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Agency helps pay for prescriptions

The Daystar Life Center program is in addition to rent and emergency aid.

By JORGE SANCHEZ

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 31, 2000


CRYSTAL RIVER -- Due to the financial success of its thrift shop, Daystar Life Center has launched a new financial aid program that provides money to help pay for prescription drugs.

Daystar Life Center started the program one year ago, said director Richard Meyer. The prescription drug financial aid program joined Daystar's other programs such as rent or mortgage assistance and emergency utility bill payments.

"The Daystar thrift store brought in some extra money and we decided to use it to help people pay for prescriptions," Meyer said.

Since the program started in July 1999, Daystar has been giving out between $700 and $1,000 a month to people who need help in order to purchase medicines. Meyer said the aid is given to people of all ages and is based on financial need.

To qualify, an applicant must fill out a financial aid form at Daystar Life Center. The prescription aid is a one-time only assistance and is not intended to pay for regular supplies of medications.

"We help all kinds of people, from young marrieds to single parent families to the elderly," Meyer said. "But we tell them it's just a one-time deal."

Meyer said Daystar will also work with the division of Support Services of the Citrus County government as well as with other agencies such as Citrus United Basket to provide more help to clients who need money to pay for prescription drugs.

Daystar Life Center also provides help for people facing foreclosure or eviction from their homes. In order to qualify, Meyer said, the person must have been served a foreclosure or eviction notice.

For more information, visit the Daystar Life Center at 6751 W Gulf To Lake Highway (State Road 44) or call 795-8668.

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