St. Robert Bellarmine

Catholic Church

HandUp Success Stories

Below you will find a number of HandUp Success Stories. The goal of our program is to help families based on their individual needs and as you can see from the stories below, our involvment can take many forms. In order to protect the identities of the families, only general information can be provided, however each of these stories involves families that we worked with who took action and were able to improve their living situation. The stories are provided in chronological order of our interaction with the families.

  • March, 2015

    We met a family of 6 that had been living in the American Inn (now called the Welcome Inn) for about 2 years. This family was introduced to us from a lead from a 2014 Holiday dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus. In March of 2015 HandUp helped the move into a 3 bedroom condominium rental in the Blue Springs area. Through the generous donations of St. Robert Bellarmine's parishioners, HandUp was able to fully furnish the condominum. The following quote is what one of our HandUp consultants experienced on the day we helped the family move:

    "The little boy was so dear. I remember the children bolting into the door of their rental. They ran upstairs, ran downstairs, so happy and excited about having their own rooms. The beds in their rooms were all made beautifully. The girls were so joyous. Then downstairs they came and found bananas in a bowl and asked politely if they may have one. I take bananas in a bowl for granted. Then the little boy spun in circles with his arms outstretched and said " I finally have room"!!! Mind you not "a" room but "room" as in space to move after being trapped in a hotel room for far too long".

  • July 2015

    We met a family of 4 at the 2015 Easter holiday dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus at the American Inn (now called the Welcome Inn). In July of 2015 they were able to secure a rental house in the Independence area. Through parishioner donations, we were able to provide them with beds, some furnishings and a much needed washer and dryer.

  • September 2015

    We received a phone call in the summer of 2015 from a single mother who was living with her child at the Welcome Inn in Blue Springs. The mother got our phone number from another Welcome Inn resident who had attended the 2015 Easter holiday dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Our HandUp consultants met with her and were able to determine what monthly rent she could afford based on her income. In September of 2015 she was able to find a one-bedroom rental unit in the Independence area that fit her budget and was able to qualify for the rental. We provided financial assistance with her first month's rent, security deposit and paid an outstanding utility bill so that she could secure the rental. Through parishioner donations, we were also able to provide her with a bed and nearly all of the furniture and furnishings she needed.

  • May 2016

    We met a family of 4 at the December 2015 (Christmas) holiday dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus at the Welcome Inn. After meeting with them a few times over a period of a few months, they were able to secure a rental in Dearborn, MO. We assisted them with a security deposit and through parishioner donations, we were able to provide them with beds and some furniture.

  • June 2016

    We met a family of 3 at the 2016 Easter holiday dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus at the Welcome Inn. After meeting with them, they were able to find a rental in the Belton area and we provided financial assistance with their first months rent to secure the rental. Through the donations from the parish and from the community, we were able to provide them with most of their vital furniture including some furniture items for their 2 year old son.

  • October 2016

  • December 2016

    We met a family of 4 at the December 2016 (Christmas) holiday dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus at the Welcome Inn. After meeting with them, they were able to find a rental in the Buckner area. We provided financial assistance with an outstanding utility bill which allowed them to secure the rental.

  • September 2017

    We met a husband and wife at the September 2017 Dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus at the Welcome Inn. They had already secured an apartment rental in the Kansas City area and were planning on moving later in September but had no furniture except for a couch and a TV. Through donations from families in the parish and in the community, we were able to essentially fully furnish their 3 room apartment.

  • October 2017

    We met a family of 5 at the September 2017 Dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus at the Welcome Inn. The family had a 3 year old and twin 2 year olds. The mother had been on a waiting list for over 3 years to obtain a section 8 voucher which she had had for over 60 days but was unable to secure an apartment due to the cost of the deposit. She was at risk of losing the voucher or at a minimum she might have to go through an additional process to retain it. Once we promised to cover the deposit she was able to find and secure a rental in the Independence area within a few weeks. We paid the deposit and the family was able to take possession of the rental in October of 2017.

  • November 2017

    We met a family of 3 at the April 2017 (Easter) Dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus at the Welcome Inn. They had been living in the hotel for 3 years. After meeting with them regularly for several months, they were able to find a rental in the Independence area. We assisted them with their first month's rent and two security deposits and through donations from families in the parish and the community we provided them with most of their furniture, including a TV.

  • December 2017

    We met a family of 3 at the September 2017 Dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus at the Welcome Inn. They were able to get approved for a rental in the Kansas City area but was unable to get the utilities in their name due to an unexpected 7 year old utility bill that was beyond their means. We made the final payment on the bill and the family was able to secure the rental in December of 2017.

  • December 2017

    We met a family of 6 at the December 2017 (Christmas) Dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus at the Welcome Inn. They had secured a rental house in the Independence area but were unable to get the utilities put in their name and turned on due to an old unpaid utility bill. While most landlords will not let a tenant take possession until they have secured the utilities, the landlord was an individual who had let them actually move into house but then they were in a major bind due to having no water or electricity. We made the final payment on the bill and the family was able to get the utilities turned on and retain the rental.

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