The stories below are real. Each person’s need has been authenticated and vetted. In most cases, as the need was urgent, for example, no running water or a utility disconnect notice, we went ahead and “borrowed” on your generosity, hoping that it would be covered.   We ask each person we help to write a Thank-you note.  When you Help One, we will forward you the often heart felt and always gracious note that has been written.  Thank you for considering to “Help One”.  

Charlene - Broken ankle

Charlene was unemployed and once she found a job, she was injured and broke her ankle. Charlene is now under medical direction to be off of work until her ankle heals properly and she is able to return to the work force. Charlene needs $300.41 to keep the electric connected while she is healing and able to return to work.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 460268
  • $300.41
Michael - School and work

Michael, age 52 has been faithfully working in our employment services program while he returned to school to obtain his High School Equivalency. He has school in the morning and then comes in every afternoon for job search. Very quickly he was hired for overnights in a casino floor EVS position. He will continue his schooling. He needs help on his electric bill because it is getting ready to be shut off. Now that he has found a job, he'll be able to carry the ball from there.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 908482
  • $257.51
Jemica - Mother passed

Jemica's mother recently passed and did not have adequate funds to pay for burial. Jemica is still working with funeral home on paying for the burial, but used the money she had to begin the process to have a proper funeral and burial for her mother. While trying to take care of funeral expenses, Jemica used the money that she would have spent on utilites. She needs $259.73 to keep the gas connected.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Gas
  • Ref#: 102051
  • $259.73
David - Homeless to working

David, age 59, has no formal education past elementary school. He came into our employment services program seeking help to find a job while living at a homeless shelter and getting around on the bus line. Blessed with mechanical aptitude abilities, he went out to do a community service project through the homeless shelter to give back to other. When the site coordinator saw the initiative he took while volunteering at this non-profit site, they offered him a position as maintenance worker. Because he is indigent he needs help with clothing, work tools and a monthly bus pass.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 473528
  • $182.31
Ray - Disconnect notice

Ray and his family have never fallen on hard times. The couple has always worked but with budget cuts to Dollar General, Ray lost his job as a store manager, and they used up their saving to pay for bills. Currently, Ray’s wife Krystal is starting a job at US bank, but in the meantime, the have a disconnect notice for $197.41. They need assistance or their electricity will be shut off.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 274933
  • $197.41
Burden Lifted
Tonya - Car problems

Tonya was managing monthly expenses until she had to replace her fuel filter. Since her vehicle is the only means she has to get to work, she had to pay for the repair. This caused her to not have enough money to cover her electric bill. Tonya needs $ 144.49 to keep the electricity connected.  

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 943066
  • $144.49
Burden Lifted
Katherine - A job near home

Katherine, age 47, came into the jobs program looking for a job near her home. Not having a vehicle, she knew she needed something close to her home. After a few months of searching, she located a restaurant job that offered the day hours she was seeking - near home - and one where she would be home before dark, for her peace of mind. She needs work clothes and bus passes until her paycheck begins.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 317982
  • $93.50
Anesha - No place to go

Anesha is a single mother of 4 children. When she called me, and left a message, she explained she was responsible for caring for her mother who was diagnosed with cancer in May and she was interested in our services and to please call her back. When I returned her call less than 24 hours later, she regrettably informed me that her mother had passed away the night before. Caring for her mother left Anesha behind on her bills because she was nor getting any more paid time off. Now, on top of this, she has to foot the bill for funeral expenses. All this put Anesha behind on her rent. She is in need of $344.00 or she will be evicted from her home and this family will have no place to go.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Rent
  • Ref#: 105948
  • $344.00
Burden Lifted
Tarrelle - Motivated mother

Tarrelle is a motivated mother who wants to do right by her young son. Everything was going well until Tarrelle was in a serious car accident that totaled her car. She didn’t have the money to buy a new one and ended up losing her job because it was not on the bus line. Even though she found a job on the bus line now, she is behind on her electric bill and is need of $210.98 or her and her young son will be in the dark.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 164115
  • $210.98
Burden Lifted
Leola - Domestic violence victim

Leola recently fled a domestic violence situation. She is the mother of two. Without any work, she joined our employment program. Despite some barriers, she landed not one, but two jobs within a month of joining the program. She will not have a first check until after rent is due and is worried about eviction. Leola seeking help with a portion of rent, $475, to remain housed.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Rent
  • Ref#: 678963
  • $475.00