Stories About People in Need
LEAVEN works through volunteers to assist people in crisis who have basic needs that cannot be met elsewhere.
While it is not within our means to provide for all of their needs, we can and do give emergency help with the
essentials such as shelter, utilities, and transportation.
Mike and Ellen are parents of three young children. Mike had open heart surgery and suffered a stroke after that. He spent two months in the hospital and had no income during this time. They came to LEAVEN when they were facing eviction and LEAVEN provided the help they needed.
Betty’s son is autistic and has problems with aggressive behavior. She found it difficult to work because of frequent calls from the school which required her to pick him up before the end of the school day. Her husband has had a full-time job for five years but was off recently because of a health issue which required surgery. They were facing eviction and LEAVEN helped with rent.
Judy is a single parent of three small children – one of whom is on a nebulizer. The loss of electricity would be devastating to the health of her asthmatic son and LEAVEN assisted with her utility payment.
Karen is a single mom who has worked full-time for five years and earns a good income but finds it difficult to sustain the household expenses for her five children on her income alone. Faced with disconnection of water and utilities, Karen came to LEAVEN for help.
John and Beth earn slightly more than minimum wage at their jobs. They work very hard but live paycheck to paycheck with a very meager savings. When their vehicle broke down unexpectedly, they were unable to afford the money to repair it. LEAVEN assisted with the repair cost.
Debra and her 15-year-old son are both disabled. Debra has cerebral palsy and her son has muscular dystrophy and is confined to a wheel chair. The family uses a handicap-accessible van that needed some extensive repairs that they could not afford. LEAVEN helped with the cost of repairing the van.