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”.  

Rushelle - Faith is strong

Rushelle, just turned 60 and has been in our employment services program for the past few months looking for work. Her husband was recently returned to prison but her faith is strong in making a way. She has been hired for a receptionist position near her home but lacks clothing for an office position.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 184675
  • $105.00
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
Steven - Joy-filled and positive

Steven, age 53, is currently homeless but diligently trying to find work so he can stabilize his situation and move out of the homeless shelter. He has gone about his work search with a joy-filled, positive spirit. He found work as a package handler and needs work boots and clothes to make this job happen.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 950503
  • $110.00
Burden Lifted
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
Vincent - From another state

Vincent is seeking help after moving to KC from another state. He is trying to get his life in order and take care of some legal problems. He has found some part-time contract work but needs help with a monthly bus pass until he begins to gain income again.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 963562
  • $50.00
Burden Lifted
Gloria - Walk-in

Gloria, age 44, was a walk-in to the employment services office in Kansas one recent morning. With her fiancee in jail, she became homeless but possessed a fire in her belly to do all she needed to do to get work and keep things together. Very quickly she got a list of production and warehouse employers on the bus line and took to getting her applications in. She got 4 interviews off the bat and talked her way into being hired at a candle company as a production lead, based on past experience. To start the job she needs sturdy work shoes and a monthly bus pass.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 274916
  • $100.00
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
Joshua - Better decisions

Joshua was recently released from prison and is very motivated to make better decisions and move his life forward. He followed up on every job lead and was hired as a Line Cook for a restaurant in the Power & Light District. He needs a monthly bus pass and work shoes & shirts to get started.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 946693
  • $125.00
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
Colin - History of mental illness

Colin, age 44, has a history of mental illness and has struggled to keep employment. He has recently returned from living in CO. and he has the support of his parents in trying to help him remain housed and working. With a vehicle, he was able to get work quickly as a crew member in a restaurant setting. We have discussed behaviors needed to keep work. To start this job he is in need of gasoline for his car, non-skid work shoes and work pants.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 980016
  • $115.00