| Each of the following individual circumstances
is unique, but the message is the same: Connecticut teachers need
not ever sacrifice their pride, dignity, and independenceeven
if they no longer teach in a classroom.
A 37-year-old single mother of two had to take early
medical retirement due to illness. The HBMF paid for a financial planner
to create a budget as well as a social worker to find local resources.
The HBMF also provides a monthly stipend to help with living expenses.
A 75-year-old retired Connecticut teacher living in a Florida mobile
home receives a teachers pension of about $900 a month. With
no Social Security and no Medicare, the HBMFs gift helps with
daily living expenses and health insurance.
A 73-year-old teacher living in subsidized senior housing in Ridgefield
was able to purchase a bed, hearing aids, and a motorized scooter
through a gift from the HBMF.