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Shutdown Samaritans: Sumner widow getting help

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Joan Bishop needed a little sunshine – then the government shutdown dealt her yet another blow.

Just days before, she lost Lou, her husband of 30 years. As a widow, she's entitled to Lou's Social Security payments, so she filed the necessary forms.

"And so I put that in before the shutdown, but there it sits," Bishop said.

In the span of just a few months, she had a stroke, lost her husband, and now, could lose her home.

But there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

"I am feeling better, knowing that there is hope," she said. "Because there wasn't any."

Since KWWL first ran her story on Tuesday, several groups have contacted us asking to get in touch with Bishop, so that she wouldn't have to lose her home

"I was shocked," she said. "I was really shocked."

She said the outpouring of support felt like a miracle. Her house is still up for sale, but now, she might be able to keep it.

And even if that doesn't work out, now, she could move into an elderly care facility. They're supposed to get government approval first, but now, she said that the facility will help her.

"People are very good," she said. "They are."

So when strangers reach out, to help a widow in need...

"You know they're doing what all the programs are being funded for," Bishop said.

...they can make a difference, where a government in lockdown can't.

"And I wish my husband could enjoy it with me," Bishop said. "He'd be so happy, he'd be so happy...all he ever wanted is good for me."

If you're experiencing a situation similar to Joan you can contact Operation Threshold in Waterloo. The free service has also offered to help Joan.
You can contact them at (319) 291 2065.

Sumner First State Bank President Greg Johnson would like to clarify that they do not service Bishop's home loan. As KWWL previously reported, her loan is through USDA Rural Development.

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