Facing high housing costs, health issues, Sarasota woman helped by Season of Sharing

Kelly Halvey isn’t sure how she got here.

Not here as in Florida. No, that move to Sarasota 18 years ago was an easy and heartfelt one – following her parents in their retirement to the state after her father’s cancer diagnosis. From that point forward, she’d cared for them both, through her father’s death in 2012, and her mother’s a year ago – all the while tending to her own medical needs and disability springing from rheumatoid arthritis.

Instead, by here she means a different kind of landscape in which she now finds herself at age 61 – devastated emotionally from the unexpected passing of her mother, and financially as well – her electric service turned off earlier this year and past due rent threatening the roof over her head.