Giving Fund: Greet the New Year by helping others in need
Every Thursday and Sunday through the holidays, the Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time are publishing short stories about local people in need of a helping hand.
Each case includes an estimated dollar amount that would help them face everyday challenges such as rent payments, child care costs and transportation. Every dollar donated to the Giving Fund goes directly to the people in need. The names of those included have been changed to protect their privacy.
The Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time sponsors The Giving Fund in partnership with Family Centers and Person-toPerson.
Samantha was diagnosed with a concussion after falling down some stairs. After receiving treatment for several months, Samantha was informed that the concussion had also affected her sight and she now suffers from frequent migraines. She is actively receiving treatment and is unable to work. Samantha has been living off her small savings account, and now she is experiencing significant financial distress. A grant of $1,000 would help her remain in her home, while she continues to focus on healing.
Lily is a single mom in her 20s. She has been recovering from bone cancer and the side effects of her treatment. Lily will be completing a pain management surgery. Her dream is to finish college. But to complete college, she needs to pay back tuition and purchase a computer. Lily would greatly appreciate $800 to buy a computer for school.
Kelly is a single mother of four who, along with her children, had to flee to a domestic violence shelter. She found a new job in the area and has started working. However, she must pay for day care for her two youngest children, who are not yet in school. She is struggling to make those payments and doesn’t want to lose her job. A grant of $717 would help Kelly pay for one week of day care. This would allow her to continue working until she receives Care4Kids. This new job will help Kelly and her children move into their new home and rebuild their lives.
Morgan is a hardworking single man who is trying to make ends meet. He recently lost his job of 16 years. He has been moving from one couch to the next, and now he is renting a room in a boarding house. He landed a temporary job, which covers his current bills, but he is trying to catch up on past expenses. He borrowed $400 for food and essentials. Morgan would greatly appreciate $400 so he can pay back his debt. Case #353
Nelly is a 42-year-old mother of five who recently gave birth to a baby girl. This is the first time she has taken more than two weeks off to be with her new child. She decided to stay home because she understands the importance of attachment. Her husband was recently laid off and can’t provide the funds to pay for rent. Nelly is behind on her rent and won’t be able to pay the next month’s rent. A gift of $800 would help the family get off to a good start with the new baby.
Amy is a single mother of five children. After losing her spouse and relocating back to Connecticut, she was able to secure a part-time job. She is still searching for additional work to support her family, and has to rely on help from her teenager’s afterschool job to support the large family. They are catching up on past bills and struggling to meet their basic needs. A gift of $500 would help to buy winter clothing and other household necessities. Case #355
Cece’s husband abandoned her and their teenage daughter when they arrived in Stamford. Besides leaving them with no means of support, he left Cece with HIV. She is managing with medications and mental health counseling through Family Centers. Cece now works in a retail store and is just getting by. Her daughter will be going to college next year. Cece is struggling to make her $375 car payment and is hoping for one month’s relief so she can make it through the holidays.
Pamela is a single grandmother working three jobs and taking care of her mentally impaired adult daughter, foster son and grandson with special needs. Her rent went up, and Patty is still playing catch-up and fears that she is going to lose her apartment. She puts food on the table for all by going to food pantries. A gift of $500 would help her to be current on her rent and put food on the table without worries.
Amanda is a mother and grandmother who worked all her life to provide for her kids. Just when she was retiring, tragedy struck, and her daughter suffered a massive stroke after childbirth. Now she is taking care of her newborn granddaughter, while her daughter recuperates in the hospital. As a result, Amanda is falling behind on her own financial obligations. A grant of $1,000 would help Amanda her remain in her home, while she continues to care for her grandchild and support her daughter through recovery. Case #358
Gabriella, a single mother who lives with her daughter, is working one job but still struggling. She is unable to pay her utilities because she has focused on first paying her rent. Based on her salary, she is unable to afford both. Now, she is three months behind on her electric bills and has received shut-off notices. With the help of the Giving Fund, a total of $500 would help her pay off what she owes.
Jackson is a 28-year-old Latino who has chronic health issues and multiple and pervasive learning disabilities. He lives independently in public housing and is working hard as an Uber driver, but his weekly income is not enough to cover special expenses. In order to continue working throughout the winter, he needs to purchase snow tires for his car. The cost is $800. This assistance from the Giving Fund would enable him to retain his current level of self-sufficiency.
Mario has been looking for employment but has been unsuccessful. He is a stay-at-home dad who takes care of his three very young boys in a responsible way. His wife works late hours as a hairstylist six days a week. Although she is a hard-working mom, the family has been struggling financially for the past two years and they are behind on bills. A gift of $500 would help this family get on track with their debts.
To contribute, visit http://bit.ly/2jU5O1H and select from the case numbers above.