Monday, October 1, 2018

Single Grandmother gets guardianship of two young kids – September 29, 2018

A single grandmother with limited income recently had to take in her two small grandchildren.  The kids are 8 and 10 and their mother needed some time to sort out issues in her life.  It is anticipated to be for a limited duration, hopefully no more than a year.  The guardianship came as a surprise and the woman wasn’t prepared for taking on the expense of child care, etc.  The kids were in need of some clothing as they did not come with much clothing.  An ARC owner approached Change for a Dollar to see if we could assist.  Change for a Dollar paid for a gift card to Walmart to help with clothing or groceries whatever was most needed.

Walmart gift card – $175.00

Prescription medications for poor and homeless - September 4, 2018

Change for a Dollar has received numerous requests to assist with prescription medications for the poor and homeless in the community.  Several were struggling with life threatening illnesses and medications are key to recovery.  Change for a Dollar has assisted several folks, many times over the years, and is thankful for a local pharmacy that offers Change for a Dollar a discount on the cash price for providing medications to those in need. 

Prescription medications - $100.00

Assistance with school supplies and uniforms– September 1, 2018

Expanding the Table has relationships with many children on the serving nights in town.  Many of the families that attend struggle to make ends meet and don’t have funds to get clothes and supplies for the new school year.  Several volunteers approached Change for a Dollar to see if we could assist.  Several volunteers partnered with Change for a Dollar and assisted with purchasing some pants and shirts plus some school supplies from Walmart for the children.

School supplies and uniforms – $58.26 plus funds from others

Local homeless man needed new bicycle – August 24, 2018

A local Summerville man who is in and out of homelessness was in need of a bicycle.  A few months back he suffered a broken leg as a result of a dog attack and lost his bicycle in the process.  Change for a Dollar offered to get him a new bicycle as soon as he finished rehab and got back on his feet.  His recovery was lengthy but he was eventually ready following much practice on a stationary bike at the senior center.  Has was thrilled to be able to become mobile once again assisted.

New bicycle – $106.92

Local kids needed school supplies and haircuts – August 18, 2018

Several local Summerville kids that come to the Expanding the Table feeding ministry were in need of school supplies and haircuts.   One of the volunteers who spends time with the kids asked Change for a Dollar for assistance in helping the kids with the needed supplies and the haircuts.  Change for a Dollar assisted with helping the volunteer in purchasing some school supplies from Walmart for the kids.

School supplies and haircuts – $168.65

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Single Mom needed assistance with school uniforms– August 10, 2018

A local Summerville woman who is a single mom has a couple of children but is steadily employed cleaning houses.  Her one teenage son was in a school that required a specific dress code (school uniform) that was really stretching her budget.  She was often a guest at Expanding the Table and one evening was sharing her struggles with one of the volunteers.  The volunteer approached Change for a Dollar to see if we could assist.  There was also a need for some specific school supplies.  Change for a Dollar assisted with purchasing some pants and shirts plus some school supplies from Walmart for her son.

School supplies and uniforms – $150.00

Woman who helps others in trouble herself – August 9, 2018

A local Summerville woman who works at an apartment complex has been helpful to the residents by helping them out with deferred rent payments and small amounts of financial assistance out of her own pocket at times.  She has also made referrals to Change for a Dollar in the past. She would contact Change for a Dollar for help with larger expenses like helping with electric bills as she couldn’t afford to help that much.  Change for a Dollar had not heard from her in over a year until recently she contacted us.  She now herself was struggling as she has two young adult children that got into financial trouble and she helped them to the point of overextending herself. She had a past due electric bill and was in danger of disconnect but was able to come up with the funds to pay the disconnect amount.  She still had a significant outstanding balance on her account.  Change for a Dollar assisted her by making a payment toward the outstanding balance that she greatly appreciated.

SCE&G payment – $200.00

Homeless man needed new birth certificate – August 2, 2018

A homeless man who was working on getting back on his feet was having difficulty in getting a decent job due to lack of proper identification.  He did not have a SS card nor birth certificate.  To get the replacement social security card he needed to produce a valid birth certificate.  The cost for a new certificate was $25 but he only had a few dollars pocket money from odd jobs, etc.  Change for a Dollar was approached and asked if we could help.   A money order made out to the county in which he was born was given to folks helping him get the new certificate.  It should arrive in a couple of weeks and allow him to get his SS card and thus get a real job.

Replacement Birth Certificate fee – $25.00

Monday, July 23, 2018

Guest at Expanding the Table in need of rent assistance – July 19, 2018

A Summerville woman who is regular guest at Expanding the Table and was talking with one of the volunteers one evening.  She shared that her husband had been sent to jail for failing to pay some outstanding fines.  He was going to be in jail for 90 days and she would lose the income that he contributed for that time.  She indicated that his employer promised him his job upon release but in the mean time she was in danger of being evicted out of the trailer she rented.  Change for a Dollar offered to assist with the rent and some other volunteers help with food and cleaning products she had requested as well.  Change for a Dollar met with the landlord and contributed toward the monthly rent payment.

Rent assistance – $200.00

Repairs to woman’s bed so she wasn’t sleeping on floor – July 10, 2018

A young woman needed to replace her furniture in her apartment and was able to get a new queen sized mattress but it did not come with a frame or box spring.  She was sleeping on the mattress on the floor but had difficulty getting in and out of the bed due to her disabilities.  Change for a Dollar received a donated bed frame from an Ashley Ridge Church owner and was able to pick up a couple of pieces of plywood cut to size to support the mattress on the bed frame.  The repair resulted in raising the mattress enough off the floor to make it easier for the woman to get in and out of the bed.

Two sheets of plywood – $49.90

Battered woman assisted in returning home - July 3, 2018

A young woman and her son had located to Summerville with a boyfriend from Virginia.  The boyfriend had a local plumbing business he brought to SC and they were all hoping for a new start.  After a few weeks in Summerville the couple began to have some domestic disputes.  The situation started to get very tense and eventually escalated to physical violence.  The woman had enough money to put her son on a train back to Virginia to his grandparents as she wanted him away from the problems.   At one point the boyfriend pulled a knife on the woman and stabbed her, thankfully the wound was minor but the police were called and he was arrested.  The woman realized she had made a mistake and was now looking for a way to get back to Virginia but had no money and no transportation.  The Victims Advocate was helping her and referred her to the local homeless shelter for some basic assistance and an Ashley Ridge Church owner became aware of the situation and requested assistance for the woman. Change for a Dollar assisted with some gas gift cards for the woman as she found someone to catch a ride up north but needed to share in the expenses.  The victim’s advocate put her up for a few days in a hotel so she didn’t have to return to the apartment as the boyfriend had bonded out.  A few days later she was headed home.

Gas gift cards – $100.00

Monday, June 25, 2018

Man needed tire for his truck, June 26, 2018

A gentleman who is a regular guest at the Expanding the Table serving site is often there with his young son.  He works but struggles to make ends meet.  Recently he was at the site and his truck had a flat tire.  He had an air pump he carried that he used to fill the tire several times a day.  He would every day or so also put in a can of Fix a Flat to help keep it inflated.  One of the ARC volunteers offered to see if they could get Change for a Dollar to help.  Change for a Dollar picked up a used tire and the ARC volunteer delivered it to the man the following day.

Used tire – $48.15

Disabled single mom and daughter sleeping on floor, June 17, 2018

A disabled single mom and her teenage daughter are regular guests at one of the Expanding the Table serving sites.  After the meal one evening one of the volunteers helped the family bring some meals back to their apartment and chatted with them a bit.  It turns out the mother’s sister who was living with them had to leave and they now were struggling with the loss of assistance she provided.  They had fallen behind on their electric bill and were two weeks away from a disconnect, had little food in the house and for some reason the apartment was almost totally bare of furniture.  There was only one chair in the house and a coffee table, they were sleeping on the floor.  Change for a Dollar offered to assist.  The electric bill was paid, a mattress was purchased for the teenage daughter and they were given a Walmart gift card and taken to do grocery shopping.  Other volunteers heard of the situation and donated a queen size mattress for the mother, others donated a kitchen table and chairs and another offered a couch and a love seat.  The family was much appreciative of all the help

Various - $100 Walmart card,, BJ's Mattress $97.19 & $281 SCE&G

Homeless couple living in truck, June 17, 2018

There is a local Summerville couple who are living in their truck.  The husband has been looking for work but was limited due to a bad back.  They had no gas for their vehicle and the meals were coming largely from local food pantries and soup kitchens.  Other folks in the community were helping them with water and a little gas to run the AC in the vehicle to try to avoid the current heat wave.  They were referred to other options to get out of the heat, a place to do laundry and take a shower but they did lack some other needed items such as clothing, specifically undergarments.  Change for a Dollar assisted them with two gift cards, one for Walmart to purchase food and clothing and a gas card to be able to fuel the vehicle for the husband to be able to seek employment and stay cool.

Gift cards - $100 Walmart & $50.00 Gas

Large demand for prescription medications for homeless, June 13, 2018

There is a local Summerville man who is homeless who is battling Stage 3B lung cancer.  Thankfully he is getting his radiation and chemotherapy though a local hospital charity program at this time. However, his medication to help him tolerate the treatments are not covered.  Between his ongoing need for prescriptions and a spike in the demand for medications for other homeless in the community, Change for a Dollar has been called on to assist once again.  Thankfully there exists a relationship with a local pharmacy that offers Change for a Dollar a discount on the cash price for the medications that allows us to assist the local homeless population.

Prescription medications - $200.00

Homeless woman needed room for a few nights, June 9, 2018

A regular guest at one of the Expanding the Table serving sites pointed out a Summerville woman to change for a Dollars who recently became homeless.  The woman was living with her daughter but there was trouble in the relationship and she needed to leave her daughter’s residence.  The woman had recently lost her job but was actively looking for new work.  A distant family relative was coming in from Walterboro to put her up in a hotel for a night or two but was not sure what else she could do as all the homeless shelters were full.  Change for a Dollar offered to get her two more nights in the hotel to buy her some additional time to get her situation under control.  Upon informing her that the room was paid for she indicated that she had gotten a job that morning and would be able to get back on her feet.

Two nights hotel stay - $154.00

Monday, May 28, 2018

New High Schooler needed uniform – May 25, 2018

A teenaged girl who often helps out on the Expanding the Table Food Truck is entering Summerville High School.  She tried out for the High School Marching Band color guard and was very excited to be accepted to be part of the group.  However, when she got some of the details on being accepted she got the sad news from her family that they could not afford the cost of the uniforms for her.  A volunteer from Expanding the Table approached Change for a Dollar to see if we could possibly assist with the cost of the color guard uniform.  The volunteer went to Summerville High School and arranged for the payment of the uniform so the young lady will be able to participate in the marching band in the new school year.

Color Guard Uniform - $145.00

Disabled woman victim of home invasion – May 15, 2018

A disabled woman who is a regular guest at Expanding the Table had a recent traumatic experience.  During the night she was a victim of a home invasion while she slept.  Thankfully she was unharmed.  The intruders kicked in her door and stole her fanny pack with her wallet etc. that was located just inside the door.  She lost her ID cards, food stamps and $150 in cash.  Change for a Dollar was asked for assistance.  The apartment maintenance man did not do a very good job on repairing her door dead bolt /door jamb so C4$ helped make it more secure.  When we inquired as to what her other needs were she said she really needed a new manual wheelchair that she was saving for to use in the house.  She uses a motorized one when venturing outside.  Change for a Dollar assisted by getting her a new wheel chair.  Other volunteers have assisted in getting her documentation, etc. replaced as well.

Manual wheelchair - $171.19

Monday, May 14, 2018

Homeless man battles cancer – April 30, 2018

A local Summerville homeless man recently collapsed and was taken by ambulance to the Emergency Room.  He was having difficulty breathing as a result of fluid in his chest cavity from an infection and the presence of cancer.  Upon further testing in the hospital they found he had a cancerous tumor the size of a baseball in his left lung.  He had a chest tube to drain the fluid and was treated for the infection.  Upon discharge he was referred to an oncologist who diagnosed him with Stage 3B Lung Cancer, a very serious condition.  The local homeless shelter took him in and assisted with getting him plugged into treatment.  He is in the process of getting Medicaid but has no insurance at this time nor prescription coverage.  He needed several medications as part of his treatment and Change for a Dollar offered to assist with the cost.

Medications at local pharmacy - $150.00

Friday, April 6, 2018

Family loses everything in fire – April 5, 2018

A local family recently lost everything in their house fire.  Their son whose room was the starting point of the fire was also burned in the escape from the house.  The family had a lot of support from their friends, employers and the local high school where one of the children attended.  The high school office shared the information with Ashley Ridge Church staff and Change for a Dollar reached out to see if we could assist in any way.  The Red Cross puts families in a hotel for three nights following a serious fire.  This family was struggling to continue to pay for the hotel stay beyond the three nights but most other needs like clothing and food had been met.  They told Change for a Dollar that keeping a roof over their head and staying locally for the kid’s school attendance was the biggest need at this time.  Change for a Dollar offered to help with the cost for extending their stay in the hotel while they continue to sort their situation out.  Thankfully the burned son was released from the hospital after several days of treatment for his burns and was expect to have a good recovery.

Additional hotel stay - $500.00