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

Assistance for rehab for homeless man - March 22, 2018

A Summerville man has been struggling with addiction for the majority of his adult life.  He has a very supportive family and they tried to help him through all his struggles over the years.  In the past year however the family was no longer able to continue to provide housing and support for a variety of reasons.  The man was working on and off and was attending AA and NA meetings on and off too but really struggled staying engaged.  When he found himself living in a homeless shelter and no place to turn after failed local rehab attempts he got serious about making a change.  He is also on disability and has insurance that is now helping pay for an intensive inpatient 3 to 6 month rehabilitation facility in Upstate SC.  He did need to have a substantial copay to enter the facility but was short the funds to do so.  Change for a Dollar offered assistance to the family and helped pay the copay for him to enter the program.

Co Pay for Rehab center - $500.00

Friday, March 9, 2018

New bicycle tires for homeless man – March 9, 2018

A homeless man regularly visits the Expanding the Table food truck by bicycle.  He is pretty good at maintaining his bicycle as he is handy enough to do minor repairs.  However, his tires were showing extensive wear and he was in need of new ones.  Change for a Dollar approached him to see if he could use some new tires.  He was thrilled at the offer where Change for a Dollar paid for two new tires, two tubes and a bike lock.  Since he didn’t have a lock he was concerned with the new “wheels” he might be a target for theft so he was helped with that also.

Bike tires, tubes and lock - $59.50

Bus ticket for homeless man – March 1, 2018

A homeless man was recently hospitalized following an accidental poisoning.  He was scheduled to reside at the local homeless shelter but when he was in the hospital he connected with a sister from Tennessee who he hadn’t spoken with in a while.  She offered to put him up following his discharge from the hospital and had a job lined up for him as well in Tennessee, if he could arrange to get himself there.  He preferred to take his sister up on the offer rather than staying in Summerville and the shelter.  Change for a Dollar assisted in purchasing him a bus ticket to Tennessee.

Bus ticket to Tennessee - $134.55

Refrigerator needed for Community Center - February 14, 2018

A local Community Resource Center that services a poor section of Summerville recently began receiving food donations from various organizations.  They have a small food pantry and only a small “dormitory” sized refrigerator.  Their ministry was growing and they were in need of a larger refrigerator to store food as they were regularly serving lunches to people from the community.  Change for a Dollar became aware of this organization as they are in the midst of several other ministries ARC conducts.  A larger refrigerator would allow them to better serve the same community ARC was supporting in many ways.  Change for a Dollar arranged for the purchase of a used refrigerator for the Center.

Used Refrigerator - $315.65

Widow needed car repairs - February 13, 2018

There was a couple that regularly visited the Expanding the Table food ministry that recently experienced a death in the family.  The husband of this this couple died of cancer and left his widow struggling a little bit financially.  The wife has a job but her car was in need of some repairs.  She was short some funds to give the mechanic to start work because she was still a week away from getting paid.  She had arranged for transportation to work but need the car ASAP.  An ARC owner was approached for assistance who reached out to Change for a Dollar.  Change for a Dollar arranged to pay a deposit for the mechanic to get the parts and begin the repairs, which she was going to pay for the balance once she got paid at work.

Car repairs - $100.00

Monday, February 5, 2018

Prescription medications - January 19, 2018

Change for a Dollar has received numerous requests since the first of the year to assist with prescription medications for the poor and homeless in the community.  The winter of 2017/2018 is proving to be a big challenge for both the hospitals and free medical clinics.  There has been a flood of flu cases, pneumonia, bronchitis and winter colds that have kept those facilities packed.  Most all of the poor and homeless in the community lack insurance and often the ability to pay for their medications.  Change for a Dollar has assisted several folks many times this season 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

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Disabled man without electric/heat – January 1, 2018

Change for a Dollar received a phone call from an apartment manager in Summerville regarding one of their tenants.  The man who rented the apartment was disabled but worked a little to supplement his disability income.  He had gotten behind on his electric bill and was scheduled to be disconnected but planned to pay the bill when he got his pay check.  Because of the holidays, there was a delay in getting his check and getting it cashed which prevented him from paying the bill in time.  That resulted in the electric being shut off.  He would have the money to get the electric back on but the SCE&G offices were closed for the holiday and he needed some assistance for the short term with the forecast frigid temperatures.  The apartment manager asked if we could assist in some way.  Since he had no electric the only option was for a kerosene heater which was provided to supply heat until he could arrange for the electric to be reinstated.

Kerosene heater, container and fuel - $163.67

High demand for prescription assistance – December 18, 2017

The poor and uninsured in Summerville struggle to get the necessary medications for their basic health care needs.  Often they are given prescriptions upon discharge from the hospital that they cannot afford to get filled.  Also medications are often the first thing to be put aside when folks who are poor, homeless and or receive their health care from free medical clinics have other financial demands like food.   This winter season has seen a spike in upper respiratory infections, bronchitis and pneumonia with many hospitalizations.  Change for a Dollar was asked from a variety of sources to assist folks once again with their prescriptions.  Change for a Dollar has a relationship with a local pharmacy where they offer a discount on medications and Change for a Dollar paid for those prescriptions.

Prescriptions for patients- $100

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Homeless man needed help with rent deposit – December 14, 2017

A local Summerville homeless man was taking a step towards independence.  He had recently gotten involved with a local church and was working hard at turning his life around.  Through his connections with the church he was able to pick up some odd jobs in the community.  He was hopeful of getting into a boarding house in Summerville after the first of the year but in the meantime he was renting a room in Ladson.  He needed some assistance with the deposit for the room.  Change for a Dollar was asked to assist this fellow with his rent deposit.  Change for a Dollar met with the landlord and paid for the deposit.

Rent deposit - $100

Monday, December 11, 2017

Church Angel Tree supplemental gifts – December 12, 2017

For the past couple of years Ashley Ridge Church has provided an Angel Tree for gifts for children that frequent the Expanding the Table food truck.  This year there was a large number of kids and a very large response from the church.  The distribution is scheduled for the coming weekend and an inventory of all the Angels and names of kids (new kids always arise at the last minute) indicated there was a shortage of gifts with no time to re-solicit folks to purchase.  The ETT ministry wants to insure no kid would be missed so they asked Change for a Dollar if it could assist with some funds for additional Christmas gifts for the additional children.  Chang for a Dollar paid for some additional gifts and several volunteers offered to  wrap them for the upcoming distribution.

Angel Tree Children Christmas gifts - $210

Homeless man needs prescriptions filled – December 8, 2017

An uninsured homeless man was recently hospitalized for pneumonia.  While in the hospital he was also diagnosed with COPD and spent a week in the hospital recuperating.  Being uninsured, he was given prescriptions upon discharge that he could not afford to get filled.  It was critical that he have his four medications to prevent a relapse or further complications.   Change for a Dollar was asked to assist this fellow with his prescriptions.  Change for a Dollar has a relationship with a local pharmacy where they offer a discount on medications and Change for a Dollar paid for those prescriptions.

Prescriptions for patients- $140

Monday, November 27, 2017

Injured woman returns to home with no heat – November 26, 2017

A referral came to Change for a Dollar from one of the Expanding the Table food truck guests.  A woman who often takes a couple of meals to go to deliver to folks who are home bound became aware of a local woman who had been hospitalized following a serious auto accident.  She was hit by a large truck and suffered serious internal injuries.  Upon release from the hospital she returned to her home where the heat had broken and due to the loss of work and medical bills was unable to afford to get it repaired.  The woman who comes to the truck was going to bring her a dinner and asked if there was any way the church or someone could help with a portable space heater.  Change for a Dollar got her a heater and a second one was donated as well so two heaters were delivered to her so she didn’t have to move it from room to room.

Space heater cost - $38.13

Homeless couple in need of assistance – November 12, 2017

A referral came to Change for a Dollar from a resident at the local homeless shelter.  He assisted a homeless couple who had just relocated back to Summerville from N. Carolina and they had just started jobs.  The place where they were promised as few weeks stay until their paychecks came in did not work out.  They were staying in a local motel and had secured a weekly rate from the motel manager but were running out of funds for both rent and food.  The fellow from the homeless shelter gave the woman a coat and some food from the shelter to help them out.  Change for a Dollar was able to assist with paying for an additional week stay at the motel until their first paychecks came in.

Motel costs - $385.00

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