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Cases 65-67: Woman in recovery hopes to help others

100 Neediest Cases artwork for 2021 by high school students

100 Neediest Cases artwork by Ava Guirl, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School

Case 65: Ms. M, 66, has experienced heartbreak and struggle in her life. Her mother was a heroin addict who died by suicide. Ms. M’s son was murdered. Ms. M has struggled with addiction herself for several decades. Ms. M has found some hope, after attending a residential treatment program. She has been sober for one year, seven months and is staying at a sober-living facility. Ms. M would like to be a peer specialist one day to help other women in recovery. She needs help with the basics, from rent to food and transportation.

Case 66: Ms. W is a senior with disabilities who is raising her two great-grandsons, ages 8 and 16. Rent eats up almost 80% of her Social Security income, and she is two months behind on rent for their apartment, which is so roach- and rat-infested that they are afraid to use the kitchen. She desperately wants to move the boys to a healthier, safer environment, but she feels hopeless and is uncertain about what the future will hold. Ms. W could use help with money for a deposit on a new apartment, as well as appliances, furniture, toys and clothing.

Case 67: Ms. C is a single mother disabled due to neuropathy, diabetes and a cyst intertwined with her spine. Her husband died of brain cancer last year. Her 10-year-old daughter has autism and multiple sensory issues. They live in a mobile home with a broken HVAC system that needs to be fixed or replaced. The car they need to reach multiple medical appointments is in constant need of repairs. They would appreciate toys, plus help with bills, food and household supplies.

Case profiles by Kim Bell and Robert Patrick of the Post-Dispatch.

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