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”.  

John - Back on track

John, age 60, has wrestled with an addiction problems which led to prison. Now trying to get his life back on track, he diligently followed up on production job leads he felt would be a good match. Currently homeless, he found work centrally located that pays a living wage and he will work hard to gain housing next. He needs gas for his car and workboots to begin.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 174243
  • $110.00
Kay and Anthony - Stressed

Kay and Anthony have a 2 year old son. They have been very stressed on how they were going to pay bills. Neither one has needed help before. Anthony just started a new job but hasn't been paid yet. They will be fine moving forward and be able to provide like they have in the past. They were removed from the KCPL payment plan and now owe the entire amount to keep from being disconnected.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 641540
  • $327.74
Angelisa - Violence forced her to move

Angelisa moved here with her two children to be closer to her mom. She holds down a decent job that has kept her from needing help before. Not knowing the area well, she took the first affordable place she could find. There has been a lot of violence in her apartment complex, a girl was recently murdered and then most recently stray bullets entered her apartment and grazed her son. He is only 8 years old and keeps asking if they will be killed too. The police department advocated to her landlord to let her out of her lease. She found a new place but could pay for the deposit and first months rent. She is asking for $371 for the rent portion and she paid the $750 deposit.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Rent
  • Ref#: 977536
  • $371.00
Christina - About to lose her home

Christina is 70 years old and requires in-home health care. She was about to lose her home of 35 years and had to hire a lawyer. That extra expense kept her from paying on the electric, which she had always been able to before. Christina needs $249.29 to get current again.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 944022
  • $249.29
Donnie - Spirit and determination

Donnie, age 53, was recently released from prison. He has little more than the shirt on his back and has gotten started in our jobs program. His spirit and determination are great, but he needs interview attire for managerial work and gasoline for his car as he strives to meet with prospective employers.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 984520
  • $105.00
Mary - In therapy

Mary, age 51, came from a stable background but due to mental illness she made a bad choice which landed her in prison. Now back out and living in a transitional living program and in therapy, she used her strong work ethic to find work quickly in a grocery store on the bus line. Mary needs non-skid work shoes, work pants and shirts and a monthly bus pass to get started.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 978868
  • $135.00
Latoya - Inconsistent child support

Latoya is a single mother of 3. She lost her job recently and her child support is very inconsistent. She is starting a new job at the beginning of next month so will be able to keep up in the future. She needs half of what is owed on the rent.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Rent
  • Ref#: 212869
  • $350.00
Krystal - Hard times

Krystal, age 29, has been going through some very hard times. Homeless and living in her car, she is working on job search through our program. Unfortunately, she lost all her belongings in her storage unit 3 months ago and all she owns is carried on her backpack. Krystal needs clothing, undergarments and shoes as she begins job searching in preparation for interviewing.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Jobs
  • Ref#: 853173
  • $115.00
Paul - PTSD

Paul has been struggling with PTSD since being held hostage and assaulted during an armed robbery at his work. he has been in and out of the hospital so much that his 80 year old mother moved in to care for him. He has applied for disability and with her income now in the home things should start to find a balance. Paul needs $308.04 to keep the electric on. His mother did pay some on the bill but he just got too far behind before she stepped in to help.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: KCPL
  • Ref#: 618849
  • $308.04
Carol - Shattered glass

Carol headed to her car after attending a funeral to find that her car had been broken into and stolen right in front of the church. All that remained was shattered glass. They not only got away with her truck, but also her cell, purse, and eye glasses. She quickly notified the bank and found out the person had already tried using her card two times for purchases. Carol is trying to recover her losses but it has left her unable to pay the gas bill. Carol is 66 years old and on a fixed income.

  • Status: Open
  • Expense: Gas
  • Ref#: 756156
  • $197.56