CASE 13 • Ms. B already had her hands full with work and taking care of her adult son, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. It was difficult to get him to doctor’s appointments and other places without a wheelchair ramp at home and no lift for their vehicle. To make her situation more complicated, her daughter was incarcerated three years ago, and Ms. B became the caretaker for five active children, now 6 to 13 years old. Ms. B and her son would be grateful for a wheelchair ramp and a van with a lift. The children would like roller skates, clothes, educational games and African-American dolls.
CASE 14 • She thought he was the love of her life. Then he turned brutal. In 2015, S fled for her life with her four children and made a new start. Two years later, though, S made the mistake of agreeing to a visitation with the children’s father. She was viciously beaten and stabbed in her face, arm, chest, legs and neck. She ended up in the hospital; he ended up in jail. S is again working full time, but she and her children, ages 1 to 12, still bear the scars of the trauma. They’re all in counseling, trying to heal; paying the bill for the home alarm system is a priority.
CASE 15 • Ms. E’s partner was deported unexpectedly after their youngest son was born earlier this year. She works full time to care for her three children and would appreciate help paying utility bills and rent. She also would like gas cards, diapers, food, clothing and children’s books and puzzles.
Case profiles by Colleen Schrappen, Sarah Bryan Miller and Doug Moore of the Post-Dispatch.