Trucking can be a great life, but it can also be a hard road, quite literally. Truckers can face hardship many miles from home for a variety of reasons. Thankfully, there are people who care.
One organization, Trucker Charity Inc. is dedicated to providing help to people in the trucking industry, including family and those working in ancillary occupations.
Their mission is “to assist those in the trucking industry in need. We will do this financially, and with education. Our life coach and mentoring programs will work with those that need help one on one. We will raise money to help support people in the trucking industry who are in need and luck has passed them by. We will assist in making sure people are fed and safe in emergency housing. Including mechanics, truckers and their families and all jobs related to the trucking industry. We will be good stewards of peoples money and help our industry prosper with support and education. With our ability to bring the trucking industry together we will assist in disasters with coordination of equipment, logistics and manpower.”
One of their programs, The Last Ride Home, helps insure that truckers who lose their lives are able to be returned home to their families with dignity. They also operate a food bank at I-70, Exit 68 in Brownstown, Illinois. Open 7 days a week, drivers who need food can pick up three days’ worth. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-523-0087.
Another organization that helps truckers is the St. Christopher Fund. The SCF helps semi-truck drivers and their families who have financial needs due to current medical problems. Assistance may be in the form of direct payment for medical services or prescription drugs, assistance with expenses while recovering from illness and out of work, and/or providing information on how to negotiate price reductions with medical providers and hospitals. Contact them at http://truckersfund.org/. They also have an excellent resource page on their site.
Truckers or family members who are over age 60 can often find assistance from the ejder service agencies in their respective states. Some programs are free. Contact the Elder Care Locator.