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”.  

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
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
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
Stephen - Grateful for the opportunity

Stephen, age 25, has spent some years behind bars and is trying to turn his life around. He came into employment services and found a custodial job. He needs steel-toed boots and a bus pass to start work and is so grateful for this opportunity.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 558514
  • $105.00
Burden Lifted
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
Oscar - Primary wage earner

Oscar, age 56, is the primary wage earner for his family. He speaks little English. He was seeking a 2nd job in the service industry and with his perseverance, he located a 2nd shift as a dishwasher at a hotel. He is grateful, but has little money and needs help with non-skid work shoes, clothing and gasoline for his car until his paychecks start.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 690418
  • $85.00
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
Amanda - Restarting

Amanda, age 42, is in our employment services program and is preparing to go to an interview on a possible career office job. With a past felony on her record, she is working hard to be as focused and ready as possible to have a strong interview with the owner of a property management company, and hopefully get hired because of her credentials and character. She needs work clothes for the interview, and hopefully for future work and gas to get there.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 584998
  • $90.00
Burden Lifted
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