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”.  

Quindala - New single mother

Quindala is now a single mother of two since she and her husband separated leaving her with only one income in the home. She has started the process to get assistance for the care of her children from her husband, but has not yet been able to receive financial assistance. Quindala needs $185.34 to keep the electricity connected. 

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 242921
  • $185.34
Essence - Avoiding eviction

Essence is a single mother of a teenage girl.  After being laid off from her permanent employment, Essence had been working temporary jobs to keep up with her growing bills. However, after the temporary job lost the contract, she was forced to spend her meager savings on bills until she found more stable employment. While exhausting all her savings, Essence got behind on her rent. She finally got job at a computer company, but needs assistance for this month. She is in need of $280 to keep to avoid an eviction.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Rent
  • Ref#: 161056
  • $280.00
Burden Lifted
Hattie - Lost her job

Hattie is 74 years old and was working up until recently at a nursing home. She lost her job of 23 years and is now trying to make it on her fixed income. She needs help to keep her water connected.  

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Water
  • Ref#: 286093
  • $187.65
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
Michelle and Gerald - Homeless and struggling

Michelle and Gerard are a couple who are both in our employment services program to find a job. Homeless and struggling, the 4 tires on their car are threadbare & need to be replaced. They need $219.34 for some used tires.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 482807
  • $219.34
Burden Lifted
Linda - Retired and struggling

Linda is 66 years old and on a fixed income. Her car broke down which caused expenses not budgeted. She is dependent upon her car to get to and from doctor appointments. Paying for the car repairs meant she could not pay the water bill this month. She needs $161.03 to keep the water connected.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Water
  • Ref#: 171254
  • $161.03
Dusti - Getting started

Dusti, age 42, is an unemployed single mom who is striving to find work. Positively focused, she jumped right in and showed due diligence on her job search. She was hired at a restaurant and is planning on picking up a 2nd job as well. She needs work clothes for the new job and a few bus passes to get started.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 474188
  • $84.50
Patricia - Transmission problem

Patricia is a working single mother who started having car trouble that escalated into a problem with her transmission. She was quoted a large amount that she could not afford. Patricia had an opportunity to get another car for cheaper than it would cost to fix transmission. Since she needs transportation in order to maintain employment, Patricia took advantage of the opportunity and purchased the car. That made her fall behind on paying her electric bill. Patricia needs $278.41 to catch up on electric bill.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 926856
  • $278.41
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
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