I have done my first "Home Visit" which is to visit the home (of usually elderly people) and survey what they need help with. Todays visit was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. This couple lives right here in Roanoke Rapids, the husband is dying from cancer, the wife has something like a hunch back and is disabled. They rent their house. It does not have a working heater, the doors and windows are falling off. The landlord has passed away and their Grand children are taken over this house.I went to see if they had anyway to get heat. We had some crisis funds for just this problem. They had their water cut off last week, and the power was due to be cut off today. The husband is confined to the bed. I had to do an interveiw sitting in a lawn chair, with a blanket wrapped around my legs, it was that cold in there. They had some furniture but not much. He gets Social Security of 428$ a month. The rent is 425$ a month. She does not get disablity, she was turned down. This leaves them 3$ to live off of for a month. They have medicines they can not get or anything else for that matter. Now, my thing is...what can we as a society do to prevent this to keep happening? What can we do to help? They have no food, no heat. I did get there electric paid and on, and a friend of the slumlord paid for their water. Are we to sit back and wait for stuff like this to happen to us. Should we sit on our fat asses, go about our every day lifes thinking how bad we have it? I'm looking for real answers, i guess. The "government is not helping them by the way" I work for non-profit organization that has to beg for every penny we get. And thanks to Bush, we have been cut every year he has been in office 1000's of dollars. Lets try to help...don't ask me how, I just know we need to do something. Our wonderful government is doing jack **** for our elderly.