Cases 93-95: Working mother of 5 cannot get ahead of expenses

Cases 93-95: Working mother of 5 cannot get ahead of expenses

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100 Neediest Cases student artwork

100 Neediest Cases student artwork by Emily Wallach of Desoto Senior High School

CASE 93 Things have been tough for Ms. M and her five children. Evicted from their home last spring, they lost most of their possessions and have been staying in shelters, with friends, in their broken-down car or even outdoors. Ms. M is working, but she hasn’t been able to save money, and she has outstanding car repair and utility bills. Making things even harder, one of her children has a visual impairment and multiple behavioral health diagnoses. The family hopes for help with food, household items and furniture.

CASE 94 • Ms. P, 68, fell through a porch and broke her leg — just the latest of her many health concerns. She has diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis. Ms. P lives alone and barely has enough money after paying rent each month to afford her car payments and insurance. She needs financial help. Her queen mattress and box springs are worn, and she would appreciate help replacing those.

CASE 95 • Ms. C, 29, was working three jobs and raising two daughters, ages 6 and 9, when the stress caught up with her. She suffered a heart attack and a few stress attacks, then scaled back to part-time work. She fell behind on utility bills and was evicted from her home. She now lives with her mother and contributes to the household expenses, but Ms. C wants to move into a more affordable living space with her daughters. She could use money for food, clothes and car repairs.

Case profiles by Sarah Bryan Miller and Kim Bell of the Post-Dispatch.

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