CASE 31 • Two years ago, Ms. T’s life was derailed with a devastating kidney failure diagnosis. Forced to quit her job to undergo dialysis three days a week, she has found it difficult to provide for her children, ages 4, 8 and 16. The 15 surgeries she’s had in the last year have overwhelmed her physical and emotional health. Utility bills are stacking up. She manages to get her kids to school, cook their meals and take them out on weekends. The last thing she wants is for her health to hurt her children. She could use some help catching up on utility bills and buying the kids clothes and toys.
CASE 32 • C, 48, is a single mother of two children and five foster children — one is her grandson, the other four were abandoned by a mother who has been lost to the streets. C wants to be a stable force. But she has diabetes and kidney disease. She recently had eye surgery and can’t see well. Unable to work full time, she’s fallen behind on bills, bedding and clothing. Her refrigerator and furnace need repairs and her home has broken windows.
CASE 33 • Ms. S and her three sons have moved around a lot since a bullet narrowly missed the head of her 6-year-old while he was in bed. They lived with her mother for a time but were exceeding the occupancy permit. They now stay with friends and live in hotels. Ms. S suffers from depression and is having a difficult time. She is looking for a second job so she can afford rent. Her children’s father was released from prison this year but provides no assistance. The family would appreciate help with food, transportation, appliances, furniture and clothing.
Case profiles by Jacob Barker, Jesse Bogan and Marcia L. Koenig of the Post-Dispatch.