CASE 7 • Ms. A’s husband was recently injured in an attack and is in a nursing home, unable to walk, eat or breathe on his own. Meanwhile, she is caring for her five children ages 4 to 12, as well as her niece and nephew, ages 8 and 9. The family would appreciate help with food, clothing and bills, plus gift certificates to Walmart or Target.
CASE 8 • After his mother’s death from cancer in 2006, C now lives with his two teenage siblings, his maternal grandmother, his aunt and her three children and four grandchildren. A teenager himself, C is a gentle soul who is always willing to help. The family needs money for utility bills and car repairs as well as household items, food, clothing and bicycles for the children.
CASE 9 • Between caring for six grandchildren and dealing with her health problems, Ms. B, 60, doesn’t have the time or money to pay for home repairs. Ms. B suffers from diabetes, sleep apnea, chronic nerve pain disorder, high blood pressure and narcolepsy. Her insulin and medications take a chunk out of the household budget. After paying for necessities for her grandchildren, who range from 8 to 15 years old, Ms. B has no money to fix the furnace that is leaking carbon monoxide. Her house also needs repairs to the foundation and porch, and may be condemned.
Case profiles by Erin Heffernan, Robert Patrick and Rachel Rice of the Post-Dispatch.