Success Stories

A mother and daughter are living in a transitional shelter for homeless women and children to escape an abusive family relationship.  The mother has found part-time work as a marketing assistant and has gone back to college full-time to complete her bachelor’s degree in graphic design. A computer is a necessary tool for completing the graphic design assignments.  The daughter is in 10th grade at a local charter school that does not supply computers for their students.  Much of the schoolwork is in the form of e-books and online activity.  Mom and daughter get what they can in terms of computer time at local libraries, but they are required to be back at the shelter by the 11PM curfew.  Small Angels paid for laptop computers for mom and daughter to enhance their ability to improve their situation and gain financial independence and stability.

A struggling mother with an 8-year old daughter and little in the way of resources is between jobs and health insurance when she is caught off guard by an advanced cancer diagnosis.  Mom faces one year of aggressive treatment in an uphill battle to hopefully regain her health and needs to stay on her insurance plan, but she has no way to pay for continued health insurance.  Small Angels paid for one year of her COBRA health insurance payments allowing her to focus on her health challenge and her young daughter.

A man hits 'rock bottom' after losing his job, his home and his relationships due to years of substance abuse.  He turned his life around through programs at a homeless shelter, distinguishing himself through his work and service to others.  Eventually he secured full time employment on their staff but was not able to pursue a management opportunity because of a dental condition resulting from the substance abuse that caused difficulty speaking, chewing and smiling.  He would not be able to effectively work with donors, vendors and the public, and lacked confidence to even try.  Small Angels paid to restore his mouth and his confidence, allowing him to become the manager where he continues to serve others.  

A young boy grew up while his father was in prison.  His mom passed away when he was 10 years old.  With no one to look after him, he ended up with the wrong crowd and got into serious trouble.  After multiple times in Juvenile Detention, he was sent to a facility for troubled youngsters in Orange County.  This facility provided much needed guidance and set the stage for him to attend high school and college, where he distinguished himself.  He is now in his 1st semester of Law School and does not have the funds to buy his books or a laptop computer.  Small Angels purchased the required books and a laptop computer so that he can excel in school and realize his passion to share his story and serve as a mentor, ambassador and leader to foster youth who are struggling to overcome obstacles and pursue their dreams and aspirations.

A six-year old boy was born with an extremely rare congenital heart defect.  He has had 3 open heart surgeries this year alone.  Mental Health Care Professionals said that getting him into therapy would be critical to his emotional health throughout the years that he will be undergoing surgeries.  The condition itself is extraordinarily rare, and the mental health therapy and the 9-weeks of in-home, post op care is not covered by insurance.  His mom, a working single mom, is struggling to pay for all these expenses not covered by insurance.  She is in debt and can borrow no more money.  She has no choice but to severely cutback or eliminate the mental health therapy.  Small Angels has stepped in and paid for the mental health therapy.

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