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”.  

Shantina - Sickle Cell

Shantina is a young mother of a very young son who battles Sickle Cell. He is in and out of the hospital, as well as sick at home. Shanina tried to hold s job, but her employer wasn’t understanding of her need for flexible hours and she was fired. She is having a hard time finding work that is suitable to her sons needs and she has no family to assist her. Losing her job had her fall behind on her water bill, and she is at risk for being disconnected. She needs $211.18 so that her and her son can keep their water connected.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Water
  • Ref#: 206673
  • $211.18
Burden Lifted
Connie - Needs power

Connie recently lost employment due to not being able to travel the long distance to work and well as the employer demanding more time than she could work, being a single mother. Connie was able to find additional employment through the Jobs program, but will need $314.06 to keep the power connected until she is able to get consistent checks. She is also working hard budgeting the new income she will receive.  

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 119649
  • $314.06
Latrice - Licence

Latrice, age 37, is a single mom of 2. She has worked hard to improve her situation. Her long term goal is to return to school to become an RN. Recently returning from IN., she is in need of help with $190 to obtain her MO. Cosmetology license, but first must also renew her Indiana license in order to be able to get a reciprocal license from Missouri. 

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 151202
  • $190.00
Keya and Keyona - Healthy lives

Keya and her sister are young ladies who grew up most of their life in homeless shelters and even on the streets due to their mother’s mental health issues and violent relationships. As they got older they made a pact to break this cycle and live a healthy life for themselves. However when Keya got into a car accident and wasn’t able to work it was hard for these sisters to get back on track. Not only was Keya not able to work. Both sisters are fearful they will be evicted if they do not pay $331.29 for rent and will homeless again.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Rent
  • Ref#: 552835
  • $331.29
Glen - Engouraged

Glen has been actively seeking work for the past several months. He is skilled in the maintenance field, but at almost 60 years old, he is struggling to find work. Glen owns his home however is having trouble keeping up with the utilities. He has had several recent interviews and feels encouraged one will come through soon. To assist Glen with keeping his utilities on, he is asking for $179.07 for the gas.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 697814
  • $179.07
Rebecca - CNA certification

Rebecca, age 50 is a single mom of a 14 year old son. Earlier in her career she was a C.N.A., but ended up moving into warehouse type jobs. She has stable work history, but lost her job recently, when she was moved from an Inspector to a Dispatcher, and found out she was not a good match for a dispatcher position. She is very motivated, because she is always used to paying her bills and supporting herself and her child. She has been out of work for several weeks and now needs help paying for the C.N.A. Refresher Course training so that she can return to working in this field, which is what she really likes and misses.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 241539
  • $150.00
Burden Lifted
Caroline - Rough times

Caroline and her husband have been experiencing rough times due to Caroline receiving workman's comp because of an accident she had. This made her husband's income be the primary source of meeting their monthly needs. All of this changed when her husband had a massive stroke that left him handicapped. Now with living with her decreased income through workman comp, they have not been able to meet all of their monthly expenses. While they are trying to apply for disability for her husband, their family needs $390.00 to maintain housing.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Rent
  • Ref#: 959498
  • $390.00
Reyna - Seeking a better life

Reyna, age 39 is originally from Mexico and written English is tough for her. She came to this country seeking a better life and after working entry-level food service for a number of years, she came into our program and we assisted her in finding a nutrition position with one of the hospitals. This is a career opportunity with a full benefits package and Reyna is so excited about this opportunity. She needs non-skid work shoes and gasoline to get started.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 233909
  • $95.00
Burden Lifted
Eveora - Car repair set her back

Eveora is a single mother of 3 children. She is a CAN and travels across the city to meet her clients. When she had unexpected car issues, she not only had to pay a large sum to repair the car, but also missed 1 week of work which set the whole family back. With the car in good shape now, shes able to return to work, but family is in need of $332.00 or their water will be shut off.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Water
  • Ref#: 318124
  • $332.00
Razon - Carpal tunnel

Razson is office worker who has had carpal tunnel syndrome for at least 10 years now. She played it off because of no health insurance but now since shes been working at the same company for 3 years, she decided she needed to have surgery, otherwise she wouldn’t be able to continue her duties. She saved up half of the cost of the surgery and had the procedure done in August, 2017. Although she received FMLA until December, it was less than 600 a month, not nearly enough to cover all her monthly expenses. When she started back to work in January, she realized she was behind on her Electric. She is in need of $317.51 or she is at risk of being disconnected.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 34496
  • $317.51