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
Harold - Struggling

Harold, age 41, has been struggling to find stable employment. Because he has been in and out of the staffing agencies, he has remained quite underemployed. Trying to assist him in making better choices, he pursued getting his former job back at AWG and it is in process. In the meantime he has picked up a steady job through a staffing agency as a cook at Cerner's cafeteria and needs help with shoes and a monthly bus pass so he can get to and from work until he gets a full paycheck.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 542377
  • $90.00
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
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
Ronnay - Risk of eviction

Ronnay is a single mother and she is a hard worker. She was excited that she racked up enough hours of PTO to travel to introduce her son to some of his family for the first time. However, after returning when she got paid, her employer made an error and forgot to add her PTO on her paycheck. This was the first of the month and her rent became past due. Landlord was quick to threaten eviction although Ronnay has never been late before. HR corrected the mistake and it will be on her next paycheck, she just doesn’t not have the money before then. She is in need of $379 or she will be at risk for eviction and added late fee’s.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Rent
  • Ref#: 808501
  • $379.00
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
Kimberly - Car accident

Kimberly was involved in a car accident that made her miss some time from work. A couple of weeks after her accident, she was let go from her job. Kimberly struggled with finding employment, but, working hard in the Jobs program, was able to find suitable employment for herself and her child. Kimberly needs $300.00 to catch up on electric bill.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 975255
  • $300.00
Albert - Halfway house

Albert was recently released from prison and is living at a halfway house. He started our jobs program with a strong motivation to rebuild his life. Right now he has only 1 pair of pants and needs interview clothes to present himself well to employers.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 979325
  • $85.00
Burden Lifted