Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Man dying from cancer has electric shut off – June 6, 2017

A gentleman from Summerville, known by many as a longtime resident, is terminally ill with cancer.  He has been living in a trailer in a local trailer park with many of his “extended family”.   The disease and the treatment has taken its toll on him and one of the other family members was tending to the bills.  Unfortunately, the electric bill was overlooked and the electric was temporarily disconnected.  Several folks from Ashley Ridge Church were looking for a way to help him with his trailer, which was in disrepair or some other means to lighten his burden during this difficult time.  The electric disconnect was an added inconvenience that at a minimum put additional stress on him.  He was content with staying with the family in their trailer and was not interested in relocating as this was his home and where he wanted to be in his final days.  Change for a Dollar made an additional payment on the electric bill to hopefully prevent any future disruptions in electric, especially with the current hot weather.

SCE&G Payment - $250.00

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Newborn baby, cardiac arrest – May 26, 2017

A young couple from Summerville was expecting a delivery of their baby daughter with all indications she was healthy and a good size estimated to be about nine pounds.  For some unknown reason the baby went into cardiac arrest and wasn’t breathing as she delivered.  The doctors and nurses performed CPR on the baby to revive her.  They also cooled the baby’s body to help prevent organ damage.  Unfortunately she went into cardiac arrest for a second time and thankfully was successfully resuscitated again.  However, as a result of the CPR she had a fractured rib and it punctured an internal organ.  She has been in NICU at MUSC since her birth over a week ago.  The family has been driving back and forth from Summerville to MUSC and putting quite a few miles on the vehicles.  Change for a Dollar provided $100 in gas gift cards to help with the travel expenses.  An organization that the father volunteers with heard of the Change for a Dollar $100 donation and they also chipped in for additional gas cards to help as well.  While the family is optimistic and prognosis is good please pray for the family and the rapid recovery of the baby girl.

Gas cards - $100.00

Monday, May 8, 2017

Homeless man returns to N. Carolina– May 4, 2017

A young man originally from North Carolina was granted permission by his Parole Officer the right to move to Summerville because he had a solid job offer.  This worked out for a few months until he was laid off from the job and did not have the means to support himself.  He eventually found his way to the local homeless shelter.  He remained in contact with his Parole Officer the whole time who advised him that a program had recently opened up in NC for former inmates that included subsidized housing and a job.  As much as the young man wanted to remain in Summerville his best opportunity for regaining self-sufficiency was to return to NC and enter into the program.  Change for a Dollar assisted in purchasing a bus ticket for him to return to NC.

Bus ticket to NC - $54.00

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A WONDERFUL request at the smallest cost– April 29, 2017

A group of folks from Ashley Ridge Church meets weekly in a local park in the evening for Small Group.  This past week as they gathered one of the women was approached by a fellow she knew who frequents the park.  He asked what she was doing there and what where the books she was carrying.  She explained that her Small Group meets in the park on Tuesdays for bible studies etc. and that was her bible and a study book for the evening’s gathering.  The man told her he wished he had a bible that was easy to read and in large print.  She told him she would look into it for him.  She asked if Change for a Dollar could help and we found an NIrV version online which is easy to read and in large print.  We ordered it and she was able to deliver it to him the following Friday when she saw him next.  One of the least costly C4$ requests ever but a wonderful request to be able to fill.

NIrV Bible - $7.92

Disabled woman needed wheelchair repair – April 28, 2017

A Summerville woman who is a regular at the Expanding the Table dinner is disabled and is wheelchair bound.  She uses her motorized chair to get around, socialize and shop outside of her apartment. However, her wheelchair is covered by Medicare for indoor use only and the batteries get a more severe workout from the repeated drain and recharges with the outside use.  Medicare will only cover battery replacement once per year.  She recently had problems with the batteries which were found to be in need of replacement and her battery charger was also not working properly.  She was 4 months early on the insurance coverage to replace the batteries and was currently using a manual chair which she struggled with not having the upper body strength.  A volunteer from ETT was approach for assistance who contacted Change for a Dollar.  We spoke with the wheelchair servicing company and arranged to have her batteries replaced so she could start using her motorized chair again.

Wheelchair batteries replacement - $473.70

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Disabled “Missionary” in financial trouble– April 24, 2017

An elderly disabled Summerville woman for many years had been on a local mission to help the poor and the homeless in the community.  She had become to be known as the “Bread Lady” as she would make weekly visits to local grocery stores, get the last sale date bread and redistribute it to local food pantries, etc. in spite of her condition.  She was also very active in advocating for and helping the homeless.  Recently her medical condition had deteriorated to the point where she is now home bound.  Her disability and Medicare does not pay all the cost of her home care and she has significant co pays for the in home therapy, etc.  Her budget is very strained and she fell behind on her electric bill and was in danger of disconnect.  A year or so ago Change for a Dollar assisted her and she now humbly reach out for information on other organizations that may be able to assist.  Change for Dollar pointed her to some agencies that may help but we also made a payment to prevent the disconnect of the electric, plus a little extra towards the next bill.

SCE&G Payment - $300.00

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Man in subsidized housing struggles – April 11, 2017

A Summerville man who lives in a subsidized apartment in Summerville was between jobs and was struggling to pay his bills.  He was waiting to get a check from a new job but wasn’t expecting much as it was based in part on commissions.  He had to travel a bit further to his new job so he was using more gas than expected and it was straining his budget.  He was a regular guest at the Expanding the Table feeding ministry and asked one of the volunteers if we could help.  After exploring his needs the best option was for Change for a Dollar to assist with the electric bill which averages $125 per month. Change for a Dollar paid one month’s charges to SCE&G.  The ETT volunteer also personally helped by putting $20.00 worth of gas in his tank at the local station.

SCE&G Payment - $125.00

Young family battling cancer – April 10, 2017

A young family from Summerville was in the process of making some changes which included downsizing their home to fit their budget.  The wife of the family recently got a new job as a teacher and their prospects were looking better.  The wife unfortunately at the same time was diagnosed with cancer.  The family had to put the move on hold and has moved in with one of the parents during this crisis.  The wife has not been able to work as she undergoes treatment as it makes her very ill.  The finances are now stretched even further.  Change for a Dollar was approached for assistance.   Her treatments for the cancer are at MUSC downtown and the trip consumes a lot of gas. Change for a Dollar assisted with purchasing the family gas cards to assist.

Gas cards - $150.00

Young couple stranded in Summerville – April 7, 2017

A young man formally from Summerville relocated to San Antonio Texas after he aged out of the foster care system.  When he graduated from high school he had trouble making it in Summerville and moved to Texas in hopes of better opportunities.  In Texas he connected with a young lady and began attending a local church.  He was still struggling getting his life on track and had still been communicating with his last foster family in Summerville.  He arranged to return to Summerville with his girlfriend on promises from the foster family to help.  He left Texas in spite of the pastor from his church advising against the move.  Upon arriving in Summerville the foster family never returned his calls and did not meet him at an arranged meeting place.  He and the young lady gave up after a couple of days living on the streets and trying to connect.  He called the men’s homeless shelter in town but they had no beds and could not take in the girl.  Change for a Dollar was contacted by the shelter to see if we could assist.  Change for a Dollar contacted his pastor in Texas and confirmed the story.  He had the opportunity to go back and live with the pastor and his family. Change for a Dollar assisted the young couple with a bus ticket to return to San Antonio.

Bus tickets (2) to Texas - $394.00 total

Monday, March 27, 2017

Disabled/evicted woman in need of help – March 24, 2017

A Summerville woman was evicted from her trailer because of repeated disturbances on the property by the return of her estranged/abusive husband.  The landlord warned her but she was unable to control her estranged husband’s behavior.  She is also disabled and receives disability but the check was not due until the first of the month.  She found herself in a homeless situation with no money and had paid the last of any cash she had for a neighbor to take in her dog until she found a new place.  She was also having trouble connecting with extended family as those relationships were also strained and there was little room available at those residences.  The weather in the evenings was forecast to be quite cool so to keep her out of the cold Change for a Dollar paid for two night’s hotel stay and a food gift card to a restaurant close by the hotel.  She was hopeful with the coming weekend she would be able to connect with someone to help her out.

Two nights’ hotel plus food gift card - $160.00

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Woman in need of special clothing – March 17, 2017

A woman struggling with several medical conditions is very poor and struggles to get medications, etc. for her health care needs.  She recently was seen by the doctor who recommended some special therapeutic clothing that would help her fell more comfortable as she healed.  A volunteer from the clinic the woman goes to approached Change for a Dollar to see if we could assist with the purchase.  Change for a Dollar paid for the specialty clothing and the volunteer also chose on her own to purchase a couple of blouses for her as well as a nice gesture to boost her spirits.

Specialty Clothing - $56.45

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Homeless in need of Rx medications – March 15, 2017

Several residents of the local homeless shelter were suffering from a variety of medical conditions.  The residents were able to be seen by doctors at hospitals under their charity prograams and at the free medical clinic in town.  In many cases they were given prescriptions but the majority of them did not have sufficient income to afford the medications.  Change for a Dollar has a relationship with a local pharmacy where they offer a discount on medications and Change for a Dollar pays for those medication.

Prescriptions for four homeless - $150

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Disabled man in danger of eviction and electric shut off – Feb 13, 2017

A local apartment manager reached out to Change fir a Dollar for assistance for an elderly tenant who was on disability.  For whatever reason the tenant’s disability payments had been temporarily suspended and he was behind on his rent and his electric bill.  The apartment manager was patiently working with him as he rectified his disability payments but he was in danger of his electric being disconnected.  He had a past due bill that was beyond the means of Change for a Dollar to pay but the apartment manager said Summerville Baptist Church offered help as well but also could not pay the full amount and was hoping someone else would also assist.  Change for a Dollar coordinated with Summerville Baptist and the disconnect amount was paid preventing him from being shut off.

SCE&G Payment- $150

Homeless man in crisis – Feb 10, 2017

A homeless man was at a recent serving of Expanding the Table and was very upset and crying.  He was intoxicated and was talking of suicide as he was depressed about the anniversary of his departed wife which was a few days away.  A volunteer spoke with him for a while and was able to calm him down while another volunteer checked to see if the homeless shelter had a bed.  Unfortunately, because he was intoxicated, he could not go to the shelter that evening.  There was a bed available but he would have to be sober.  Change for a Dollar put him up in the hotel for the evening and the volunteer met him for breakfast the next day where he was in a better frame of mind.  He was transported to the shelter where he was accepted.

One night hotel stay - $65.00

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Homeless family needed help with lodging – Feb 3, 2017

A homeless family of 3 has been living in a hotel after losing a job and getting evicted.  They used the little savings that they had paying for the hotel room.  The husband had recently gotten a new job but the wife has been unable to work due to a recent diagnosis for a disabling illness.  They were confident that once the husband started receiving a paycheck they could back on their feet.  They asked Ashley Ridge Church for help who referred the case to Change for a Dollar which paid for one nights stay at the hotel.

One night hotel stay - $77.28

Homeless family in need of lodging – Jan 30, 2017

A homeless family of 7 came to the local men’s homeless shelter seeking assistance.  They had recently relocated from upstate SC to the area but job prospects did not work out as hoped.  The family has two disabled children for which they receive payments but they used up all their funds for the month living in an extended stay hotel.  For the past few days they were living in their car.  The husband was promised a job and would start in a few days and the disability money would come in on the first of the month.  The staff, a volunteer and one of the residents from the homeless shelter chipped in to pay for a couple of nights stay at a hotel but they were still short one day.  Change for a Dollar was approached for an additional night to carry them over till they started receive payments/paycheck. 

One night hotel stay - $65.00

Family with sick wife has financial trouble – Jan 26, 2017

An ARC owner got a call from a friend who told her of a young family who was struggling.  The husband was working construction but it was slow during the winter.  The wife has recently been diagnosed with Lupus and has been losing a lot of time at work. With the loss of income the family has fallen behind on the bills.  The electric was in danger of being shut off.  Change for a Dollar helped by paying the past due bill preventing the shut off.

SCE&G Payment - $476.35

Movies for Kids – Jan 27, 2017

A couple of volunteers with the Expanding the Table feeding ministry regularly interact with many of the children who come to dinner.  Many of the kids come from families that are struggling financially.  It became evident to the volunteers that several of the kids have never been to the movies.  They approached Change for a Dollar to ask if we could help with taking the kids to the movies.  They took a group of girls to a movie with plans to take a group of boys in the weeks to come.

Movie Tickets - $49.65

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Terminally ill man in need of assistance – Jan 10, 2017

A terminally ill man was living with his mother and his wife who are both disabled.  He was previously homeless following release from prison but recently was able to arrange to live with his mother and wife.  They shared a small single wide trailer but their combined disability payments barely covered all their expenses.  Before his illness progressed he was able to do some painting jobs but had become too weak to continue to work.  As a result the finances were stretched very thin.  He reached out Change for a Dollar for assistance with their electric bill.  They were not in danger of being disconnected but the bill was coming due next week and they didn’t have enough funds.  Change for Dollars offered some advice that they get on balanced billing with SCE&G to levelize their monthly payments and assisted with a payment towards their outstanding bill.

SCE&G Payment - $150.00

Single Mom struggling to make ends meet – Jan 5, 2017

An ARC owner was serving on the Expanding the Table food truck one evening when he became acquainted with a new guest, a single mom.  She had been coming to the truck for several days and the ARC Owner got to know her a little better.  She shared that she recently became single and was struggling to make ends meet as she cleaned houses for a living.  She recently lost a big customer and was have trouble keeping up as she didn’t have enough for day care to work when the child was not in school.  We referred her to several Lowcountry Human Services organizations that assist people but she had come up dry as the Christmas season had drained most resources.  The ARC owner ask if Change for a Dollar could assist with paying a past due electric bill to help avoid the service being disconnected.  Change for a Dollar paid the amount necessary to prevent the disconnect.

SCE&G Payment - $180.00