The Giving Fund: Week One

The Giving Fund profiles the cases of real people in our community who need a supporting hand to help them out of financial crisis and help to change the trajectory of their lives

Case 135
Paula is a senior citizen who lost her husband to cancer a few years ago. While continuing to grieve the loss her husband, whom she misses dearly, she was recently faced with the unexpected and unimaginable loss of her adult daughter. Her two main sources of emotional support and the joys in her life have been taken from her. Paula is a dedicated and hard-working woman, who has worked full time her entire adult life. Even during her senior years, she has continued to work full time to meet the rising costs of living and to maintain the home she and her husband worked so hard for. With the recent death of her daughter, grief has taken over her every thought and being. She is living minute to minute, hoping faith can carry her through the day. Paula will be out of work as she continues to grieve and receive the professional support she needs to regain her emotional capacity to return to work. During this time, a gift of $500 will help to cover gas and groceries.


Case 136
Sonya is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at a local community care center and the mother of three children, ages 9 to 17. Sonya has always done her best to provide for her family by working as many shifts as possible. This past spring, she had to endure two painful heel surgeries that were a result of her being on her feet all day with patients. The time away from work for two months had a major impact on the household income. The oldest daughter worked full-time this past summer and is working part-time during the school year to help support the family. A gift of $600 will help the family purchase gas and groceries while they catch up on their expenses.


Case 137
Linda, her husband, and daughter were recently displaced due to a condo fire in a neighbor’s unit that caused significant damage to their unit. This family of three are all disabled. Linda has been trying to work; however, her husband became severely ill and was hospitalized for a while due to a brain infection. The family was living in a hotel until their insurance company found them a temporary apartment. They have now been displaced for six months, and their condo association will need an additional two months, at least, to repair the damage caused by the fire. Their insurance claim is running out, and they are going to be responsible, beginning in December, to pay their current expenses, as well as trying to keep up with the condo mortgage and HOA fees. With her husband’s medical issues, Linda is finding it more difficult to work. A gift of $1,500 will help this family make their mortgage payment until they are able to recover from these unfortunate circumstances.


Case 138
The Baileys are usually a dual-income household. Unfortunately, Mr. Bailey is now unable to work full-time because of an ongoing medical issue, but his wife continues to work full-time. They need safe, quality and affordable child care for their two young children. After paying rent and utilities, the Baileys do not have much left for the basic needs. Unfortunately, this family has fallen behind on payments for child care. A gift of $500 will help them to catch up on the payments, which will help their children have a strong start in life.


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