Trust Fund to Benefit Elderly, Disabled Grows by Nearly
Beaumont, Texas – Entergy Texas’ long-standing program to assist low-income
senior citizens with energy bills received a big boost today when shareholders
provided a $148,800 dollar-for-dollar match to 2005 local fund-raising efforts.
The matching funds were presented to members of Project CARE’s board of
directors this morning at the Edison Plaza Building in downtown Beaumont.
Contributions made to the program in 2005, combined with the matching dollars,
means $397,835 was added to the Project CARE coffers last year.
“As proud as I am to present this check to Project CARE, I must acknowledge
the outstanding generosity of our customers and employees,” said Todd, a
regional customer service manager who represented Entergy at the event. “The
fact that this money is a match to funds already raised points out how much the
citizens of Southeast Texas and our own people care about the needs of
low-income senior citizens. Their dollars made these dollars possible.”
Project CARE, an acronym for Community Assistance Relating to Energy, began
in 1982 when Entergy’s predecessor company, Gulf States Utilities, realized that
the elderly it served were particularly vulnerable to interruptions in utility
By the end of 2005, the program through the years had paid out $3.8 million
to assist 43,822 low-income senior citizens with energy bills. Project CARE pays
up to two bills a year, whether electric, gas or other fuels. Additionally, the
organization pays for minor weatherization and will also provide for minor
repairs or purchases of heating and cooling equipment.
In 2005 alone, the program paid out more than $455,000 to assist 2,892 senior
To qualify for Project CARE assistance, a person needs to be 60 years of age
or older, or, if disabled, 55 or older. He or she must live within the Entergy
Texas service area and either be the head of the household and/or the party in
whose name the utility service is listed for which assistance has been
The program is a trust fund with actual assistance provided through 15
charitable, nonprofit agencies throughout Southeast Texas that are designated to
administer Project CARE dollars.
Members of the Project CARE board of directors include President Howard Frey
of Port Neches; Aletha Harris of The Woodlands; Georgia Elmer, Riverside; Essie
Bellfield, Orange; Shirlene Cook and Paula O’Neal, both of Beaumont; and Entergy
employees Brenda Broussard and Paula Odom.
Entergy Texas provides electricity to some 380,000 customers in 24 counties.
It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corporation is an integrated
energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail
distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with
approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the
second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers
electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi
Entergy Texas’ on-line address is