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”.  

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
Mike - Fresh start

Mike, age 60 moved from St. Louis to KC with a friend in order to get a fresh start. He entered our jobs program and got work VERY quickly. He will receive Forklift Certification through his company and he is ecstatic that he will be able to build a better career with this in place. He needs steel-toed work boots and a monthly bus pass to get started working.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 940272
  • $110.00
Burden Lifted
Paul - Entry level

Paul, age 20 had been living homeless in CA. He moved in with his aunt near our office and came into the job search program. He quickly found an entry-level fast food job and is grateful to be able to help his aunt out with household expenses. He needs a monthly bus pass, non-skid work shoes and work clothes to start this job.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 979123
  • $125.00
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
Doug - Good attitude

Due to a series of unfortunate events, Doug, age 56, found himself homeless. With good construction skills and good attitude to dig himself out of the hole, he persevered and landed a good paying Waterproofing job with a restoration company. He is so grateful for this opportunity and needs to get some basic tools/construction supplies to begin working.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 361146
  • $217.75
Janice - 2nd chance

Janice, age 50, came into our program while living in a halfway house. Determined to improve her circumstances, she diligently focused and obtained job as a housekeeper at a hotel on the bus line. She is grateful to be receiving a 2nd chance and needs starter work clothes, shoes and a monthly bus pass.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 322455
  • $135.00