CASE 85 • Ms. L’s boyfriend was shot 13 times and run over while trying to protect her from a man who had hit their car in a parking lot. He spent two months in the hospital and may never walk again. Ms. L is now behind on bills and is caring for her four children as well as her boyfriend’s niece and nephew so they won’t be taken into state custody while their mother is behind bars. Ms. L says she is trying her best but, “It seems like the rainbow is so far away.” She would like money for bills, rent, food and the children’s education.
CASE 86 • The rare, chronic, incurable and painful skin condition Ms. A, a single mother of three young children, was diagnosed with is threatening her life. It is getting worse, making it more difficult to provide for her children. The oldest child is 10 years old and has been diagnosed with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Ms. A, 29, is in and out of the hospital and has undergone multiple surgeries. Disability benefits are her only income, because her medical condition leaves her unable to work. She struggles to provide for her children and receives little support from family and friends. Ms. A needs help paying for household expenses such as eyeglasses for herself and her 10-year-old son, three beds for her children to sleep in, and help with their medical bills. Ms. A would also appreciate donations of video games and toys for her children.
Case profiles by Robert Patrick and Nassim Benchaabane of the Post-Dispatch.