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A young couple with a 2-month-old is working through some challenging times. Unfortunately, the husband is trying to find employment and the couple is behind. Their utility bill is past due $300 and is an urgent need. In addition, the couple would like any support with advice regarding issues with their landlord and helping find a sponsorship for husband's citizenship. Help with this request will strengthen this family. Most importantly, having guidance as a young married couple will be significant as well.
This family of six, Mom, daughter aged 16, daughter aged 15, twin sons aged 14, and a daughter aged 5. The family is involved with CPS due to lack of supervision, truancy, and unmet mental health needs of the children. The 14 year old boys have significate behavior issues and have broken at least one window in the home, Mom is scared to get the landlord involved in fixing the window as she doesn't want to be put out. The home is poorly insulated and she has asked the land lord about insulating as she is getting $1000 electric bills monthly but he is unwilling to do anything. One of the twins is currently living in Bedford with his aunt but he was just suspended for 10 days for threatening his teacher, so he may be returning home soon and has no bed to sleep in when he does return. Mom has her hands full and has been very open to guidance to improve things in her family. The oldest girls are attending school more regularly and I am working on getting everyone's mental health needs addressed. Only the oldest daughter has a dressed and none of the children have anywhere to put their clothing.
Location: Lynchburg, VA 24501-County:Lynchburg City-Children Served: 5-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #Lynchburg City DSS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$850
Mom is working on her home to ensure it safe for the children to return to the home. Mom has completed some of the task requested of her but she is in need of beds that are the correct size and not soiled. She is in need of 3 twin beds and mattresses. Two of the beds are for elementary school age girls and they will also need bedding. The other bed is for a teenage girl. Updated on March 23, 2023 by an Agency Worker A deep cleaning would be beneficial for the home as well.
Location: Lynchburg, VA 24502-County:Lynchburg City-Children Served: 5-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #Lynchburg City DSS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$1225
Boonsboro UMC will take the lead and provide the bedding.
Boonsboro United Methodist Church. 1 day ago
Boonsboro UMC will take the lead. If anyone closer would like to work on the relationship or help with the cleaning that would be great. (Or, if you want to fund or provide beds that would also be super helpful! Let's help these girls get back to their mom!
Boonsboro United Methodist Church, Community Lead Church. 1 day ago
I have a beautiful twin bed and mattress along with a night stand for a girl. I need someone to pick it up and take it to the family.
Community Responder. 1 day ago
The Shepherds can take on helping with the deep cleaning
The family is requesting assistance fixing a leak that has caused them to be unable to use the upstairs shower/bathtub. Mom and dad have five children under the age of eighteen in the home and six children total in the home that they care for. Dad works full time at Red Robin. Mom and dad both have extensive mental health needs. Two of the children have learning and physical disabilities. Since the shower has not been functioning, the entire family has had to share one shower. There is concern for the children’s hygiene due to this.
Location: Roanoke, VA 24013-County:Roanoke City-Children Served: 5-Adults Served: 2-Agency: #VA-Roanoke City DSS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$150
This request is for a family in need of a WAL-MART gift card to purchase a phone and a phone card. This phone card is to assist bio family. The parents need a phone to be able to communicate with service providers for appointments. Their son is currently residing with the maternal grandparents. The parents are working through substance abuse and mental health issues at this current time. They utilize the phone to maintain phone contact and video visits when they cannot see him face to face with the grandparents. The phone is essential to the parents for a variety of reasons. They lost their phone on the bus on the way to the appointment and it has not been recovered. The parents have several medical appointments, substance abuse treatment, as well as visitations with their son and a phone is a tool to be able to connect with all entities. Ultimately, the request is for a phone and phone card and the family would be appreciative if this request could be met. It benefits the parents to be able to stay in touch with service providers for their care. It is also emotionally and therapeutically important for their 4 year old son to be able to have adequate contact with his parents.
Location: Roanoke, VA 24013-County:Roanoke City-Children Served: 1-Adults Served: 2-Agency: #VA-Roanoke City DSS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$150
This is a big ask, but I feel it's worth trying for this family. Mom and Dad have been together since they were teenagers, they both grew up in poverty and Mom's mother had Huntington's and has since passed away. They both have some family for support, but it's limited. There are five children a girl aged 13, a boy aged 11, a boy aged 8, a boy aged 7 and a girl aged 2. Dad works full time but does not make enough to pull the family out of poverty and Mom suffers from depression, which is how I believe the situation with the children's teeth got so bad. All five children have rotting teeth, which is why CPS is involved. The middle son's been in constant, severe pain that caused him to have emotional and behavior outbursts at school, eventually leading to him standing on the top of a second floor stairwell railing attempting to jump off to end his life, he has since been expelled from school. The children have been sent to live with family and the family lost their home shortly after and all beds. The middle son currently lives with his paternal grandmother who reported he cried all night because his teeth hurt so badly that she offered to pay out of pocket for his dental care. The children have never had their own beds and have always had to share with each other, and were confused at the idea of having their own beds. Mom and Dad are doing everything they can to reach reunification. They have found a home but it is being cleaned of black mold.
Location: Lynchburg, VA 24501-County:Lynchburg City-Children Served: 5-Adults Served: 2-Agency: #Lynchburg City DSS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$1085
This request is for a single mother who is in need of a VISA gift card to assist with clothes for her three children between the ages of 6-12. She is currently doubled up staying with a friend while seeking housing. She is currently looking for employment and has been on several interviews. She is working with the Department to obtain daycare for her children so she can work and attend her medical appointments. Since she has had to move around several times due to unforeseen circumstances the children have been unable to take all of their belongings. Any donations towards this request would be greatly appreciated.
Location: Roanoke, VA 24016-County:Roanoke City-Children Served: 3-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #VA-Roanoke City DSS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$300
This family consists of a mother and her two sons, ages two and ten, as well as a stepfather. This family is in need of big support at this time. The family has no insurance, and the ten-year-old son has never seen a doctor or dentist. The child recently saw a dentist through the school and found out that he has ten abscessed teeth and needs a lot of dental work done. The child went to the dentist to estimate the work needed and the total cost is $6697, not including the two root canals he will have to be referred out to get. He will need seven fillings, two extractions, and two crowns following the root canals. Due to the family not having insurance any and all help would be very beneficial to them. The child is having a very hard time sleeping and now talking due to the pain in his mouth. Since this is such a big request we understand that assistance can come from multiple sources.
Location: Roanoke, VA 24012-County:Roanoke City-Children Served: 1-Agency: #VA-Roanoke City DSS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$6697
I have been working with a family for over a year that includes 3 children, ages 13, 4, and 3 and a single Mom. One of the mother's major requirements that must be completed before the children are returned home was for her to clean her house and ensure that it is safe and livable for all of her children. Mom has cleaned the house tremendously, but had to throw away a great deal of the things that were in the home due to their poor condition. I am attempting to find items that can be donated so that the financial burden on Mom is reduced.
Location: Nathalie, VA 24577-County:Halifax-Children Served: 3-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #Halifax County DSS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$2510
Mother and her three children recently relocated to Lynchburg VA in January 2023. Mother was escaping a domestically Violent relationship from Maryland. When the mother left, she was unable to take any belongings of hers or her children's. The children currently do not have clothing for themselves to be able to attend school. Thankfully, a friend of the mother's was able to take them in so they have been staying with her; however, the two boys are sleeping on air mattresses on the floor and do not even have their own private bedroom. One is sleeping in a dining room and another in the living room. The girl is sharing a room with her mother. There is so much bravery that this mother had to have to be able to relocate and keep her children safe, even if that meant sacrificing all she and her children had. The children are 10-female, 12-male, and 15-male.
Location: Lynchburg, VA 24504-County:Lynchburg City-Children Served: 3-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #Lynchburg City DSS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$560
I am working with a family that has been working with the Department for several years. This family has a history of substance abuse and domestic violence. Currently, the mother and father are involved in several services to maintain sobriety and develop positive relationship skills. The mother's cell phone is no longer working effectively - this makes it difficult to communicate with service providers and with the Department. I am hoping to help her get a new phone to assist with this communication. There are several available at Walmart at various prices - the average price was around $80. Additionally, phone cards come in a range of prices.
This mother is also in search of spiritual connection and community, so she would be very open to forming a relationship with the helping church.
Location: Vinton, VA 24179-County:Bedford-Children Served: 3-Adults Served: 2-Agency: #VA-Bedford County DSS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$110
This request is to assist a single mother with her three biological children. We currently provide behavior intervention support and preventative services for one of the children who is diagnosed with a developmental delay. The mother reported that she is struggling financially due to job loss. The family is currently without power due to recent financial instability. We are seeking assistance with making a payment to turn the power on. Upon this need being met the family will be able to have a grace period while the caregiver continues the process of seeking employment.
This request is to assist a single mother with her three biological children. We currently provide behavior intervention support and preventative services for one of the children who is diagnosed with a developmental delay. The mother reported that she is struggling financially. We are seeking assistance with acquiring clothing for her three children. The family is in need for assistance with getting spring/summer clothing for 3 children (Female: 4-years-old; size 6/6x, Female: 5-years-old; size 6/6x, and Male: 10-years-old; size 14/16). The family will have access to spring/summer clothing.
I am currently serving a kinship caregiver caring for her two cousins ages 10 and 14. She was served by CarePortal about 2 years ago, and she is in need of some additional support and connection at this time. Due to her disability and the chronic pain that comes with it, she has been unable to work as much as she would like to. Also, in the last month, she has had to miss a significant amount of work due to her kids being sick.
This caregiver recently discovered a portion of unpaid property taxes when she thought she had paid them all. Because of the remaining balance, a stop has been put on her license. This means that she will be unable to renew her registration this month, and if she were to drive, her car could be towed. She would really appreciate someone who could cover the cost of the taxes, so that the family will have transportation.
Secondly, due to her disability causing her so much pain, housekeeping has been a challenge. Assistance with cleaning around the home would help ease that burden and keep a clean environment for the family. The home is a small, single-wide unit. However, since this is an ongoing need, if someone is willing to build a relationship with her and come on regular cadence to meet this tangible need, this caregiver would appreciate that connection. This could be ideal for a women's group to serve together!
Thank you so much for choosing to bless this family!
Please consider donating a couch to a single mother of two, who has recently left a violent domestic relationship. The mother is a very hard-working woman, however, is unable to afford a couch for her small living room. A couch donation would help this mother and children feel more at-home in their new living arrangement, away from further domestic abuse.
Location: Roanoke, VA 24014-County:Roanoke-Children Served: 2-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #VA-Roanoke City DSS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$450
A foster family is needing a crib for an infant that has been placed in their home. If this need is met, foster mom will be able to ensure safe sleep for this baby, he is getting too big to sleep in the playpen and is having concerns if this sleeping arrangement is comfortable for him at this time. This baby is needing a comfortable sleeping arrangement and enough space to growing.
Location: Lynchburg, VA 24504-County:Lynchburg City-Children Served: 1-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #Lynchburg City DSS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$230
A kinship family that I am currently working with is in need of financial support to ensure that the kid in their home is able to make it back and forth to schedule family visitations. The kinship family is currently residing in Richmond Virginia and have not been able to consistently make scheduled family visits that are occurring in Lynchburg VA. Lynchburg DSS have adjusted the schedule to accommodate with the amount of travel time for the kinship family. The kinship provider has made an arrangement with another family member that is willing to ensure that this kid is able to make bi-weekly visits. This family member will be traveling from Lynchburg to Richmond to ensure that this kid is able to make bi-weekly visits but will be in need of some financial assistance. If this need is met then it will help secure the kinship placement, currently this kid could lose this placement if he is unable to make bi-weekly visits in order to move towards reunification with his mother, father, and siblings. This placement is very important to this kid because he is receiving educational support that has allowed him to catch up and pass on to the next grade, he is also involved in karate, which is something he really enjoys.
Location: Lynchburg, VA 24504-County:Campbell-Children Served: 1-Adults Served: 2-Agency: #Lynchburg City DSS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$300
The family is seeking connection and support from a local church. The couple took in their 5 grandsons and they are needing help with new car seats for the 3 youngest children. The boys are outgrowing their current carseats and they are soon to be out of date.The couple has also adopted another granddaughter and have a disabled daughter living in the home with them as well. The grandmother is working at the post office but was injured and her income was cut in half. The grandfather is a farmer, but business has been very slow lately.
The children needing assistance include:
1 male (age 4)
1 male (age 4)
1 male (age 3)
Location: Forest, VA 24551-County:Bedford-Children Served: 5-Adults Served: 2-Agency: #VA-Bedford County DSS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$390
The children were placed in the care of their paternal aunt. The aunt is in need of assistance of clothing for the children. The aunt resides in Chesapeake so a gift card is being requested so that she can purchase needed items for the children to include clothes, and underclothes.
Location: Roanoke, VA 24014-County:Roanoke-Children Served: 3-Adults Served: 2-Agency: #VA-Roanoke City DSS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$200
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