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”.  

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
Shamika - Injured and suspended

Shamika lost her job due to a work injury. She had been employed with the same company for over two years. She injured herself and was suspended. They cut back her hours from 6 days a week to only two days a week. She did obtain legal council and is moving forward with a lawsuit. Shamika was able to obtain new employment through the Jobs program at Bishop Sullivan Center. She needs $300.00 on her December rent in order to stay in her home.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Rent
  • Ref#: 425557
  • $300.00
Burden Lifted
David -Lift chair

David has had his lift chair for several years. he got it used off of an ad and it was already 10 years old when he got it. Chairs like this often don't have that long of life on them. David is in an assisted living facility and his chair broke., Almost all of his income goes to his living and medical needs. David paid for half of the cost of his chair and needs additional money to pay the rest.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 979607
  • $590.00
Lashawn - School district called

The school district called us to see if we could assist a mom and her 2 children who were recently evicted into getting into a new home. The oldest child is disabled. The mom had been staying with family members but the arrangement was starting to take its toll. Mom paid the deposit but her income could not cover first month's rent. She needs $550 to move in. The great news is the kids can remain at their school, which will help them achieve academically.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Rent
  • Ref#: 73251
  • $550.00
Angela - Homeless to home

The police department contacted us when they met a woman living at a shelter with her 3 children. She has been homeless for a year and a half. She is finally stable enough to have a place to call their own. The cost of a deposit and the application feel is all she can afford right now. She has an old electric bill that she needs to get current on in order to move in.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 373878
  • $326.79
Donteal - Bad landlord

Donteal had a bad landlord. Her water was leaking into the basement through the kitchen and bathroom. Attempts to get the problem fixed were answered by an eviction notice. She was saddled with a $2500 water bill and unable to rent elsewhere. Donteal has 4 children and was couch surfing from family to family. The children's school took notice and helped her secure a new place willing to work with the eviction. Donteal paid a lot towards the water bill but still had a ways to go. She has made arrangements, but the cost of moving and the large deposit she paid initially has her needing help.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Water
  • Ref#: 218896
  • $277.30
Sheila - Veteran

Sheila, age 56, is a Veteran who became alcoholic and never sought sobriety until recently. She has now been sober for several months and she came into our jobs program to see if she could truly be successful at finding and keeping work. She found work as a home health aide and needs a monthly bus pass and scrubs to get started.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 925209
  • $85.00
Burden Lifted
Kim - Complicated diabetes

Kim has complicated diabetes. She had an infection that would not heal which landed her in the hospital for a week. She now has to remain on a IV antibiotic with multiple doctor visits. Being that she works in home health, she is not able to return to work until her infection heals. Kim has fallen behind on rent and is seeking assistance.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Rent
  • Ref#: 26308
  • $350.00
Trisha - Domestic violence

Trisha was in a domestic violence situation for 3 years. She left her abuser a year ago and has been a shelter that whole time, trying to pick up the pieces. She is disabled and finally secured housing once again. She has a gas bill that is keeping her from getting the keys to her new place. She needs $200 to get it reconnected.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Gas
  • Ref#: 50448
  • $200.00
Diane - Getting started

Diane, age 33, entered our employment services program with the hopes of finding good employment. She was successful at being hired on at a production company on the bus line. She needs a monthly bus pass and work clothes to get started.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 624940
  • $130.00