The following needs were filled through FISH!

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Posted by:  St. Francis Regional Medical Center

Filled by:  Oxygen Company & Sts. Joachim and Anne Affiliate

77 yo uninsured female and her spouse got COVID and were hospitalized.  They have no insurance, and MAY qualify  for Emergency Medical Assistance, which is a lengthy process, and in the end they might not qualify for that.  Her spouse died unexpectedly today.  She and her family are grieving and in shock, and in order for her to be able to go home today safely as she wishes, she needs oxygen.  It is covered under the Cares Act except for $260 dollars.   A kind soul coworker at the hospital paid for this out of her own pocket.  I would like this coworker to get reimbursed for this act of kindness, because if I had more time and this was during the week, I would have asked for this money for the patient herself through this awesome network!!!  The patient and family will be facing financial hardship due to hospital bills and funeral expenses.  We wanted her to be able to go home today and be with her whole family, so sent her using the coworkers own funds through her credit card.


Posted by:  The Link/Passageways

Filled by:  Anonymous Donation

I have been working with a youth for almost a year and he has resided at our  Passageways Supportive Housing Apartments the entire time.  He came to us with a vehicle and we found that he spent about $15,000 on a lemon.  We had it looked at by three different garages and all stated that it would not be economically feasible to fix all of the issues it had.  We had it towed to a non-profit in Minneapolis that has volunteers work on cars and they stated it was also not feasible to fix it and to scrap it.  This youth lost his job due to COVID and now that he doesn’t have a vehicle, he is unable to search for a new one.  We are hoping that someone has a gently used vehicle they may be willing to donate.  This youth is a hard worker and has been through so much with his physical health and his emotional health since he was a very young child.  Working also helps keep him busy and keeps his mind off of all of his past and current struggles.


Posted by:  Scott County HHS Affiliate

Filled by:  Alpha Women’s Center

A single mom is in need of a car seat/stroller combo as it is difficult to get her newborn son in and out of the convertible car seat. It would also be nicer to be able to take him out of the car in the winter time in a carrier car seat to protect him from the cold and to have a stroller to push him around in when she goes to appointments She was homeless and unable to work during her pregnancy due to health conditions and is now living with family, but finances have continued to be very tight. She also cannot afford prenatal vitamins and would find it very helpful if someone could purchase or provide a gift card to buy them (the doctor recommends that she continue to use them while she breastfeeds).


Posted by:  Scott County HHS Affiliate

Filled by:  Foster Parent and St. Michael’s Catholic Church Affiliate

This need is for a teen who has experienced a lot of loss in her life . She is transitioning into a foster home soon and is in need of a twin size bed, frame, and bedding.


Posted by:  Scott County HHS Affiliate

Filled by:  Scott County Affiliate

A single mother with 4 kids has been homeless since mid 2021 due to COVID. She has recently found a house that would meet their basic needs and provide stability for herself and her children! She has struggled to find a place to rent and is excited to have found a place that will help provide a sense of normalcy for the family. The mother is unemployed and is needing assistance with the rental deposit.


Posted by:  Scott County Public Health Affiliate

Filled by:  Donations from Sts. Joachim and Anne Parish and an Anonymous Donation

An older working adult with chronic health problems has a severe bedbug infestation. This is worsening his health condition, but he has been too embarrassed to ask for assistance. Due to COVID, he has lost work hours thus reducing his income. He is unable to pay for the cost of bedbug treatment to his home. Public Health has gotten a quote from a major pest control company. $1,560 is needed for treatment.


Posted by:  Scott County HHS Affiliate

Filled by:  Next Chapter Technology and a Scott County Affiliate

Adult coloring books, sketchpads, notebooks for drawing, and drawing supplies (markers, colored pencils, regular or sketch pencils).  Fourteen year old male is looking for art supplies to occupy his time and develop his skills. His family is struggling financially to make ends meet. Youth struggles with impulsivity and anxiety and drawing is a huge coping skill for him.


Posted by:  SMSC Affiliate

Filled by:  Homestead Plus LLC

17 year old teenage boy is sleeping at sister’s apartment on the floor as the family was recently placed into an apartment after being homeless for over a year. Looking to get a twin size mattress donated so he can get better night’s sleep and be well rested for school.


Posted by:  Scott County HHS Affiliate

Filled by:  Next Chapter Technology and an Anonymous Donation

I have a client who has three children with disabilities and is working very hard to get stable financially but is in need of a washer and electric dryer.  She is working two jobs and simply cannot afford to purchase on her own.


Posted by:  Scott County HHS Affiliate

Filled by:  St. Francis Regional Medical Center Affilliate

A client is need of $500 deposit fee for an apartment.  This client is a single mother of two, she is currently homeless and is couch hopping and sleeping in the car. This fee would help pay for her deposit and secure an apartment for her to move in with her children.


Posted by:  SMSC Affiliate

Filled by:  Donation from Sts. Joachim and Anne Parish and St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church Affiliate

Single mother of two just bought a home. She’s been getting hit with unexpected costs associated with homeownership and some household repairs. Mortgage company just notified her she has 4 days to make the final interest payment before a new lender is assigned. . Said she fell through the cracks of their notification system, hence the late notice. Unwilling to budge on the due date and has told her she will be reported as delinquent if payment is not made by the 1st. Mother budgets just enough for mortgage and bills to be due each month on the 1st and cannot come up the with $460 interest payment.


Posted by:  CAP Agency Affiliate

Filled by:  Affiliates of St. Michael’s and St. Joachim and Anne Catholic Churches, Affiliate of FISH and an Anonymous Donation

70 year old senior with severe pulmonary health problems, is babysitting grandkids so single mom can go to two full time jobs.  She is asking for help with a new wheel bearing which the mechanic estimates will cost $300.00.  It is a Chevy Equinox.  The single mom has  a truck that is non-functioning and it is unknown what is wrong with that vehicle.  If the grandma can get her vehicle fixed, she will be able to let the daughter use it to continue to work and earn money for the expensive rent she has.  She was forced out of a more affordable unit when the owner decided to sell it in the hot real estate market instead of it being used as a rental unit.  The two grandsons are 12 and 14 and are being  bussed from Waconia to the Shakopee school district.  Mom does not receive child support and also has health impairments of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)  for the last 3 years with frequent injections which are only somewhat helpful.  She is working 80 hours a week to afford her rent and care for her two growing sons.  She has been unable to go to second  job since no Uber or taxis will come to Waconia to give her a ride in Bloomington where second evening job is.  Her supervisor even  offered to pay for the taxis or Uber, since they need her help.  Grandma would like to get her car fixed so she can offer it to her daughter to earn more money to get her truck evaluated to what is wrong with it.  If anyone can contribute this would be so life changing.  Grandma also needs the car to go to her frequent doctor appointments.


Posted by:  SMSC Affiliate

Filled by:  Affiliates of Scott County and FISH

Parents are 2 months behind on the only family vehicle. Parents have been struggling to make ends meet with multiple repairs needed on the vehicle, fallen behind on payments. Can make Oct 1st payment but it still behind from July and September. Family is worried about repossession and credit impact. $600 behind.


Posted by:  CAP Agency Affiliate

Filled by:  St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church Affiliate

This family is new to the country; we helped them with their basic needs. There are nine people in the household, seven are kids. They do not have a TV and cannot afford to buy one. If anyone can help us find this family a TV please connect with me.


Posted by:  CAP Agency Affiliate

Filled by:  Scott County Affiliate

I am working with a single, pregnant mom who currently has 3 other children.  We are working to end her homelessness and are having a difficult time finding housing for her due to an eviction from 2017.  We found an apartment complex that is willing to accept her application if she has the eviction paid off.  Client owes just over $4,000.00, which has been negotiated down to $2,000.  She is working part-time and would like to work full-time, however she struggles to find a daycare that will take her oldest child due to his behavior disorders and currently has to rely on family so she her available hours to work are limited.  With her current part-time hours, she does not have additional funds to pay towards this debt.


Posted by:  Scott County Affiliate

Filled by:  Scott County Employee

Single mother needs two humidifiers.  Mother has a newborn baby and two older children. The two older children are getting frequent bloody noses, so we are requesting a humidifier for each of their rooms (two).


Posted by:  Scott County HHS Affiliate

Filled by:  Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Prague

I am working with a Mom of two small children who is in need of her rental deposit.  This mom has worked really hard to maintain her sobriety and remove herself from a domestically violent relationship.  She has been approved for another apartment and is able to make the monthly rent but needs help with the deposit.  Her deposit is $600 but she has come up with half but needs the other $300.


Posted by:  Scott County HHS Affiliate

Filled by:  Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish

I am working with a young, single mom of a one-year-old who is looking for financial support for child care.  She recently started a new job and has been able to utilize family members for child care.  However, that plan cannot work long-term.  The mom is needing some support while she figures out her budget with her new job, the needs for her one-year-old, and as she adjusts to being a single-parent home.


Posted by:  Scott County HHS Affiliate

Filled by:  Anonymous Donation

A mother is looking for help repairing a rotten window on her trailer home before it gets too cold! She is willing to pay for materials needed, but she needs assistance with the actual repair or replacement of the window. There is a hole currently that she has sealed temporarily, but she would like to see this fixed this fall.


Posted by:  Scott County Community Corrections Affiliate

Filled by:  Faith Lutheran Laptop Refurbishing Program, Forest Lake

I am looking for a lap top computer for my client on probation.  He is trying to build his business and informed me that a lap top computer would be nice to have at some point  to make it easier for him to work. Cory’s passion is building websites and designing clothes.  Corey is on SSI and has some learning and behavioral issues which at times makes him unemployable.  Cory is very talented with web design and is excited to discuss and show his work yet is unable to afford a computer at this time.


Posted by:  FISH Affiliate

Filled by:  Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church Affiliate

A sweet resident of the Prior Manor in Prior Lake is in need of new full size mattress.  She would prefer a mattress that is firm.  This senior resident has had the same mattress for over 10 years and is having difficulty sleeping at night due to the age and lack of support on her current  mattress.  She suffers from chronic back pain, and having a new mattress would give her the ability to rest peacefully and get the sleep she needs.  Because of her limited budget she can not afford to purchase a new mattress on her own.


Posted by:  Scott County HHS Affiliate

Filled by:  Sts. Joachim and Anne Parish and an Anonymous Donation

Family membership for the Shakopee Community Center.  I am working with a 15 year old female through Children’s Mental Health. She has been struggling with being home a lot of the time and has physical limitations, which keep her from participating in most sports. Mom also recently lost her job. Older siblings are also struggling with being home much of the time. A membership for the Shakopee Community Center would allow all family members positive time outside the home. An annual family membership is $856.00, so any help towards this need is greatly appreciated!


Posted by:  Scott County HHS Affiliate

Filled by:  Next Chapter Technology and Shakopee Lions

A single mother of two disabled children who is working two jobs to make ends meet recently had her housing situation turned upside down and they have had to leave their primary residence.  This family has been strapped with a bill from Shakopee Public Utilities for 472.76 which this family cannot afford to pay.


Posted by:  Scott County HHS Affiliate

Filled by:  Anonymous Donation

There is a 12 year old girl who is struggling to attend school consistently and does well when given external motivation.  Currently looking for two $5 gift cards to Amazon, Target, or Walmart that will be given to her in increments as she is able to consistently attend school as rewards for progress and motivation for continued progress.


Posted by:  Scott County HHS Affiliate

Filled by:  Shakopee Community Assistance and River Valley Church Affiliate

Working with a single mom who is due soon with a baby boy. She has been able to get many things for the baby but is still in need of a few items. Items she still needs are: a baby bath with a sling in it, a tummy time mat, a highchair or somewhere to feed baby, bottles, newborn and size 1 diapers and wipes and clothes. Client only has 5 onesies purchased so any clothes or warm footie pajamas that are newborn, 0-3, 3 months and 6 months would be appreciated. Clothing should be Fall/Winter appropriate but mom is open to any color and is good with new or gently used.


Posted by:  CAP Agency Affiliate

Filled by:  Scott County HHS Affiliate

I am working with two homeless individuals and they are in need of a car repair.  They have been told that their alternator needs replacing and have been quoted at ARC (Automotive Repair Center) for $470 for the repair.  They have an appointment set up there but are in need of funds to have the repair happen. One of the individuals has many health struggles resulting in many doctor appointments.  With it getting cooler there is concern about not having a working vehicle to get to these appointments.  They have made other options work during these warmer months but worry about utilizing these in the cold especially with the ongoing health concerns.  It will also allow the individuals to look for housing easier and access other community resources with an ease they have not been able to without a vehicle.



Jeanne Kubes
FISH Program Coordinator


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