CASE 39 • A heart-wrenching loss has left Ms. D and her three grandchildren reeling. Ms. D’s daughter died a violent death. Ms. D brought the children to live with her, only to be told by her landlord that there were too many people in the home and they had to move. Ms. D works part time and is struggling to meet the needs of her expanded household. The family is also struggling emotionally with their loss. Any assistance with Christmas gifts and monthly expenses would be appreciated. The three children, a 15-year-old girl, and boys ages 12 and 13, would enjoy board games and clothing, including winter coats, gloves and boots. Ms. D could use pots and pans and towels.
CASE 40 • When Ms. L was diagnosed with breast cancer in June, she had to leave the job as a certified nursing assistant she’d held for 13 years. She is often too tired and sick from chemotherapy to keep up with the demands of being the single parent of a 7-year-old boy. She has no income and is at least $3,000 behind in rent. She is facing eviction and the disconnection of electrical service, although the landlord is waiting to see if she can come up with the money. Ms. L would like assistance with rent and groceries and a few toys for her son.
CASE 41 • Ms. G, 49, is trying to create a home for her teenage son and daughter, but severe arthritis challenges her mobility, and she can’t work. Recently homeless for a time, the three doubled up with seven extended family members in a two-bedroom apartment. They now have their own place. Ms. G’s son is recovering from a gunshot wound to the mouth and struggles to eat . The family seeks stability.
Case profiles by Cathy Hensley, Robert Patrick and Jesse Bogan of the Post-Dispatch.