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
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
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
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
T-Juan - A joyful spirit

T-Juan, age 40 has worked hard to turn his life around. He has a goal of eventually going into the ministry. For now, he is unemployed and so entered our program with a joyful spirit. Dressed like he was going to go to an interview every day, it didn't take him long to find work in a warehouse setting. He needs steel-toed boots and 1 monthly bus pass to get off on the right foot.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 767490
  • $125.00
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
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
Kevin - Boots and gloves

Kelvin, 57 years old, has been homeless for several months. He stays at City Union Mission and got involved with the Job Hunters program. He was referred to our employment service program. After only one month of dedicated job searching he has been offered a job with a trucking company as a driver. He needs a bus pass, work boots and gloves to get started. 

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 534108
  • $145.00
Burden Lifted
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
Shawn - Single father

Shawn is 33 years old, single father to a 10 year old. After being unemployed for 2 months, Shawn found out about our jobs program when he came in to ask for pantry assistance. He has successfully obtained employment with CVS as an Assistant Store Manager. Shawn needs help with clothing and shoes to start his job as well as a monthly bus pass in order to get back and forth to work.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 264564
  • $156.00
Burden Lifted