Monday, November 6, 2017

Disabled elderly couple in need of food – November 4, 2017

An elderly couple had been regulars at the ETT Food Truck but had not come around in several months.  They returned just recently and some of the ETT volunteers reconnected with them.  They are a very cute couple and do a lot to help homeless vets living in the woods in West Ashley.   Recently the wife had a bad fall and broke her back, which was the reason they were not around.  They have very limited income and although Medicaid covered most of the medical costs they were struggling.  They only receive $68 per month on food stamps and are very frugal with their car trips to save gas.  They still in spite of it all continued to assist the vets.  Change for a Dollar helped out with a BiLo food gift card to help with the food budget.

BiLo food card - $75

Homeless man gets to see grandchild – November 1, 2017

A homeless man was in communication with his son about the possibility of getting to see his grandchildren. The son was able to have some extended time with the children but did not have the means to purchase a car seat for the trip to upstate SC to pick up the kids.  The son also did not have the extra funds for the gas for the trip as he was between jobs and funds were very low for him as well.  Change for a Dollar offered to assist with getting the car seat and a gas card so the son could make the trip, pick up the kids and the whole family could spend some long overdue quality time together.

Car seat and gas card ($80 + $50) - Total $130

Single mom living in hotel with kids – October 28, 2017

A referral from Ashley Ridge High School came to Change for a Dollar about one of their students.  A family of four is homeless and living in an extended stay hotel in N. Charleston.  The children go to school in Summerville and one is in Ashley Ridge High School.  An ARC owner works in the office had heard about the family and their struggles and contacted Change for a Dollar.  The family was planning a move in with a relative but that was still a week or so away from happening.  They had run out of money and needed a place to stay for one more week until they got a check.  Change for a Dollar assisted with a week’s stay at the extended stay hotel until they could get settled in their new residence.

Hotel Weekly Rate - $456.49

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Folks struggling with mental health issues – October 5, 2017

Many poor local Summerville residents are struggling with mental health issues that require specific medications.  Mostly being uninsured, the patients will be seen by doctors at hospitals where they were given prescriptions upon discharge that they cannot afford.  Often they wind up in the Emergency Room as a result of not having medications.  These folks need assistance for medications to avoid recurrence of emotional episodes.  Change for a Dollar was asked to assist a couple of folks with their mental health medication.  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 prescriptions.

Prescriptions for patients- $100

Newly divorced man behind on bills – October 4, 2017

A Summerville man recently got divorced but sadly the process was very contentious.  In the end this fellow was in serious financial trouble.  He was working at a new job in sales but unfortunately a lot of his salary was based upon commissions.  While dealing with the difficulty of the divorce and the financial hardship he was maintaining an apartment and paying his bills.  He had some car troubles that set him back a bit and was now struggling to pay all his bills.  While his electric bill was current he thought he would not be able to pay the next month’s bill on time.  He asked an ARC owner for help through the church.  Change for a Dollar paid his next month’s electric bill.

SCE&G Payment - $87.00

Single Mom struggling to make ends meet – September 18, 2017

An ARC owner was serving on the Expanding the Table food truck one evening when he became aware of a struggling single mom.  She had been coming to the truck in the past but has not been there in some time.  She shared that she recently was struggling to make ends meet.  She was still cleaning houses for a living.  She recently had to change jobs and was not getting as many hours she had at the old job.  The ARC owner ask if Change for a Dollar could assist by helping with a payment on her electric bill. Change for a Dollar paid a portion of the balance due to SCE&G.

SCE&G Payment - $125.00

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

People in need of assistance for medications – September 13, 2017

The local men’s homeless shelter recently has had an unusual amount of residents struggling with physical and mental health issues that required medications.  Also several poor uninsured patients of the local free medical clinic were struggling with the cost of their prescriptions.  They all were able to be seen by doctors at hospitals and free medical clinics under charity programs and in many cases they were given prescriptions they couldn’t afford.  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 prescriptions.

Prescriptions for poor and homeless - $100

Wyoming couple stranded/living in car – September 2, 2017

A couple from Wyoming was passing through Summerville when their car broke down. Both of them were on disability, the husband being a multiple amputee.  Both of them also appeared to struggle mentally as their plans and thought process often made no sense.  Their car, although not that old and appeared in decent shape, needed extensive repairs to the engine and suspension that was beyond its value or their means to pay.  The local repair shop was letting them live (for 3 weeks) in the disabled car in the parking lot of the establishment while they worked on their plans.  They had made tentative arrangements to purchase a used car from one of the repair shop mechanics at the beginning of the month when they got their disability payments but it was not a definite.  Change for a Dollar offered several options to help but they could not decide on what to do.  In the end they were short a few hundred dollars for the purchase of the car and Change for a Dollar offered to assist with the purchase to help them on their way. 

Assistance with car purchase - $200

Homeless men in need of medications – September 1, 2017

Several poor uninsured residents of the local homeless shelter were suffering from a variety of medical conditions.  They were able to be seen by doctors at hospitals and free medical clinics under charity programs and in many cases they were given prescriptions for their conditions.  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 medications.

Prescriptions for poor and homeless - $100

Monday, August 21, 2017

Dying man’s grandson helping fix up home – August 12, 2017

A Summerville man who has been battling cancer is very ill and has stop treating.  The trailer that he and his wife live in was in terrible disrepair.  Recently this grandson arrived to see if he could help with anything.  The grandson and two of his friends proceed to make repairs to the kitchen, master bathroom and patched the holes in the walls and floors.  The young men were trying to get the place repaired to make it more comfortable for the grandfather and more livable for the future residents.  The young men needed some additional materials that Change for a Dollar assisted with purchasing.  C4$ delivered several sheets of sheet-rock, and spackling equipment to help the young men out with the cost of the renovations.

Home Depot charges – $56.83

Food truck guest struggling – August 11, 2017

A woman who is regular visitor to the ETT food truck has custody of her grandson.  The young fellow is very enthusiastic and always jumps in to help with the ministry.  Recently she had some trouble with a tree limb that had broken off and fell on her house.  She and her grandson could not handle the removal.  A few volunteers form Ashley Ridge Church helped remove the tree limb.  In talking with her that day she shared that she was struggling financially at the moment due to some unexpected expenses.  When asked about her electric bill she indicated she was current but had a payment due in two weeks and was going to be short.  The volunteers approached Change for a Dollar who verified that she had been paying her bills regularly but the coming bill was a little larger and in fact due was due in two weeks.  Change for a Dollar assisted in paying half of her upcoming SCE&G bill.

SCE&G payment – $125

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Former homeless man needs bicycle – July 20, 2017

A former homeless man was now living on his own in a place with his wife.  He has been working diligently at a landscaping job but rides a bicycle to work.  Recently his bicycle broke and his wife needed some major surgery.  He lacked any funds for a new bike and lately he has been walking to work every day which was about five miles each way.  Change for a Dollar got him a new bicycle for use to get to work.

Bicycle – $85.79

Poor and Homeless in need of medications – July 18, 2017

Several poor uninsured Summerville residents and residents of the local homeless shelter were suffering from a variety of medical conditions.  They were able to be seen by doctors at hospitals and free medical clinics under charity programs.  In many cases they were given prescriptions and or needed over the counter medications 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 medications.

Prescriptions for poor and homeless - $100

Homeless man needs tent – July 18, 2017

A 42 year old homeless man has been homeless for some time.  He was recently staying at a facility for but due to a variety of circumstances he was no longer able to stay there.  He was given enough notice of the need to move out and word got to Change for a Dollar as to his change in status.  Change for a Dollar asked if there were any needs that he may have in moving on.  Most of his needs were met, lantern, luggage, toiletries, bedding, etc. but he was in need of a tent.  Change for a Dollar got him a good three man tent, large enough for him to sleep in and store his belongings.

Three man tent – $45.99

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Man living in camper needs cooking fuel – July 15, 2017

A man who lives in a camper somewhere in Moncks Corner frequently visits the Summerville area by bicycle.  In his travels he would often stop by the Expanding the Table Food Truck and the ARC office seeking assistance.  He regularly eats at the ETT serving but would stop by the office seeking other types of help, everything form bottles of water to food pantry items.  Recently he was looking for cooking fuel for his camp stove.  The staff of ARC contacted C4$ about his requests.  Change for a Dollar was able to help him with a bit of cooking fuel, quantities that he could transport on his bicycle back to his camper in Moncks Corners.

Cooking Fuel – $8.03

Woman with kidney failure needs washer – July 14, 2017

A woman with kidney failure who is on dialysis is awaiting a kidney transplant.  A regular guest of Katie’s Krops she is well known as a sweet woman who turned her life around from homelessness to having her own place.  Unfortunately, her health recently deteriorated to the point where she now needing a kidney transplant.  She has limited ability to get out and about but would still try to make the monthly dinners at Katie’s Krops.  It became evident that her clothes washer had broken and it was not easy for her to get to the laundromat.  Change for a Dollar became aware of the situation and approached Katie’s Krops to offer assistance.  Change for a Dollar was able to assist with getting a good used washing machine for the woman which was delivered by a group of friends of Katie’s Krops.

Washing Machine – $275.00

Single mom with blind son displaced – July 12, 2017

A single mom with a blind teenage son was displaced from her apartment.  She had relocated to a new apartment that had considerably higher rent.  She was on the landlord’s electric for a short time but now needed to put the electric in her own name.  She had a significant past due amount from her old SCE&G old account that needed to be paid prior to establishing a new account.  Unfortunately, the cost of establishing her SCE&G account far exceeded the means of Change for a Dollar at present time.  She was awaiting a disability check and would circle back in week or two and maybe we could help her more at that time.  In the mean time she needed gas for her vehicle to tend to matters so C4$ gave her a gas card to assist with that present need.

Gas card – $50

Friday, June 30, 2017

Single mom of three loses job – July 1, 2017

A single mom with three young boys was working with an ARC owner but was recently laid off from the office where they worked.  She was a hard working woman and quickly connected with a temp agency and picked up odd jobs immediately.  The family was living paycheck to paycheck and the loss of the job put the family in jeopardy of being evicted.  The woman was raising just enough money through her odd jobs to pay her rent for the coming month.  Any savings were quickly depleted and she was also looking at an electric disconnect notice within the next ten days.  The ARC owner, her former coworker, asked Change for a Dollar to assist. We arranged to pay the disconnect amount preventing the shut off thereby buying her some time as more steady employment became available.

SCE&G Payment – $202.46

Family tragedy leads to help with electric – June 22, 2017

A family known to the Ashley Ridge Church congregation / Expanding the Table mission recently suffered a terrible tragedy.  One of the family members was murdered late one evening.  This fellow was living with his mother and was one of the primary bread winners in the household.  His death has resulted in a loss of income for the family.  The church and many others jumped in to help the extended family with meals and assistance with the funeral expenses but it also became evident that the electric bills for the mother’s place were also in arrears.  Change for a Dollar assisted the woman in her time of need by making a substantial payment on her past due electric bill.  This helped in that it was one less thing she needed to worry about as the family grieved their loss.

SCE&G Payment – $454.08

Summerville man in need of AC – June 17, 2017

A gentleman from Summerville, who was previously homeless, was now in a place of his own, working and doing well.  This fellow was known by an Ashley Ridge Church owner and in discussions with him she found out the room he was living in did not have any air conditioning.  The gentleman had a good job in the community but had just started working there and had no savings to speak of.  The ARC owner asked if Change for a Dollar could get him an air conditioner as the hot summer months were upon us and he did not have enough income/savings yet to be able to afford the AC.  Change for a Dollar purchased a window unit which she delivered to him.

AC window unit - $161.10