The Giving Fund: Week Six

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 236

Mary is married mother of a 13-year-old son. Her husband has been diagnosed with cancer and is out of work while he receives medical treatment. Unfortunately, Mary was recently let go from her job due to missing days related to her husband's medical issues. The financial stress is making Mary extremely anxious, and she is overwhelmed by money worries. The situation is taking a huge toll on Mary’s mental and physical health, and her relationship with her son has been affected by the family’s change in quality of life. A gift of $500 will help this hardworking mother catch up on bills and relieve some of the stress and anxiety. 


Case 237

Alexandra is a single mom with a young baby who is fleeing from violence, emotional and financial abuse. She and the baby fled their home with the clothes on their back and a few personal items that Alexandra was able to quickly gather before leaving. She faces many challenges but is working hard to secure a new apartment.  She has saved enough for the first month’s rent but needs additional financial support for a security deposit and other necessities.  A gift of $1,500 from the Giving Fund would help Alexandra and her baby settle into a new apartment and replace some of the items she was forced to leave behind.  


Case 238

Daniela and her two teen daughters are refugees after fleeing from their violent home country to find a safe place to live. They are currently residing in a shelter. Daniela has not been able to find a job that suits her skills but she is applying to jobs every day and is hopeful she will be hired soon. Her priorities have always been to focus on her daughter's needs by enrolling them into school, and making sure their physical and mental health is addressed. A gift in the amount of $1,000.00 will help this entire family with school clothes, supplies for the children, co-pays for medical checkups and after school sports and activities. 


Case 239

Vilma unexpectedly lost her loving husband in October. He was the main provider for the family. Vilma works, and now she and her young daughter have to adjust to living on just one income. She is trying to increase her work hours to cover her household bills. She and her daughter recently moved to a new house, because they were having a hard time living in her old apartment with all the good memories of her husband. A gift $1,050 will pay for Vilma’s rent for the month of January and help to get this family back on their feet after a terrible loss. 


Case 240

Michael and Elizabeth have been happily married for over 40 years.  Michael is a former finance professional and Elizabeth is a former elementary school teacher. Several years ago, Michael suffered a series of severe strokes which damaged his ability to walk and required the implant of a pacemaker. The couple must travel to Yale New Haven Hospital frequently and make numerous visits to local medical specialists. The situation has led to financial challenges for the couple, although they are reluctant to ask for help. At the same time, they are always ready to help others in need.  Julia cares for infant children of young single moms so they can work during the day, and she finds time to bring food from a local food pantry to neighbors and friends who are struggling. A gift of $1,200 will help them pay utility bills this winter, as what little income they have goes toward medical bills. 


Case 241

Marie is a single mother whose young daughter, Chloe, has been diagnosed with autism. Marie and Chloe have shown great determination and have overcome several barriers, especially during the pandemic.  Marie’s priority is caring for Chloe and securing developmental and medical services for her. With the help of friends, Marie has been able to address her family’s basic needs including mental health services, health insurance, and career development. But additional help is needed to provide reliable transportation, supplies for Chloe, and support for Marie’s continuing education. A gift of $1,000 would greatly benefit this family, ensuring their continued stability and growth.


Case 242

Stacy is a mother of four seeking housing resources after a year of couch surfing. She is the victim of domestic violence with her previous partner. Stacy was out of resources and money, and she was living in unstable conditions. She and her children needed shelter right away. Stacy and her children have a history of trauma with the perpetrator continuing to retaliate through the legal system. Stacy has very limited financial resources, and she suffers mentally and emotionally from the trauma. Despite the adversity she has faced, she has stayed engaged in services to secure her basic needs. But she still needs support to stabilize financially, especially once she is able to move into a new home.  A gift of $1,500 would help Stacy stabilize her housing and transportation and put her on the path to a better life for her children.      


Case 243

Estela, a middle-aged women lives with her young son and elderly mom whom depend on her financially. Estela was diagnosed with a recurrence of cervical cancer stage IV in June. She has not been able to return to work due to experiencing several side effects from her treatment. She has been unable to qualify for unemployment and is still in the process of applying for disability. A gift of $1,500 would help cover her utilities and car payment so that she can focus on her cancer treatment.



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