Kenny and Elaine Lubosch are originally from Roanoke, Virginia. They moved to the Outer Banks 7 years ago, attracted to the area by the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T). Elaine, who worked at the Roanoke Zoo, was losing her sight and knew that she would soon be totally blind. She wanted an opportunity to continue to work with animals, even if it had to be on a volunteer basis. N.E.S.T. provided that opportunity.
In October of 2018, Kenny had just started working full-time as a driver for UPS and also worked part-time as a monitor during the beach nourishment project to ensure the safety of the sea turtles. Elaine was a stay-at-home mom caring for the couple’s 20-month-old daughter and volunteering for N.E.S.T. On October 5th of that year, Kenny was involved in an automobile accident while driving the family car in Manteo. The car was a total loss. Kenny suffered a fractured ankle and spinal cord injuries.
A projected five weeks out of work without pay soon turned into three months. Although Kenny had insurance to help with the hospital bills, the young couple did not know how they were going to pay their rent and utilities or even purchase diapers for their young child. Fortunately, Elaine’s social worker with the North Carolina Division of the Blind referred the family to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. We were able to help the family with two months of rent.
“The Relief Foundation was absolutely amazing. Rent was our largest bill and was the scary one,” Kenny said. “We would not have made it without the help we received.”
Today things are looking up for this young family. Although they still have hospital bills from the accident, Kenny is healthy and back at work. And this spring they became a family of four when they welcome another baby girl.
Jersey Mike’s in Southern Shores and Nags Head are collecting cash donations for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation throughout the month of March, their Month of Giving.
March 31st is Jersey Mike’s Day of Giving when 100% of the sales at the Nags Head and Southern Shores restaurants will be given as a donation to the Relief Foundation. When you eat at Jersey Mike’s on March 31st, in the restaurant or via takeout, you are lifting up a local family and getting a great meal.
Over the last 5 years, Jersey Mike’s Month of Giving and Day of Giving has resulted in $23,000 of financial relief for Outer Banks families experiencing medical crises or personal tragedies.
103 East 8th Street
Nags Head, North Carolina 27959
252-255-0048 (to request assistance) 252-261-2004 (general information)
We are here to help, although we do not have open office hours.
Please call the office for information or to schedule a consultation.
The mission of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation is to assist people who live or work in our community who are burdened with financial difficulties due to debilitating illness or other personal tragedy.