Dolores was forced to flee Honduras after gangs killed both of her brothers. She arrived in the U.S with her daughter and her brother’s two children, which she now raises on her own. They are currently living in New Milford with her sisters. Friends helped her register to become a citizen, and the family are now legal residents. She has legal working papers, but it will be several months before she will receive a Social Security card. Many employers are reluctant to hire her until she has the card in hand. In the meantime, Dolores helps friends clean houses for a little money, but it is not enough.
A gift of $1,800 would help her pay one month’s rent, with $400 left for desperately needed car repairs. In a few months, she’ll have a social security card and be ready for gainful employment.
Sixty-year-old Tracey has been raising her grandnieces since they were very young and their parents were unable to care for them. The girls are now 10 and 8, and Tracey has worked tirelessly as a bus driver to give those girls the best life she could. She is now finalizing their adoption. She has put all her needs on the back burner, and now her teeth are in very bad shape—to the point that if she continues to neglect them she will lose them. She has started treatment and is paying a little each month toward the first part of the bill, which is over $1,000. The total cost of the dental work will be more than $7,000 and her insurance will only pay $823.
A gift of $1,500 towards the dental work will help and will leave more money in her pocket to support the girls.
Lucy is a young single mother. She is living on a fixed income while she goes to school and volunteers with her child’s cheerleading gym. She barters her time in exchanged for her daughter’s participation, so her daughter can be a part of something she loves. Lucy has plans to finish high school, receive her diploma, and then go to college. She plans to use her experiences, both good and bad, to do big things for her daughter, herself, and her community. A gift of $1,800 towards school tuition would go a long way toward Lucy achieving her dreams.
Ken and his wife Tina are starting their own business. Ken works in maintenance at an educational facility. The couple and their two children, both under the age of five, live with Tina’s mother. Tina was staying home with the children, but she has decided to start a decorative business to earn more money. Ken helps with operations and the business end, while Tina is the designer and creator of their decorations. The business has just received its first customer, but start-up costs are great. The couple really wants this to work so they can bring in extra income while still allowing Tina the flexibility to be with the children. A gift of $1,000 will help them get this business started and put the family on stronger financial footing.
Mary is a hardworking wife and mother of two. She’s the “go-to” mom for her extended family and her children’s friends. Since Mary lives near a bus route, her spouse takes their one car to and from work. Mary suffers from asthma, but she walks to and from the bus stop every day to get to her job. Recently, the family’s one car broke down. It was their only transportation and was large enough to safely fit all of her extended family and friends. It was a reminder of better times for Mary.
A gift of $1,800 would help this family either repair their current vehicle or purchase a newer one. Without at least one vehicle, this family won’t be able to earn their livelihood.
Sarah believes in the goodness of every person and has been the helping hand when others were downtrodden or facing a crisis. Many months ago, she faced a crisis of her own. She became seriously ill. She was hospitalized, couldn’t eat, and was severely dehydrated. She couldn’t care for herself, so she had to go live with her daughter in another state. Unfortunately, she was not able to move the furniture and other belongings from the senior apartment where she had lived for 10 years. Sarah lost everything she had.
Over time, Sarah’s health improved. With the help of friends who offered her a temporary room in their home, she was able to move back to the Danbury area. An apartment in the senior complex where she lived before moving out of state will be available soon. But she needs to replace the furniture and belongings that were lost when she was so ill. A gift of $1,500 will help Sarah replace her furniture and belongings so she can come back home.