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Giving Fund: ’Tis the season to help those in need

December 17, 2018

The Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time is publishing short stories about local families and people in need of a helping hand this holiday season.

Each case includes an estimated dollar amount that would help them face everyday challenges like rent payments, child care costs and transportation. Every dollar donated to The Giving Fund goes directly to the clients in need.

The Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time sponsors The Giving Fund in partnership with Family Centers and Person-to-Person. The names of those included have been changed to protect their privacy.

Case #355

Cece’s husband abandoned her and their teenage daughter when they arrived in Stamford. Besides leaving them with no means of support, he left Cece with HIV. She struggled with that for a while but is now managing with medications and mental health counseling through Family Centers. Cece now works in a retail store and is just getting by. Her daughter will be going to college next year. Cece is struggling to make her $375 car payment and is hoping for one month’s relief so she can make it through the holidays.

To contribute, visit http://bit.ly/2jU5O1H and select from the case number above.

Case #356

Pamela is a single grandmother working three jobs and trying to take care of her mentally impaired adult daughter, foster son and grandson with special needs. Her rent went up, and Patty is still playing catchup and fears that she is going to lose her apartment. She puts food on the table for all by going to food pantries, Person to Person and whatever she can come up with. A gift of $500 would help her to be current on her rent and put food on the table without worries.

To contribute, visit http://bit.ly/2jU5O1H and select from the case number above.

Case #357

Amanda is a mother and grandmother who worked all her life to provide for her kids. Just when she was retiring, tragedy struck, and her daughter suffered a massive stroke after childbirth. Now she is taking care of her newborn granddaughter, while her daughter recuperates in the hospital. As a result, Amanda is falling behind on her own financial obligations. A grant of $1,000 would help Amanda her remain in her home, while she continues to care for and provide for her grandchild and support her daughter through recovery.

To contribute, visit http://bit.ly/2jU5O1H and select from the case number above.

Case #358

Gabriella, a single mother who lives with her daughter, is working one job but still struggling. She is unable to pay her utilities because she focused on first paying her rent. Based on her salary, she is unable to afford both. Now, she is three months behind on her electric bills and has received shut-off notices. With the help of the Giving Fund, a total of $500 would help her pay off what she owes.

To contribute, visit http://bit.ly/2jU5O1H and select from the case number above.

Case #359

Jackson was born with chronic health issues and multiple and pervasive learning disabilities. He is a 28-year-old Latino and lives independently in public housing and is working hard as an Uber driver, but his weekly income is not enough to cover special expenses. In order to continue working throughout the winter, he needs to purchase snow tires for his car. The cost is $800. This assistance from the Giving Fund would enable him to retain his current level of self-sufficiency.

To contribute, visit http://bit.ly/2jU5O1H and select from the case number above.

Case #360

Mario has been looking for employment but has been unsuccessful. He is a stay-at-home dad who takes care of his three very young boys in a responsible way. His wife works late hours as a hairstylist until six days a week. Although she is a hard-working mom, the family has been struggling financially for the past two years and they are behind on bills. A gift of $500 would help this family get on track with their debts.

To contribute, visit http://bit.ly/2jU5O1H and select from the case number above.

Case #361

Tarsila is undergoing a complex bereavement process after the sudden death of her mother. To help her depression, she was accepted into a grief support group but doesn’t have the means for transportation. She has been looking for employment but has been unsuccessful. Tarsila and her two young kids rely on the salary from her eldest daughter, who is 18 and works at a local supermarket. A gift of $500 would help Tarsila pay for transportation to get to the evening grief support group.

To contribute, visit http://bit.ly/2jU5O1H and select from the case number above.

Case #362

Yamila is struggling with her eldest son who is 16. He started using drugs and alcohol a year ago, has been truant from school and got himself into legal trouble. He is now aware he needs professional help and was accepted to start therapy. But he is he is not eligible for health insurance because he was not born in the U.S. and his family cannot pay for his treatment. She works part time cleaning houses and has two younger children she must also care for. A gift or $500 would help Yamila pay for her son’s treatment.

To contribute, visit http://bit.ly/2jU5O1H and select from the case number above.

Case #363

Patty lost her job right before the holiday season. She has been working hard to find new employment but has been unsuccessful. She is a single mother who must provide for her four children, and she is struggling to make ends meet. A gift of $400 would help this family through the holidays.

To contribute, visit http://bit.ly/2jU5O1H and select from the case number above.

Case #364

Nadine is a 54-year-old undocumented woman living with HIV. She has lived U.S. since she was 4 years old but has not been able to get her citizenship. She has lived an abusive life and has not been able to hold gainful employment. She is ill and is in need of clothes, boots, sneakers and especially a coat because she is wearing a windbreaker in the winter. A gift of $350 would help Nadine get everything that she needs to keep warm.

To contribute, visit http://bit.ly/2jU5O1H and select from the case number above.

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