Stories of Impact
Thursday, April 27, 2023
When a family is living paycheck to paycheck, even one unexpected bill or one day of lost wages can lead to immediate financial insecurity. These periods can result in children experiencing hunger or families being evicted. The Amazon Right Now Needs Fund helps ensure thousands of Bellevue children from low-income households have the support needed to succeed.
Meet Fatima – Fatima is a single mom in Bellevue and is the sole provider for her children. When she came down with COVID-19, she could not work for some time. To try and stay on top of her bills, Fatima reached out to the Family Engagement Specialist at her child’s school. Thanks to the Right Now Needs Fund, Bellevue LifeSpring covered her overdue utility bills, taking this burden off her shoulders and allowing her to focus on getting back on her feet.
Meet Joan – Joan was in the midst of undergoing cancer treatment when her child suddenly needed emergency dental surgery. Bills were piling up, and she wasn’t able to financially make ends meet. Joan was unsure if there would be money left to cover the next month’s rent and purchase groceries. The school district referred her to Bellevue LifeSpring, and thanks to the Right Now Needs Fund, we were able to cover the cost of the emergency dental surgery. We also provided Joan and her child with grocery store food vouchers and clothing gift cards to ensure they had the support they needed to make it through this challenging time.
Meet Ahmad – Ahmad, his wife, and his children are refugees who were relocated to Bellevue. The initial assistance his family received for refugee resettlement has been exhausted. He and his wife were waiting for their social security numbers to come so they could work in the US. Meanwhile, rent and bills were piling up. Thanks to the Right Now Needs Fund, Bellevue LifeSpring was able to cover the utility payments to provide the family with some relief and stability during their transition.
Thank you to our partners at Amazon for their incredible leadership and dedication to supporting Bellevue children and families!
Names have been changed in the “Stories of Impact” section.