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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Man dying from cancer has electric shut off – June 6, 2017

A gentleman from Summerville, known by many as a longtime resident, is terminally ill with cancer.  He has been living in a trailer in a local trailer park with many of his “extended family”.   The disease and the treatment has taken its toll on him and one of the other family members was tending to the bills.  Unfortunately, the electric bill was overlooked and the electric was temporarily disconnected.  Several folks from Ashley Ridge Church were looking for a way to help him with his trailer, which was in disrepair or some other means to lighten his burden during this difficult time.  The electric disconnect was an added inconvenience that at a minimum put additional stress on him.  He was content with staying with the family in their trailer and was not interested in relocating as this was his home and where he wanted to be in his final days.  Change for a Dollar made an additional payment on the electric bill to hopefully prevent any future disruptions in electric, especially with the current hot weather.

SCE&G Payment - $250.00

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Newborn baby, cardiac arrest – May 26, 2017

A young couple from Summerville was expecting a delivery of their baby daughter with all indications she was healthy and a good size estimated to be about nine pounds.  For some unknown reason the baby went into cardiac arrest and wasn’t breathing as she delivered.  The doctors and nurses performed CPR on the baby to revive her.  They also cooled the baby’s body to help prevent organ damage.  Unfortunately she went into cardiac arrest for a second time and thankfully was successfully resuscitated again.  However, as a result of the CPR she had a fractured rib and it punctured an internal organ.  She has been in NICU at MUSC since her birth over a week ago.  The family has been driving back and forth from Summerville to MUSC and putting quite a few miles on the vehicles.  Change for a Dollar provided $100 in gas gift cards to help with the travel expenses.  An organization that the father volunteers with heard of the Change for a Dollar $100 donation and they also chipped in for additional gas cards to help as well.  While the family is optimistic and prognosis is good please pray for the family and the rapid recovery of the baby girl.

Gas cards - $100.00

Monday, May 8, 2017

Homeless man returns to N. Carolina– May 4, 2017

A young man originally from North Carolina was granted permission by his Parole Officer the right to move to Summerville because he had a solid job offer.  This worked out for a few months until he was laid off from the job and did not have the means to support himself.  He eventually found his way to the local homeless shelter.  He remained in contact with his Parole Officer the whole time who advised him that a program had recently opened up in NC for former inmates that included subsidized housing and a job.  As much as the young man wanted to remain in Summerville his best opportunity for regaining self-sufficiency was to return to NC and enter into the program.  Change for a Dollar assisted in purchasing a bus ticket for him to return to NC.

Bus ticket to NC - $54.00

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A WONDERFUL request at the smallest cost– April 29, 2017

A group of folks from Ashley Ridge Church meets weekly in a local park in the evening for Small Group.  This past week as they gathered one of the women was approached by a fellow she knew who frequents the park.  He asked what she was doing there and what where the books she was carrying.  She explained that her Small Group meets in the park on Tuesdays for bible studies etc. and that was her bible and a study book for the evening’s gathering.  The man told her he wished he had a bible that was easy to read and in large print.  She told him she would look into it for him.  She asked if Change for a Dollar could help and we found an NIrV version online which is easy to read and in large print.  We ordered it and she was able to deliver it to him the following Friday when she saw him next.  One of the least costly C4$ requests ever but a wonderful request to be able to fill.

NIrV Bible - $7.92

Disabled woman needed wheelchair repair – April 28, 2017

A Summerville woman who is a regular at the Expanding the Table dinner is disabled and is wheelchair bound.  She uses her motorized chair to get around, socialize and shop outside of her apartment. However, her wheelchair is covered by Medicare for indoor use only and the batteries get a more severe workout from the repeated drain and recharges with the outside use.  Medicare will only cover battery replacement once per year.  She recently had problems with the batteries which were found to be in need of replacement and her battery charger was also not working properly.  She was 4 months early on the insurance coverage to replace the batteries and was currently using a manual chair which she struggled with not having the upper body strength.  A volunteer from ETT was approach for assistance who contacted Change for a Dollar.  We spoke with the wheelchair servicing company and arranged to have her batteries replaced so she could start using her motorized chair again.

Wheelchair batteries replacement - $473.70

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Disabled “Missionary” in financial trouble– April 24, 2017

An elderly disabled Summerville woman for many years had been on a local mission to help the poor and the homeless in the community.  She had become to be known as the “Bread Lady” as she would make weekly visits to local grocery stores, get the last sale date bread and redistribute it to local food pantries, etc. in spite of her condition.  She was also very active in advocating for and helping the homeless.  Recently her medical condition had deteriorated to the point where she is now home bound.  Her disability and Medicare does not pay all the cost of her home care and she has significant co pays for the in home therapy, etc.  Her budget is very strained and she fell behind on her electric bill and was in danger of disconnect.  A year or so ago Change for a Dollar assisted her and she now humbly reach out for information on other organizations that may be able to assist.  Change for Dollar pointed her to some agencies that may help but we also made a payment to prevent the disconnect of the electric, plus a little extra towards the next bill.

SCE&G Payment - $300.00