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”.  

Ashia - Care giver

Ashia requested assistance with her electric bill when she was not getting enough hours to maintain her monthly expenses. She is the primary care giver of her mother who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer and is trying to care for her mother in and out of the hospital. Ashia was able to obtain full time employment as weel as a  placement for her mother to be cared for around the clock in a care facility. Ashia needs $218.59 to keep the electricity connected until she receives her first check.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 511831
  • $218.59
Tynisha - Going to school

Tynisha was working and trying to go to school to have better opportunities in the future for her and her children. In order to better her future, Tynisha left her previous job because she was unable to arrange her schedule so she can continue to go to school. Tynisha took a pay cut and got a job at a place she had worked before where she knew her schedule will be more flexible so she is able to keep going to school. In between switching jobs, Tynisha had a month she did not receive a pay check. This month caused her to fall behind on her bills. Tynisha needs $165.44 to pay toward her water bill .

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Water
  • Ref#: 281214
  • $165.44
Burden Lifted
Jana - Laid off
Jana was recently laid off from her job and was able to apply and be approved for unemployment. The time that Jana had to wait before her first check from unemployment came put her behind on monthly expenses. Jana has to adjust her budget for the money that she receives at this time and is need of $210.45 to catch up on electric bill. 
 
  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 49439
  • $210.45
Yvonne - Health issues

Yvonne is living on limited income and had recently run into some health issues. Along with these health issues came the cost of medications which were pretty expensive. Yvonne had to make the hard decision to address her medical issues and get her medication or pay her gas bill. This put her gas in danger of being shut off and as a result, Yvonne came to Bishop Sullivan Center for help. Yvonne needs $187.40 to avoid the gas service being disconnected.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Gas
  • Ref#: 14828
  • $187.40
Kristopher - Homeless family

Kristopher, age 28 is currently homeless and living in a transitional living program with his wife and 3 children. Although the struggles are many, he has tracked down a number of job leads and was finally successful at finding employment at a plastics production company. He needs steel-toed work boots, some work shirts and a monthly bus pass.  

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 936498
  • $130.00
Burden Lifted
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
Lakeya - Homeless and struggling

Lakeya, age 24, is a single mom. She is homeless and struggling and living in a transitional living program. She didn't let her situation stop her from pursuing job leads and she was hired as a caregiver for a home health agency. Lakeya is grateful her client lives on the bus line. She needs nursing scrubs and a monthly bus pass to start this job in a good way.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 157837
  • $115.00
Richard - A stroke

Richard is a 42 year old man that thought he was pretty healthy until he recently suffered from a stroke. Richard has issues with his blood pressure and couldn't afford his medication at times which he believes led to his stroke. Richard is now receiving short term disability through his job until he is released by his doctor to return to work. Richard needs $260 toward his electric bill to catch up from the time period he was in the hospital and when he received his first check of short term disability.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 509934
  • $260.00
Christina - Husband required surgery

Christina's husband Brian was the main source of income in their household. Brian was helping his neighbor and fell while cutting trees. He injured his shoulder and foot and required surgery. Due to the injuries Brian has to wait to be released by his doctor in order to return to work. Christina's family needs $247.71 to maintain electricity while Brian is unable to work.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 235086
  • $247.71
Nive - Taking care of her mother

Nive applied for assistance with maintaining electricity for her family. Her health is not good and she assists with taking care of her mother, so she is unable to work. Nive's husband works in the construction business and business is suffering due to changes in weather. They also had the additional expense of paying taxes on both home and vehicles this year while the income is low. While Nive's husband is preparing to work with jobs that keep him indoors so they will be able to maintain monthly expenses.  They need $284.42 to keep the electricity connected.  

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 262900
  • $284.42