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”.  

Daureen - Loving her job

Daureen lost her job of 9 years due to company cut backs. She was without work until November, when local school bus company hired her.  She is the now in the full-swing of things, loving her new job carrying children to school and back.  The the time she was unemployed got her behind on her bills. She is in need of $175.00 or her and her young daughter will be without electricity.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 206585
  • $186.00
David - Long shot

David seemed like a long shot to begin working anytime soon. he was living out of the back of his truck, mostly parking in Walmart lots and hoping it wouldn't rain or get drastically cold. He was new to Kansas City and needed some help knowing where to look for work, not fully knowing the layout of KC. We assisted him with updating his resume and searching job leads. David was hired on at one of the first places he applied. He had a good work history and pictures of his previous work in landscape design. David is requesting gas assistance for his vehicle to get to the job site and some tools/pants for work.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 680641
  • $115.00
Burden Lifted
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
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
William - First job after prison

William, age 56, was recently released from prison. Coming into our employment services program, he obtained work quickly at a restaurant busing tables. He is so grateful to have found work already and knows the obtaining the first job out of prison is always the hardest. William needs a monthly bus pass, non-skid work shoes and work pants to get started in the industry.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 192168
  • $120.00
Burden Lifted
Amanda - Child died

Amanda came in requesting assistance with electric bill as a result of her 13 year old child being killed in a car accident. There was no insurance policy for the child and Amanda had to pay for funeral expenses out of her pocket. She needs $323 to keep her electric connected.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 154416
  • $323.00
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
Suzanne - Severe infection

Suzanne originally entered our employment program in Sept but got a severe infection in her leg and had to put her job search on hold. After she recovered and was able to focus on job search, she came back into the program right before the holidays. Suzanne was excited to be the first person in the new year to gain a job through our assistance and her hard work. Suzanne needs work shoes and pants for her job as a server. She is also in need for a monthly bus pass. Client is working on obtaining a second job at a grocery store as well.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 769706
  • $130.00