Greenwich-area single parents struggle to provide for families during holiday season
Every Thursday and Sunday through the end of the year, the Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time will publish short stories about local families and people in need of a helping hand. The names of those included have been changed to protect their privacy.
Each case will include 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.
Maria used to live at her mother-in-law’s home, where her family of four slept in one room. After four years there, they decided to leave her in-laws, and they now live in a two-bedroom apartment. Maria got a part-time job to help her husband pay the expenses since he has two low-paying jobs, and goes to Norwalk Community College part time. The rent is very high, and they are struggling to make ends meet. Maria also goes to school in the mornings to learn English, and takes care of her children after school. Maria and her family are lacking furniture, cooking utensils and other housing necessities. A contribution of $500 would help make Maria’s home more livable for her family.
Cora is a single mother of five children. She is unemployed after just having a baby. Cora recently needed to get rid of all her furniture due to a roach infestation in her apartment. Because there is no furniture in her apartment, Cora’s children eat on the floor or sit in small chairs at a small toddler table. A gift of $500 would allow Cora to purchase a table set and possibly a sofa so she and her family can eat meals together and spend the holiday comfortably.
Lauren is a single mother of two children. Although she is working to make ends meet, she needed to move out of her apartment after it was too damaged by a fire. Lauren and her family recently moved into a rented bedroom with her children, because she did not have anywhere else to live. The tenant who is renting the room to Lauren allowed her to move in without paying the first month’s rent. A gift of $700 would allow Lauren to pay her first month’s rent so she and her children can continue living in the home to enjoy the holidays.
Elmy has been struggling with bills and maintaining food in her home while she works a low-income job due to her speech and hearing impairment. She is a single mother of two children who struggles to pay for groceries and has fallen behind with her bills. A gift of $500 will help Elmy with her household bills and purchase groceries this winter.
Alicia is unemployed with three children. One of her children is autistic and requires a lot of attention. She is struggling with bills and providing for the basic needs of her children. A gift of $500 will help Alicia pay her past-due bills and purchase gifts for her children during the holiday.
Cheryl nearly died from a routine surgery. She ended up in a coma. When she woke up, she had to learn to walk and talk again. She needs another surgery because the original one didn’t resolve her problem. Due to her medical setbacks, she hasn’t been able to work. She is struggling to pay her bills. Cheryl would benefit from $500 to catch up on her phone, rent and electric bills.
To contribute, visit http://bit.ly/2jU5O1H and select from case numbers above.