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”.  

Erica - Hours cut

Erica has been maintaining stable employment, but recently her hours at work have decreased. This has caused Erica to struggle with monthly expenses. Erica hopes that she will start to see an increase in her hours in the near future, but until then she needs $235.58 to maintain her electric service.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 824904
  • $235.58
Joshua - Homeless and working

Joshua, age 33, recently entered our employment services program. He has children he is trying to support but he is currently homeless so things are rough. Because he is on the bus line and he needs to get back to work ASAP, he just accepted a job in the central city at a fast food restaurant as a cook. He is also picking up a 2nd job so he can focus on stability and moving beyond homelessness. He needs non-skid work shoes and pants, as well as transportation for the new job.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 793250
  • $92.50
Burden Lifted
Ashley - stabilized

Ashley, age 30, has been struggling with homelessness and mental illness. Now more stabilized on medication, she has lined up a job in fast food but needs $90 for non-skid shoes and some black work pants.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 962859
  • $90.00
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 Indiana, she is in need of help with $190 to obtain her Missouri Cosmetology license.  However, she must first renew her Indiana license in order to be able to get a reciprocal license from Missouri. 

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

Keya and her sister are young ladies who grew up most of their lives 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, and be homeless again, if they do not pay $331.29 for rent.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Rent
  • Ref#: 552835
  • $331.29
Timothy - Fresh start

Timothy was released from prison less than a month ago. Prison turned out to be a time for Timothy to get his life together. He took every class offered to better himself and even become a facilitator of some of those classes. Timothy showed great desire for a fresh start once released and almost immediately signed up for our program. After completing his resume he went on the job hunt and was hired at a restaurant as a cook, working a double his first day on the job. He needs some no slip shoes, work pants, shirts, and a monthly bus pass to be successful.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 747985
  • $135.00
Burden Lifted
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 but 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 connected, he needs $179.07 for the gas.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 697814
  • $179.07
Michael - Health problems

Michael is an alum of our job program and his health has suffered this past year. Michael was in the hospital with breathing trouble. He has an exposure to TB, so asthma can be especially scary. Michael needs some assistance with his medication in order to remain healthy and able to work.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 228703
  • $114.15
Caroline - Rough times

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

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Rent
  • Ref#: 959498
  • $390.00
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
Burden Lifted