Summertime in Alabama is hot. Sweltering, miserably hot. It's a little like standing inside a dishwasher.
Today's Application of the Day comes from a woman in Winfield, Alabama with MS who can't afford an air conditioner. She is under doctor's orders to stay out of the heat, an impossibility in her situation.
The Application of the Day for today will expire soon. It has zero funding as of today.
This disabled 43-year-old man has no family to speak of, but in order for his medical issues to improve his doctor said he'd need a "support system." After calling a few friends, this applicant has found the support system that will make him better. He's all set to move! The only thing holding him back from recovery are moving expenses.
For instance in Alabama there is an organization devoted solely to providing "car purchase or repair loans to lower income families for transportation to work." The loans are for parents who cannot qualify for traditional loans.
Colorado has Denver Burial Assistance which helps those families or persons who cannot afford to bury loved ones. And Arizona has KidsCare, a very inexpensive insurance plan for all children who are not otherwise covered.
The National Grid worker showed up at Kay Phaneuf’s beige, Cape-style home on Charles Street at 9 a.m. Monday with an order in hand to shut off her electricity. He saw no car in the driveway. He knocked on the door and rang the doorbell, just inches away from a red sign stating “No smoking, oxygen in use.’’ When he got no answer, he cut the power and left.
But Phaneuf, who relied on an oxygen machine because she suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, was inside. By the time her husband, Stephen, arrived home an hour later, she was unconscious. The machine, a plug-in, had stopped working. Stephen Phaneuf called 911. Two days later, his 54-year-old wife was dead.
The electric company argues that the "medical note" on the deceased woman's account had expired, and that they go above and beyond to make sure that those who rely on electricity for medical care are not denied it. Still, Kay Phaneuf's husband is now without his wife.
Today's Application of the Day comes from Fremont, California, where a disabled, single mother of three children has had a string of setbacks. The first of those was losing her home. Then there was harassment that forced a move. She and her kids had to stay at a shelter.
A promise to help this family fell through, and now they need a boost to stay in their current location. The applicant doesn't want to put her children into another shelter, which...of course she doesn't.
Did you know that Modest Needs helps to fund needs by non-profit organizations in addition to individuals. It's true, and today's Application of the Day will give you a good example as to why.
This non-profit helps to "provide a healthy recovery for abused children and youth and to stop the future behavioral patterns of the abused towards their own and other children." Hard to argue with the good this mission does. But they need a little help getting some of their much-needed programs rolling.
Modest Needs has started a Flickr group, and we want you to join.
What is a Flickr group?, you might ask. Well, Flickr is the most popular photo sharing site on the web, and they allow those who post their photos there to add them to "groups." There might be a "Black & White" group that you send your b&w photos to, or a "Impossible Pets" group where you contribute images of your dog eating out of the trash. Anyone can start one, and guess what--we did!
It's called the Modest Needs group, and the premise is this: It is a place for photographers from all over the world to contribute the photos they produce that in some way illustrate a "modest need."
What is a modest need? That is up to the photographer to decide. Any image you take that in any way exemplifies "modest needs," then we'd love to have you add it. It could be an artful photo of simple food or a snapshot of your puppy. If the pic says "modest need" to you, it's welcome.
This single mother of a 20-month-old with Down Syndrome just overcame an abusive relationship, but moving out of the abuse shelter and into their own place has put a dent in her finances. A broken car is making life difficult for this resilient mom. She writes:
I recently moved myself and my son into our own home from a domestic violence shelter. The same week we moved in the car broke down and my son had surgery. He is 20 months old and has Down Syndrome requiring many doctor's appointments. I also have mental health issues and therapy and medication appointments.
He is the sweetest little guy with a smile like pure sunshine, but I'm unable to take him any where fun without the car, too. He loves the park and the swings, but it is too far away & just TOO HOT in Saint Petersburg, FL to walk him there.