Sunday, June 30, 2019

Air Conditioners for folks at ETT– June 25, 2019

This time of the year when the weather starts to get hot many folks living in very modest conditions often suffer in the heat.  Many live in homes with inoperative Air Conditioning units or they may have moved into a place without one.  Several volunteers in the Expanding The Table  mission over the course of the past week were approached by guests with stories of having no AC.  One had moved to a new place without it, another had their unit fail during a power surge during a lightning storm and another had been without one for a couple of years and was asking if we could possibly assist.  Thankfully Change for a Dollar had not had a request for assistance in a couple of weeks and there was just enough funds to cover the three units.  The air conditioners were delivered to folks at the meal serving site and several of the other guests offered to assist with their installations.

Lowes – 3 single room ACs - $642.64

A homeless woman a wanted bible– June 21, 2019

A woman who is homeless was able to be placed in the new women’s homeless shelter in town.  The shelter is a faith based shelter and will always have bibles on hand to share with the guests if they desire one.  There was one guest at the facility who was feeling very blessed to have a place to sort out her issues and had begun taking an interest in church worship and bible studies and had requested a bible. The translation of the bible she was reading was presenting some challenges for her given her reading level.  A volunteer had suggested the NIrV translation, which is an early reader’s version, which is well suited for youth and easy to read.  While it was a youth bible the woman was very excited to be able to easily read the chapters and verses and was thrilled that the Word was coming alive for her.  She also has two middle school children that she thought when she visited with them they could read it together and when she was ready for a different translation she planned to pass it on to her kids.

NIrV bible – $32.88

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A homeless woman at ETT serving– June 2, 2019

A woman who visited Doty Park in Summerville had recently become homeless and asked an Expanding the Table volunteer for help. The woman who was a resident of Summerville left town a few weeks earlier to go to another state with a boyfriend in hopes of a new start.  After a few weeks there the boyfriend kicked her out and she got on a bus to come back to the Lowcountry.  She had hoped to stay with her parents in Summerville but upon return that was not an option.   The ETT volunteer offered to put her up in a local hotel for a couple of nights as the women’s homeless shelter was still a week or so away from opening.  The volunteer asked if Change for a Dollar could help as well and we were able to extend her stay for a few extra days to allow her time to try to make arrangements. We paid for her three night stay at the local hotel.

Economy Inn Hotel – 3 nights - $195.00

Autistic man and mother in need of help– May 25, 2019

A single mom who is a regular guest at the Expanding the Table dinner has an autistic adult male son she cares for.  He is a large young man who is prone to having violent outbursts when he gets agitated.  His mother is able in part to keep him calm by allowing him to listen to Gospel music on her cell phone but it is often problematic when she gets a call or needs the phone herself.  Change for a Dollar was asking the folks at the serving site if there was anything we could do to assist the mother to help with the son.  In discussions it came up that the mother could afford to pay for additional minutes on a phone plan but didn’t have enough money to purchase her son his own phone.  Change for a Dollar offered to get the young man his own phone thereby allowing the mother to keep her phone and in turn she could help control her son’s behavior/ outbursts by him having his own phone.

Walmart “pay as you go phone” and data plan cards. - $184.82

A homeless women picked up on I26– May 16, 2019

A woman, who was acting as a Good Samaritan, contacted one of the ARC volunteers she knew regarding a homeless woman she encountered at an Interstate I26 rest stop.   The woman who was a resident of Texas for some unknown reason got on a bus headed to the Lowcountry in hopes of finding a place to stay and a job. The Good Samaritan woman brought her to the local Summerville Community Resource Center in hopes of finding help for her. The ARC volunteer asked if Change for a Dollar could help with a few days hotel stay for the woman to help her have a place to try to come up with a plan.  Change for a Dollar assisted by paying for her three nights stay in a hotel.

Economy Inn - $195.00

A women in need of medication for pneumonia – May 15, 2019

A Summerville woman who is a guest at Expanding the Table recently became ill. The illnesses developed into serious chest congestion where she wanted to go to the hospital.  She contacted one of the volunteers from the ETT ministry for a ride to the hospital. Upon being seen in the ER she was diagnosed with pneumonia and discharged with a couple of prescriptions.  She has very limited income from a piece work job and she wasn’t able to afford the medication.  Change for a Dollar was asked to assist.  We paid for her three prescriptions.

Publix Pharmacy - $31.61

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Homeless man needed new tires on vehicle– April 13, 2019

A man who is a guest at a local homeless has a vehicle for transportation to work.  The tires were in poor condition and he got a flat.  When he went for the spare it was dry rot and almost flat as well.  He was stranded without two of the tires.  Thankfully he was just down the road from the shelter and limped home of the near flat spare.  Change for a Dollar assisted him with the purchase of two new tires so he could get back on the road and resume his job.

Walmart tires - $110.00

Help for disabled man to earn some income – March 17, 2019

A local Summerville man receives a small disability check.  He does have the ability to do some minor physical labor and would supplement often his income by doing light yard work.  He would do trimming and edging for people but recently his weed wacker broke.  Change for a Dollar assisted in getting him a new weed wacker and some gas so he go back to earning a few extra dollars

Lowe's weed wacker  - $186.57

Assistance with groceries for woman in camper – April 6, 2019

A local Summerville woman who is living in a camper behind a garage in a commercial area was in need of some food assistance.  She often gets food items from food pantries but never has opportunity to get fresh fruits and vegetables or dairy items.  Outreach volunteers from Ashley Ridge Church took her grocery shopping for some of the perishable items to round out her weekly menu.

Mr K’s grocery - $80.00

ETT Guest bike in need of repair– March 24, 2019

A woman who regularly visits the ETT food truck on Saturdays often gets a ride home from a volunteer because her bicycle was broken.  C4$ checked out the bicycle, it needed new tire tubes and a basket would be helpful.  New tire tubes were installed and new baskets were put on which helped her transporting items.   

Tire tubes and baskets - $51.54

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