Since retiring in 2010, Evelyn Blissett credits her defined benefit pension with giving her the freedom and peace of mind to stay active without worrying about finances.
And now, as a retiree, Evelyn is especially aware of the value of her defined benefit pension. “Social Security doesn’t cover all of my expenses, so without my pension I don’t know how I’d stay afloat,” she said. “But when I add my pension and Social Security benefits together, I even have a little extra to help my grandchildren.”
These days, Evelyn stays active as the chairperson of the 1199SEIU Mattie Small Retirees Chapter in Brooklyn, encouraging her fellow retirees to take advantage of all the classes and activities the Retired Members Division (RMD) offers, to help them stay connected. Evelyn’s favorite is the RMD choral group. “I just love to sing,” she said, “and joining my 1199SEIU family in such a joyful way is so much fun.”
And it’s her defined benefit pension that allows her to enjoy it all, free from worry: “Now, more than ever,” Evelyn said, “I feel very fortunate to be a part of 1199SEIU.”
“Social Security doesn’t cover all of my expenses, so without my pension I don’t know how I’d stay afloat. But when I add my pension and Social Security benefits together, I even have a little extra to help my grandchildren.”
We’re always looking for the opportunity to spotlight members who are using their health, training, child-care or pension benefits to improve their lives. If you have made positive changes in your life–or are just starting to–we want to hear from you! To share your story with your fellow members in an upcoming issue of For Your Benefit, please contact the Fund at Communications@1199Funds.org.
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