Help neigh­bors in need dur­ing the hol­i­days

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - News - Staff re­ports

Every Thurs­day and Sun­day through the end of the year, the Stam­ford Ad­vo­cate and Green­wich Time will pub­lish short sto­ries about lo­cal fam­i­lies and peo­ple in need of a help­ing hand. The names of those in­cluded have been changed to pro­tect their pri­vacy.

Each case will in­clude an es­ti­mated dol­lar amount that would help them face ev­ery­day chal­lenges like rent pay­ments, child care costs and trans­porta­tion. Every dol­lar do­nated to the Giv­ing Fund goes di­rectly to the clients in need.

The Stam­ford Ad­vo­cate and Green­wich Time spon­sors The Giv­ing Fund in part­ner­ship with Fam­ily Cen­ters and Per­son-to-Per­son.

Case #310

Sara is a sin­gle mother of one. She is search­ing for a job but is hav­ing dif­fi­culty find­ing one. Sara is par­tially blind; she lost sight in her left eye at birth, and her right eye is only par­tially func­tion­ing.

She re­ceives very lit­tle as­sis­tance from SSI and can­not af­ford ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties for her daugh­ter, who is 9 years old and loves bal­let. The Bal­let School of Stam­ford granted her daugh­ter a par­tial schol­ar­ship, how­ever, due to her lim­ited in­come, Sara can­not af­ford to pay the re­main­ing bal­ance so that her daugh­ter can be­gin lessons.

A grant of $300 would help Sara en­roll her daugh­ter in bal­let class and ex­pand her op­por­tu­ni­ties. Mean­while, Sara will con­tinue look­ing for a job.

Case #311

Luc is a sin­gle dad rais­ing a daugh­ter. He lost his job March and has been look­ing for work to help sup­port his teenage daugh­ter, who is a se­nior in high school. He is be­hind on his util­ity bills and can­not af­ford the ba­sic needs (food on the ta­ble) for him­self and his daugh­ter. He is des­per­ately search­ing for a job, but it is hard due to his lack of English. A gift of $500 would be a big help over the hol­i­days.

Case #312

Mary and John are mar­ried and rais­ing five chil­dren. Their youngest daugh­ter has cere­bral palsy and re­quires 24-hour care, which pre­vents Mary from work­ing.

The fam­ily is be­hind on all of their bills and strug­gles on a day-to-ba­sis to make ends meet. John is ab­sent from the home much of the time be­cause he work­ing two full-time jobs, which barely brings in suf­fi­cient in­come to pro­vide the ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties. Based on the fam­ily’s over­all cir­cum­stance, a gift of $800 would greatly be ap­pre­ci­ated to ac­com­mo­date the house­hold needs.

Case #313

Sara is a sin­gle mother who strug­gles to sup­port her­self and 6-year old daugh­ter on a lim­ited in­come as an Uber driver. Sara was de­nied So­cial Se­cu­rity ben­e­fits on sev­eral oc­ca­sions de­spite her men­tal in­ca­pac­ity and in­abil­ity to main­tain full­time em­ploy­ment. She has fallen be­hind in her bills and fears that she and her daugh­ter will be­come home­less again be­cause of her lim­ited in­come. Based on her over­all liv­ing sit­u­a­tion, a gift of $500 would greatly be ap­pre­ci­ated.

Case #314

Ash­ley is a young sin­gle mother of a 3-year-old boy. In ad­di­tion to not re­ceiv­ing any type of sup­port from her son’s fa­ther, she has no ex­tended fam­ily in the area able to help her. With a low-pay­ing job, Ash­ley strug­gles every month to make ends meet. Even though fi­nances are ex­tremely tight, she re­fuses to let her cir­cum­stances stop her from pur­su­ing her dream ca­reer. In ad­di­tion to work­ing full time, Ash­ley is a part-time stu­dent seek­ing to ob­tain her as­so­ci­ate’s de­gree. A gift of $500 would help her pay school tu­ition.

Case #315

Kather­ine is a sin­gle mother of a 3-year-old boy with on­go­ing spe­cial needs who re­quires ex­tra help and sup­port. She is a vic­tim of do­mes­tic abuse and has no ex­tended fam­ily in the area able to pro­vide help and sup­port of any kind. Kather­ine is a hard worker with a low-pay­ing job, and every month she finds her­self strug­gling to cover the most ba­sic of ex­penses. A gift of $500 would help Kather­ine pay for spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices for her son.

Case #316

Sophia is a young mother of a 6-month-old boy. Sophia has some se­ri­ous health-re­lated is­sues that pre­vent her from be­ing able to work. She lives with her mother, who has phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties and is also un­able to work. Dis­abil­ity in­come barely cov­ers their ex­penses, so money is very tight. Some­times Sophia skips med­i­cal ap­point­ments be­cause she does not have the money to af­ford co-pays. A gift of $500 would help Sophia cover med­i­cal ex­penses.

Case #317

Caro­line is a work­ing mother of a 2-year-old girl. Due to her lim­ited in­come, Caro­line and her daugh­ter have been liv­ing with ex­tended fam­ily, in a very small house, caus­ing daily chaos and in­creas­ing ten­sion among fam­ily mem­bers. Caro­line has been sav­ing money for over a year to rent a stu­dio apart­ment. A gift of $500 would help to­ward a se­cu­rity de­posit, al­low­ing her to have the much-needed space, in­de­pen­dence and pri­vacy she needs with her daugh­ter.

Case #318

Pa­tri­cia is a mother of a 2-year-old boy. Both mom and baby have an in­her­ited dis­ease re­quir­ing fre­quent med­i­cal ap­point­ments and hos­pi­tal­iza­tions for her son. Dur­ing this year, the fam­ily has moved twice due to the high cost of rent­ing an apart­ment in Stam­ford. Pa­tri­cia is able to work only part time due to the nu­mer­ous needs of her son, caus­ing her to of­ten miss work. A gift of $500 would help with their med­i­cal bills, cost of rent, child care ex­penses and trans­porta­tion.

Case #319

San­dra is a teenage mother who is very re­spon­si­ble and mo­ti­vated. An 11th-grader, she works hard to stay in school, while also work­ing af­ter school and week­ends to sup­port her­self and her child. A gift of $500 would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated to help pay for rent, food and child-care ex­penses.

To con­trib­ute, visit and se­lect from case num­bers above.

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