Life in the Deep End

Aleta, who is a very active mother, loves taking long walks at the park with her daughter and spending time with close friends. As with many other summer lovers, Aleta found a day to spend on the water with some friends to enjoy the August sun.

Aleta, who is a very active mother, loves taking long walks at the park with her daughter and spending time with close friends. As with many other summer lovers, Aleta found a day to spend on the water with some friends to enjoy the August sun. The fun that was expected that day took a turn when Aleta missed her landing when jumping onto a friend’s raft while floating on a riverbed. The result was a fractured fibula and compound fractures of both tibiae.

The physical pain was excruciating, but when the bones began to mend, the emotional stress soon followed. “How am I going to take care of my daughter? How am I going to pay for rent and my other bills?” Aleta asked herself these tough questions. That is when she remembered the Hug Fund, a program to help employees when they face an unexpected catastrophic event that causes financial distress.

Aleta filled out the application for a grant. “It really wasn’t that bad of a process. Once the application was received, it didn’t take long for a response. Once I heard the news that I was approved, a huge weight lifted off my shoulders,” Aleta explains.

“I definitely would recommend the Hug Fund to fellow coworkers if they experience a catastrophic event. The Hug Fund helped me through a very scary time in my life.”