CASE 67 • Ms. M, 54, recently took in a family of six when she helped her friend escape a violent domestic relationship. Her friend had little more than the clothes on her back, but Ms. M offered her and her five children, ages 11 to 17, a place to stay. All seven people are sharing a two-bedroom apartment, and Ms. M is struggling to keep up with the family’s needs. She could use gifts of food vouchers, clothes and financial assistance for utilities and other household expenses this holiday season.
CASE 68 • Ms. C, 66, has some serious health problems. She recently had her leg amputated and undergoes dialysis three to four days a week. Yet, she has cared for her two nieces, 8 and 10, since they were born. The family would be grateful for any help this holiday season. The girls like riding bikes and other outdoor activities, plus purses, dolls, board games, clothes, electronics and music. Ms. C needs a toilet commode chair for disabled people, gowns and shorts due to her amputation.
CASE 69 • Ms. D’s newborn son has been in intensive care since being born prematurely. The challenging pregnancy was further complicated by the stress of a public housing apartment infested with mice, bugs and mold. Ms. D, 27, has two other children to care for, ages 3 and 11. Home items have been ruined at a time when Ms. D yearns for peace and safety for the new baby.
Case profiles by Erin Heffernan, Jeremy Kohler and Jesse Bogan of the Post-Dispatch.