CASE 76 • Ms. S’s grief and responsibilities have overwhelmed her this year. In one week, her father had a disabling stroke and her aunt died. This single parent of three became her dad’s primary caretaker. Because of those obligations, she missed work and lost her job. Amid the stress, she had a miscarriage, became depressed, got behind on bills and lost her car. Ms. S has since found work but can’t afford to give her children — an 8-year-old daughter and two special-needs boys, ages 1 and 4 — a nice Christmas. The children would appreciate age-appropriate learning games. Ms. S would be grateful for help with rent, utilities, household items and winter clothing.
CASE 77 • In 36 years, Ms. C has faced domestic violence and was the victim of a random shooting. She can’t use her left arm after the shooting, so she struggles to find employment. She’s rearing three children, ages 2, 10 and 19, and is homeless. Ms. C is also in recovery for drug abuse. She is trying to meet her children’s needs while she focuses on her recovery. She needs help paying outstanding utility bills and would like clothing and toys for her children for Christmas. Ms. C could also use a cellphone and professional clothing as she searches for employment.
CASE 78 • Ms. L is a 47-year-old mother of three teenage sons. All of them have developmental and mental disabilities. Ms. L has rheumatoid arthritis, which limits her mobility. She is doing her best to take care of her family, but it’s a struggle to keep life in order and pay her monthly bills. The family could use a hand getting caught up with utility bills and covering repairs to a much-needed vehicle. They also need some basic home goods, such as a dresser, a queen-size mattress set and a couch.
Case profiles by Jennifer Selph, Beth O’Malley and Lisa Eisenhauer of the Post-Dispatch.