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”.  

Deliverance - Halfway house

Deliverance, age 41, was recently released from prison and is living at a halfway house. Working a part-time job that was offering her only a few hours a week, she came into our program to seek full-time employment so she will have the money to move into her own place and move out of being homeless, and she succeeded!  She needs a monthly bus pass, work clothes and shoes, as well as undergarments and thermal underwear as she navigates her work schedule on the bus line.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 828018
  • $160.00
Burden Lifted
Stephanie - Caring for her brother

Stephanie and her sister care for their totally disabled adult brother every since their mom passed. They each take 12 hour shifts and work part-time in between his care. Her electricity is due for shut off and is vital for her brothers equipment.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 248866
  • $334.65
Tessa - Persevering spirit

Tessa, age 31, has been a true example of a persevering spirit. She entered our jobs program with the intent of moving only forward in her life, not returning to her past behaviors. She has now been clean for 8 months! and we assisted her in getting her warrants lifted with the court. She has been a godsend to the staff at the Kansas office, where she is completing community service hours by cleaning and maintaining the clothing room. As she winds down her community service hours she has begun to turn her sights to job search. Sure enough, she got a job very quickly waiting tables at Bob Evans. Tessa's prayer is to reunite with her children, as she lost custody of them several years ago. Her will and her focus have been inspirational in demonstrating how you can break the chains of negative experiences and form a new life.  She needs shoes, clothing and a bus pass to get re-started.  

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 123162
  • $105.00
Burden Lifted
Shawn - Grateful, kind and humble

Shawn, age 48, a very grateful, kind and humble man, has been looking for a custodian job for months. Social skills being a little awkward, he plugged away at interviews but never got an offer. Finally, he was offered a fulltime Ambassador/Janitorial job with the Downtown Improvement District (KCMO) and he is ecstatic. He could hardly contain his happiness when he entered our office with his wide grin. He needs help with a hygiene kit, shoes, and a monthly bus pass to begin work.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 317950
  • $90.00
Burden Lifted
Jeremy - Sober house

Jeremy is a motivated job seeker who relocated to KCMO from central Kansas in order to seek and maintain sobriety. Currently he is living in a sober house and is really persevering to find work. He lost everything when he hit bottom and went through a divorce. Fortunately, he landed work quickly in the tree removal business, where he has much experience. Since he will be working exclusively outside, he needs warm gear to be successful at work - steel-toed safety boots, insulated coveralls, face mask and a monthly bus pass to get started.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 673700
  • $200.00
Burden Lifted
Doug - Good attitude

Due to a series of unfortunate events, Doug, age 56, found himself homeless. With good construction skills and good attitude to dig himself out of the hole, he persevered and landed a good paying Waterproofing job with a restoration company. He is so grateful for this opportunity and needs to get some basic tools/construction supplies to begin working.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 361146
  • $217.75
Burden Lifted
Paola - Picking up the pieces

Paola, age 50, is homeless and living with a friend and her daughter until she can obtain work and her own place. Originally from Mexico, Paola was the victim of domestic violence and is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. She is tall for a woman, and needs to obtain interview and work clothes as well as shoes that will fit properly.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 984882
  • $100.00
Burden Lifted
Shannon - Dentures

Shannon called desperate for some help with her dentures. The 44 year old woman felt like not having teeth was holding her back from getting a job and having confidence in life. She had been making payment on the dentures and any "Christmas money" family extended to her she was putting to them as well. As Shannon put it, the dentist was holding them hostage until she had them paid in full. Tears fill Shanoon's eyes when she talks about the excitement of smiling once again.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 394808
  • $355.00
Garry - Hurt on the job

Garry was hurt on the job he was working and suffered an arm injury. Living at a sober house, he is desperate to get back to work, as he has a strong work ethic. Becoming homeless was something he thought he would never experience. Entering our program, he found work quickly with another construction company as a laborer and needs basic tools, steel-toed work boots and a monthly bus pass so the owner can start him working.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 969557
  • $200.00
Burden Lifted
Suzanne - fleeing domestic violence

Suzanne is a mother of 3 children who is fleeing domestic violence. Trying to start anew is difficult since her twins who are 4 need daycare and finding a job that is flexible in hours is a struggle for Suzanne. Suzanne was referred to an agency who assists with late child care hours and now she has a new job opportunity. However, only working a few days made it impossible for her to stay afloat. She in need of $300 towards her electric otherwise she will be disconnected.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 795269
  • $300.00
Burden Lifted