Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Tent City family in need of sleeping bags and cots – March 11, 2018

A family that was living in a tent city in the woods on the other side of Interstate I26 came to the ETT Food Truck for dinner one night.  It was a small family that was living in a make shift tents. Several of the volunteers felt the calling to assist and on their own got them a new tent and other basic needs to make life a little bit better.  They approached Change for a Dollar to see if they could help as well and we were able to provide funds for two cots and two sleeping bags to keep the folks off the ground and warm in the evening.

Sleeping bags and cots - $150

Rent assistance for single mom with health issues– March 3, 2018

A woman who occasionally attended Ashley Ridge Church has been struggling with some serious health issues that were costing her a lot in prescription co pays.  She had a regular job but with a young child in day care it really was putting a strain on the budget.  She reluctantly reached out to church staff for where she may be able to get assistance with her rent that was due.  Change for a Dollar typically doesn’t have the funds to assist with rent but had very few requests in the past month.   Change for a Dollar happened to have just enough to help her out (God does work in wonderful ways)  C4$ paid a partial payment to her landlord.

Rent assist - $500

Homeless man new bike – March 2, 2018

A homeless frequently visits the ETT Food Truck by bicycle.  He has been in and out of shelters since his release from prison but early on he received a donated bicycle.  He was very much appreciative of the bicycle and took very good care of it.  He had on occasion asked for a new light or seat or a new tire but nothing major.  One day he went into a convenience store that he normally visits and had locked his bike up when he went into the store.  This past month when he went into the store he came out t find the lock cut and his bicycle stolen.  He was able to get a very used bike form the local homeless shelter but in needed work.  The rear rim was bent and he needed a new tube and tube.  C4$ checked to see if they could help but the parts were getting up there in cost.  C4$ hasn’t had as big request in a while and had enough funds for a new bike.  The new bike was not that much more than the needed parts.  The fellow was thrilled with the bike as he was only expecting to get his repaired.

New bicycle – $160.00

ETT Guest water bill assist – January 31, 2018

A regular guest at the ETT food Truck asked for assistance with his water bill.  He was seen many times in the past helping out fellow guests with small financial assistance.  He always had a positive outlook and felt the call to help others as small as it may be.  He said he hadn’t gotten as much worked as he hoped lately and had fallen behind on his water bill.  Change for a dollar assisted by paying his past due amount thus preventing a disconnect.

SCPW Payment – $90.00

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Single Dad - Electric Assist - January 27, 2019

A dad with a baby called the Ashley Ridge church office for assistance.  Ordinarily there would not have been anyone in the office at that date and time but a staff member answered the call.  The single dad who had custody of his seven month old child was living with his mother.  The family has very modest income and the father was working until he got in a vehicle accident and has been out of work for a couple of weeks.  This put a strain on the family finances.  They were on a “pay as you go” program with Berkeley Electric Cooperative.  They only had a few dollars left on the account and were in danger of being disconnected the next day.  Change for a Dollar paid enough on their account to give them some breathing room for a few days.

Berkeley Elec CoOp Payment – $50.00

Elderly Woman Electric bill assist – January 9, 2109

An elderly woman from Summerville was beginning to have difficulty managing her finances and was forgetting to pay bills.  Her neighbor became aware of the situation and realized she had gotten a disconnect notice for failure to pay her electric bill.  The neighbor posted a notice on one of the local online neighborhood bulletin boards.  An ARC Owner who often monitors and posts information on the bulletin board inquired about the elderly woman.  He found out her account information and change for a Dollar was able to review her account and verified she was in danger of being disconnected.  Change for a Dollar paid the balance due thus preventing her from being disconnected.

SCEG Payment – $107

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Two ETT guests needed assistance – December 28, 2018

This past week two Expanding the Table guests expressed a need. The ETT sites are often place where folks can be found struggling with the financial burdens of everyday living.   One, a woman whose gas heat was not working properly and the service tech could not arrive for several days.  She recently had to undergo heart surgery and was in need of a way to stay warm while waiting on the repair.  Change for a Dollar offered a space heater to hold her over.  Another guest who uses a bicycle for his basic transportation had the front light stolen from his bicycle last week.  The police will issue citations for folks riding a bicycle at night without lights in the front and back.  Change for a Dollar offered to get him a new head light for his bicycle.

Walmart – heater & bike light - $63.47

Single mom in need of washer – December 26, 2018

Recently a Summerville single mom’s washing machining broke. She was steadily employed but didn’t have enough cash to buy a new washer and was not eligible for credit.  For many weeks she was making two trips a week to the laundromat to stay on top of the laundry.  While she was able to afford the laundry costs it was getting burdensome and expensive.  Not to mention the time it took to pack the kids up and go to the laundromat each week.  Change for a Dollar became aware of the situation and offered to get her a used washer.  The washer was delivered to house, which she very much appreciated.

Used washing machine - $300

Part time school worker needed assistance – December 12, 2018

An owner of Ashley Ridge Church contacted Change for a Dollar regarding a part time employee in the local school where she teaches.  The employee was a hard working woman and was a well-liked by the staff.  She lived in a very small house not far from the school where she worked.  The staff at the school had heard that she was struggling with her expenses and asked if Change for a Dollar could assist in some way.  Change for a Dollar asked if she could possibly use some help with her electric bill because the winter is a bad time of the year to have electric disconnected.  They inquired and they found out that indeed her bill was coming due and she did not have the funds.  Change for a Dollar checked on her account status and offered to pay the current month’s bill and the next month to give her some margin, especially around the holidays.

SCE&G payment – $130.00

Local man who helps other needed assistance – November 29, 2018

A gentleman from Summerville who is on disability regularly socializes with other folks in the community.  He is a very friendly and outgoing person that is liked by all.  He often will help folks in need in the community often sharing the little he has.  Recently Change for a Dollar helped a friend of his who was a single mom with her electric bill but now he himself had fallen behind in his bills.  He supplements his disability with the occasional odd job but had not any work recently and his electric bill was due and he didn’t have the money.  Change for a Dollar offered assistance and paid his outstanding electric bill.

SCE&G payment – $283.18

Two ETT guests without heat– November 17, 2018

Two regular guests at the Expanding the Table (ETT) serving site were having trouble with their heating systems in their homes.  There was an early cold snap in the Lowcountry and these folks were without heat.  An ETT volunteer asked Change for a Dollar if there was any assistance available or space heaters.  Change for a Dollar paid for two oil filled space heaters that the ETT volunteer delivered to the guests at their home.

Two heaters from Walmart – $80.98

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Friend of ETT guest loses daughter, struggles – November 16, 2018

A regular guest at the ETT serving site has a friend who less than a year ago got custody of her granddaughter when her daughter died.  The grandmother lives in Charleston and the mother and her daughter lived in Summerville up until her death.  The grandmother was financially okay living alone in Charleston but since taking in her granddaughter she has struggled.  She is looking for a way to move to Summerville so her granddaughter can go back to her school and join her friends.  She is looking for an affordable housing situation in Summerville but struggles right now with the additional expenses of her granddaughter.   The ETT guest asked if there was any way we could help his friend out.  Change for a Dollar checked on her electric bill.  While the bill was current there was a significant balance. Change for a Dollar assisted the woman by making a partial payment to her SCE&G account
SCE&G payment – $225.00

New beginners bibles for kids new to Ashley Ridge Church – November 14, 2018

Three children who are grandchildren of an ARC regular attender have been coming to church on and off for a couple of months. They are really getting into the experience. They are all relatively new to religious instruction and didn’t have any bibles.  An ARC owner offered to get the kids a basic beginner bibles and Change for a Dollar offered to assist with the cost.

Bibles for kids – $81.51

Single mom moves in with mother and attends church – November 12, 2018

A single mom has moved in with her mother who occasionally visits Ashley Ridge Church.  The daughter had to leave Georgia where she was living with her kids due to some family relationship matters that needs to get resolved.  The stay is supposed to be temporary but in the meantime the grandmother suggested to the kids to come to Ashley Ridge Church.  The children really enjoyed their time at church and when their mother arrived to live with them she started to attend as well.  She is a spiritual person but had not been to church in a while but when she came to ARC she truly enjoyed the worship experience.  She would like to journal over the years and also liked journaling in church.  Change for A Dollar got her a new application study bible for worship and a journal for her to start journaling in worship.

Bible and Journal - $59.11

A guest at ETT requests a bicycle – November 8, 2018

A regular guest at the Expanding the Table serving site had asked for a bicycle.  Over the years ETT through donations of bikes from folks and Change for a Dollar has been able to assist with bikes for basic means of transportation for some of the guests.  This guest never asked for assistance in the past as she had a very modest vehicle, although not very reliable.  She said that recently she was in need of a bike as her car was in for service, again.  Change for a Dollar provided her with a basic bicycle from Walmart so that she could still get to appointments and to the stores etc. while her can was being repaired.

Walmart bicycle – $96.12

A regular guest at Katie’s Krops has house with no heat– October 26, 2018

A regular guest at the monthly Katie’s Krops dinner shared with the folks in that ministry that she did not have any heat in her house.  The folks at Katie’s Krops have a close relationship with other local ministries in town and approached an ARC Owner who in turn asked Change for a Dollar to see if we could assist.   Change for a Dollar provided funds to the owner to do some shopping and presented the folks at Katie’s Krops with two electric heaters for their guest.  They were graciously received and they offered much thanks.

Two oil filled electric heaters – $81.73

ETT guest in need of funeral clothes – October 18, 2018

A local Summerville woman who is a regular guest of Expanding the Table recently shared with some volunteers her sister had just died.  She needed to travel out of town with other family members to attend the funeral. She was saddened that she did not have any nice clothes to wear to her sister’s services.  One of the female ETT volunteers hearing the story asked Change for a Dollar if we could assist in getting her a nice new outfit.  The volunteer did the shopping and the ETT guest was thrilled with the selection and was able to attend her sister’s funeral looking nice.  Another volunteer also helped her out with a gas card to help with the gas for the family members making the trip.  Upon her return she shared pictures of the family gathered together after the services all looking well dressed.

New outfit – $73.40

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