Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Terminally ill man in need of assistance – Jan 10, 2017

A terminally ill man was living with his mother and his wife who are both disabled.  He was previously homeless following release from prison but recently was able to arrange to live with his mother and wife.  They shared a small single wide trailer but their combined disability payments barely covered all their expenses.  Before his illness progressed he was able to do some painting jobs but had become too weak to continue to work.  As a result the finances were stretched very thin.  He reached out Change for a Dollar for assistance with their electric bill.  They were not in danger of being disconnected but the bill was coming due next week and they didn’t have enough funds.  Change for Dollars offered some advice that they get on balanced billing with SCE&G to levelize their monthly payments and assisted with a payment towards their outstanding bill.

SCE&G Payment - $150.00

Single Mom struggling to make ends meet – Jan 5, 2017

An ARC owner was serving on the Expanding the Table food truck one evening when he became acquainted with a new guest, a single mom.  She had been coming to the truck for several days and the ARC Owner got to know her a little better.  She shared that she recently became single and was struggling to make ends meet as she cleaned houses for a living.  She recently lost a big customer and was have trouble keeping up as she didn’t have enough for day care to work when the child was not in school.  We referred her to several Lowcountry Human Services organizations that assist people but she had come up dry as the Christmas season had drained most resources.  The ARC owner ask if Change for a Dollar could assist with paying a past due electric bill to help avoid the service being disconnected.  Change for a Dollar paid the amount necessary to prevent the disconnect.

SCE&G Payment - $180.00

Heater for Elderly Woman– Dec 17, 2016

An ARC owner was on Facebook and became aware through a FB Friend that there was an elderly woman who didn’t have sufficient heat in her home.  She had one portable heater but it was not enough to keep her warm.  He asked if Change for a Dollar could help with an additional heater.  He reached out to the FB friend and told her Change for a Dollar could assist the elderly woman.  He purchased the heater and delivered it but in the process he learned that his FB friend had a son who really wanted a train set for Christmas but she didn’t have enough for that additional Christmas gift.  The ARC owner delivered the heater along with buying the train set himself as gift for the young boy.  Two folks had a good Christmas.

Cost of Heater - $34.99