CASE 29 • Mr. and Mrs. W lost their 18-year-old son when he was shot while sitting on a friend’s porch. Since then, the couple have had to move their six children because their rental house became unstable and also flooded. Mr. W. lost his construction job after spending eight days hospitalized in intensive care for pneumonia. Mrs. W. recently found out she is pregnant. Neither is employed right now and they could use help with rent, utilities, winter clothing (including maternity clothes), toys and bunk beds for the kids.
CASE 30 • Ms. A is determined to keep her family together. She took custody of three grandchildren after her oldest daughter was incarcerated. Another baby is on the way, and her 21-year-old daughter still lives with her. Ms. A, 57, works full time, but it’s getting more difficult because of severe arthritis in her knee and blood clots in her legs. A past-due sewer bill is weighing on her, and the sewer district is close to putting a lien on her home in order to collect. She’s under a lot of stress, but she hopes for help to pay the sewer bill so she can keep a home for her family.
Case profiles by Marcia L. Koenig and Jacob Barker of the Post-Dispatch.