Neediest Cases helps Chattanooga residents maintain financial stability

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / MaRie Robertson works with Raiven Woodruff, 6, as they make a gingerbread house at the Bethlehem Center during an event for Building Stable Lives program participants on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.

Yashika Ward, a case manager for the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, was recently faced with a decision in which it seemed every option had a negative outcome. A client needed a car repair to have transportation to get to work, but spending the money on the repair would leave her unable to pay rent.

"She depends on her car to be able to provide for her household," Ward said of the client, who lives with her 18-year-old daughter and infant grandchild.

Ward turned to the Neediest Cases Fund.

For low-income Chattanooga residents living paycheck to paycheck, unexpected circumstances such as a medical bill, reduction in work hours or necessary car repair can leave them in a situation in which they have to decide between keeping the lights on or paying rent.