During the month of January, my siblings and I received the unfortunate news that both of my parents had unexpectedly perished. The loss of a parent is generally something that every child anticipates, but few are truly prepared for; financially or otherwise. My superior took it upon herself to reach out to the (MLBA) board to see if there was any sort of assistance available. The fund was able to cover the entire cost of the services, something for which we are eternally grateful. With the financial burden of this tragedy alleviated, our family is able to focus our time and energy to the healing process that lies ahead. Thank you.