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”.  

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
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
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
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
Kristina - Water is off

Kristina is a single mother of a five year old little boy. She just started a job at a fast-food place. She works closely with her son's school counselor to give him the best start in life possible. She paid $75 on the bill but needs an additional $331.25 to reconnect. She is unable to stay in her home until the water is reconnected.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Water
  • Ref#: 821784
  • $331.25
Ashley - Father became ill

Ashley lost her job when her father became ill and she had to care for him. It was a good paying job too. Her dad ended up passing away within a few weeks. She quickly got a new job but it is not as many hours. Ashley is seeking rental assistance to keep her son and her housed.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Rent
  • Ref#: 975345
  • $350.00
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