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”.  

Gwain - Glasses for the toddler

Aurlia and Gwain moved from N. Carolina several months ago with their 2 yr. old daughter to make a new life. Aurlia lined up a job first and Gwain came into our jobs program and got work quickly. They lived in a transitional housing program and saved their money to purchase a vehicle and move into their own place. The day after they moved in, Aurlia's toddler accidentally broke her glasses. Her vision is poor and they have exhausted their funds currently to move into their own place. She needs $159 for an eye exam and glasses.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 109807
  • $159.00
Shirley - Work clothes

Shirley, age 65, is originally from KC but had been living in Atlanta. She returned several months ago to care for her sick & elderly mom. Her mom died recently and with Shirley's stable past work history, she needed some support in today's job search market, so entered our program. Almost immediately, she was hired as a cashier at a retail company near her home. Things have been rough financially, and she needs uniform shirts and pants to meet the requirements to begin this job.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 916788
  • $90.00
Stacy - New job

Stacy started our jobs program after being unemployed for 2 weeks. While in orientation, Stacy heard that Libery Fruit Inc. was a felon friendly company. She went after orientation to fill out an application. She was called for interview 2 days after and then offered the job. Stacy will be working in a cold climate conditions and needs help with clothing and shoes, $125.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 667250
  • $125.00
Burden Lifted
David - Family support

David, age 51, came into our employment program after being released from prison. Truly seeking guidance, he followed up on suggestions with a spirit of gratitude and was hired for a custodial position downtown. David is blessed to have good family support, as it was his sister who directed him to our program. For his new job, he is required to have work pants and a bus pass. (His family has already assisted him with several things, including a phone for job search.)

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 630364
  • $110.00
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
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
Pam - In crisis

Pam, came into our jobs program in a crisis. The mother of 7 children, she had been a stay-at-home mom until her husband left her to escape criminal charges. Not to play the victim role, she dug in there and found work quickly as a personal care attendant. Unfortunately, her vehicle needs a battery and she is in need of nursing scrubs and gasoline as well.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 855693
  • $204.67
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