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”.  

Kim - Putting her life back together

Kim, age 45, was just released from federal prison for a white collar crime and she has been working hard to put her life back together. Due to the nature of her workplace crime, she had a very difficult time of it getting an employer to give her another chance. Finally, she has just been hired on as an Office Manager for a pallet company and needs gasoline for her car as well as work attire, shoes and undergarments to get through until she receives her first paycheck.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 963139
  • $90.00
Burden Lifted
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
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
Belinda - Car problems

Belinda had to replace 2 tie rods on her car in order for it to pass inspection and get her car tagged. She needs $192.19 to keep her electric service connected.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 101303
  • $192.19
Razon - Carpal tunnel

Razson is an office worker who has had carpal tunnel syndrome for at least 10 years. She decided she needed to have surgery, otherwise she wouldn’t be able to continue her job. She saved up half of the cost of the surgery and had the procedure done. Although she received FMLA, it was less than 600 a month, not nearly enough to cover her monthly expenses. When she started back to work, 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
Ashleigh - used all her savings

Ashleigh was without work for three months. After she lost her job, she used all her savings to meet her monthly expenses. Now that she has found a new job and is waiting to be for her first check, she is needs $300 in order to to stay in her home.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Rent
  • Ref#: 159899
  • $300.00
Julian - Motivated

Julian, age 27 is a single, motivated young man. He was referred to our program from his aunt, who was in our program last year. Seeking a production job, he had a few interviews and accepted a day shift production job near his home. He is excited to be returning to work and needs help with work clothes and a monthly bus pass to get started.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 356995
  • $100.00
Burden Lifted
Tammy - working diligently

Tammy has been working diligently on her job search. Freezing up while taking tests has made the process longer than expected. She worked 18 years at one place and is rusty at interviewing and test taking, but is working hard to do better. Tammy has a past due electric bill and fear of it being shut off is also distracting. She is seeking help with $281.50 to keep the service connected.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 30427
  • $281.50
Burden Lifted
Lydia - Homeless Veteran

Lydia was a homeless veteran. She secured work and housing through a veterans program, but then became hospitalized which caused her to lose her job. Through the Bishop Sullivan Jobs program, she secured a new job but will not get a paycheck for a month. Lydia's electricity will be off before then, which could cause her to lose her housing. She is seeking $284.09 to keep the electric service connected.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 797392
  • $284.09
Tim - Accident

Tim, age 51, is used to working and paying his own bills. Last summer he had an accident and a few months later had a heart attack and was off work for a few months, putting him behind on his bills. Although he tried to pay what he could, his electric/water service was cut off just as he was starting our employment services program. Tim is in need of $219.29 to restore his BPU utility service.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 964108
  • $219.29