• LIFT 197 – two month Update (8/28/2019) - A family new to the area both recently gained employment and enrolled their child in Blueprints' Early Learning when they learned their tires needed replaced in order to pass inspection. Since mom and dad were both newly employed, they did not have the funds to make this happen. After community members came together to help… Read More
  • LIFT 196 – two month Update (8/15/2019) - A single mom was able to find housing after living in a women's shelter and escaping a domestic violence situation with her daughter. She needed a bed and mattress for her toddler since she has been sharing a bed with mom and has now outgrown the space. People funded this LIFT and she was able… Read More
  • LIFT 194 – three month Update (8/28/2019) - A local family was in need of A Little LIFT to keep their mode of transportation for work and school. Two of the tires were bare and needed replaced in order to be road safe. By donating to this LIFT, this family has been able to keep their source of income and the child has been… Read More
  • LIFT 193 – three month Update (8/13/2019) - This family had just moved into a new home and could not afford the cost of a new stove to cook meals for their three children. With the help of A Little LIFT, community members were able to raise enough money to purchase a stove for the family. Since then, the family has been consistently… Read More
  • LIFT 192 – three month Update (8/15/2019) - A young single mom of two children was in need of tires for her vehicle. The tires were worn completely down and was not safe to drive. Through A Little LIFT, community members donated enough to replace her tires. She is working full-time as well as attending school full-time to get a career in a… Read More
  • LIFT 191 – three month Update (8/15/2019) - A single mom was in need of a restoration fee so she could obtain her license and start working. She will be graduating from her program in September and has a job lined up to start working to provide for herself and her children. She has also been very dedicated to her involvement in several… Read More
  • LIFT 190 – four month Update (8/13/2019) - This single mom of four kids needed a stove for her home. She was attending the Work Ready Program through Blueprints and was pregnant with her 5th child. Since A Little LIFT, people pulled together and was able to provide this growing family with a stove. Her baby boy was born on 7/1 and was… Read More
  • LIFT 189 – four month Update (8/14/2019) - This single mom struggled for a long time trying to get her life on the right track. She has been dedicated to making a better life for her and her daughter and working hard towards self-sufficiency. She has been able to purchase a vehicle, go back to school, get a full-time job and purchase her… Read More
  • LIFT 187 – six month Update (8/13/2019) - This single mom of four children was in need of a new front door. Her current door did not lock and left the family feeling uneasy. All four children attend cyber school so are home throughout the day. By providing this family with A Little LIFT, they were also provided peace of mind. They have… Read More
  • LIFT 182 – four month Update (5/20/2019) - A single mom was in need of a new refrigerator that would close properly in order to maintain the freshness of her groceries so the food wouldn't spoil as quickly. Her fridge was taking a toll on her budget since she was constantly making trips to the supermarket to keep her two children fed. With… Read More
  • LIFT 180 – four month Update (4/8/2019) - A single mom with three young children, two in Blueprints' Head Start, found herself in need of new tires for the winter weather. She was able to afford two new tires herself, but needed A Little LIFT to purchase the other two. The LIFT was funded and she has been able to keep her job… Read More
  • LIFT 176 – four month Update (5/20/2019) - A single mom of three children involved in several of Blueprints' programs, was in need of A Little LIFT to obtain her birth certificate in order to apply for public housing. She was in the process of completing an abstinence program and did not have custody of her children. Today, she has completed her program and… Read More
  • LIFT 174 – four month Update (4/9/2019) - A client of Blueprints' Financial Capabilities Center had been working towards completion of her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) classes and needed A Little LIFT in order to make that dream possible. She needed a set of scrubs in order to complete the program and was unfortunately unable to find them at Blueprints' partner, Dress for… Read More
  • LIFT 168 – four month Update (4/8/2019) - A single mom was in need of some car repairs in order to pass her inspection, make her child's regular doctor appointments at Children's Hospital and take her other child to Blueprints' Head Start. With the repairs costing over $1,000, Blueprints' partnership with Western Area Career & Technology Center, was able to get the repairs done… Read More
  • LIFT 166 – three month Update (4/8/2019) - A local single mom and her children were participating in Blueprints' Truancy Prevention Program and were in need of two twin mattresses for the children. Several people came together to support this family in need and was able to provide them with the mattresses and a much needed peaceful night's sleep. Since A Little LIFT… Read More
  • LIFT 163 – five month Update (4/8/2019) - A family that had worked to move out of low-income housing found themselves in need during the winter months. While they were able to secure new housing, they did not have reliable transportation and oftentimes had to walk their young children over a mile to preschool. Through A Little LIFT, the community came together to… Read More
  • LIFT 162 – five month update (4/9/2019) - A single working mom who was 8 months pregnant with her second child, needed A Little LIFT to get her through the winter months. Two of her tires were worn down so significantly, that wires were showing through the tire. In order to continue working to provide for her family, keep her child's enrollment status… Read More
  • LIFT 161 – four month Update (5/20/2019) - A dad of five children had been searching for a job in a specific field. He was finally able to secure full-time employment in that field with the help of the 2GEN program. The last obstacle to overcome was purchasing business casual attire for his new job, as money had been very tight. Because of… Read More
  • LIFT 159 – five month update (5/20/2019) - A single mom was able to secure employment after graduating from Blueprints' Getting Ahead While Getting Out Program and working with Job Development. Her only issue was the transportation to get to her new job. Through A Little LIFT, the community was able to raise money for bus passes for her first couple weeks of… Read More
  • LIFT 158 – Thank you (12/11/2018) - To Blueprints and all those who donated to help us get our water heater replaced, a heartfelt thank you. You'll never know how much it warms our hearts to know there are people out there who still care. Thank you again. Daniel, Samantha and Lucas Read More
  • LIFT 157 – six month Update (4/9/2019) - A single mom with limited income utilized A Little LIFT to replace two tires on her vehicle and guaranteed her son would continue attending Head Start. This mom also has been able to transport another child to Head Start, ensuring their enrollment position with the program. With the valuable contribution from the community, two children… Read More
  • LIFT 156 – six month Update (4/8/2019) - A working full-time mother of two utilized A Little LIFT to obtain much needed items for her families basic needs, such as pots, pans and beds for her children. Since the successful funding of this LIFT, the children's attendance has greatly improved as has their sleep at night and moods throughout the day. The mother… Read More
  • LIFT 153 – six month Update (4/9/2019) - A local family found themselves in need of new brakes in order to pass their vehicle inspection so they could continue to work, take their children to Head Start and their twin girls to their regular doctors appointments at Children's Hospital. A Little LIFT showed up in a big way to make this possible. Through… Read More
  • LIFT 148 – seven month Update (5/20/2019) - A Blueprints' Early Learning mom needed to purchase baby gates for her son since he was becoming a lot more active and came close to injuring himself in the house. Through A Little LIFT, donors contributed and this mom was able to purchase baby gates and make her home safer for her son. The son… Read More
  • LIFT 146 – seven month Update (5/20/2019) - A single mom of two was in need of bedding for her two children. Since the children's involvement with Blueprints, they have thrived, but mom wanted to provide them with bedding, which she was unable to afford. With the contribution of community members, this family was able to obtain bedding for two kids in needs.… Read More
  • LIFT 142 – quick update (8/28/2018) - Single mom found herself without water service and was in serious jeopardy of losing her housing. Her caseworker suggested A Little LIFT when all other resources were exhausted. Within a day, our community came together and provided for her what she couldn’t. Her water service was turned back on, her crisis was resolved, and the… Read More
  • LIFT 140 – two month Update (11/9/18) (11/9/2018) - A single mom found herself in need of glasses in order to obtain her driver's license and she did not have health insurance coverage. She had recently escaped a domestic violence situation and was trying her hardest to make a new life for herself and her five young boys. Her caseworker had referred her to… Read More
  • LIFT 139 – nine month Update (5/30/2019) - A funded LIFT helped a single mom of three to maintain her employment and keep her children enrolled in daycare. This mom needed A Little LIFT in order to replace the catalytic converter on her vehicle to keep it running. She had escaped a domestic violence situation and needed to keep her job in order… Read More
  • LIFT 126 – two month Update (7/2/2018) - The lack of a driver’s license was a barrier to employment for a single mom of 2. She couldn’t regain her license until she paid a restoration fee. She couldn’t pay her restoration fee because she didn’t have a job… This circular barrier was removed through A Little LIFT. Since her restoration fee has been paid,… Read More
  • LIFT 124 – three month Update (7/2/2018) - Single mom of 4 involved in Blueprints' Work Ready Program needed car fixed to continue her medical assistant program. The LIFT was successful, and her car was repaired - needed brake work. She has completed her program and will begin her externship in July 2018. Gainful employment is right around the corner. Caseworker and client… Read More
  • LIFT 123 – three month Update (7/2/2018) - Funds generated through A Little LIFT paid the second half of this client’s rent at a rehab facility in April 2018; she was able to maintain her placement and maintain sobriety. Since this barrier was removed, she has gained employment, gained full custody of her child, graduated from her recovery group and goes voluntarily once a month. She… Read More
  • LIFT 121 – three month Update (7/2/2018) - Blueprints teamed up with Hearts With Hammers, a volunteer home repair group from St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church in Bethel Park, to repair and improve 5 Blueprints’ clients’ homes. A Little LIFT generated $500 for the materials needed to fix up these 5 homes. New windows and doors, repaired drywall and plumbing, and a ramp and… Read More
  • LIFT 120 – six month Update (7/2/2018) - Large family with three young children were in need of a clothes dryer; they have a steady income, but high utility bills and unexpected car repairs were preventing them from being able to purchase. The laundromat was geographically inconvenient, difficult with 3 young children, and expensive. Hanging clothes all over the house caused chaos. One… Read More
  • LIFT 115 – eight month Update (7/2/2018) - Large family struggling with expenses welcomed child number 7 without the ability to purchase crib and sheets. the LIFT network responded with money and donations to ensure the newborn girl would be well cared for. Caseworker and family very grateful for the outpouring of generosity! stock photography Read More
  • LIFT 113 – eight month Update (7/2/2018) - Krista received furniture (2 end tables, a dresser, a couch, 2 chairs, and a clothes washer.) from the generous donations provided via A Little Lift’s donor network. Thanks to the donations, Krista was able to provide her home with comforts that she was not able to provide for herself and family (a single mother of 1). Krista… Read More
  • LIFT 112 – eight month Update (7/2/2018) - Single mom received donations through A Little LIFT in October of 2017 to keep her gas and electricity on. She’s been able to maintain a safe and comfortable home for her three children. Read More
  • LIFT 110 – nine month Update (7/2/2018) - Single mom with six kids was in need of weatherization for her home. Before she could get that assistance, she needed drywall work done. the LIFT network provided the cost of supplies, the work was done and she was able to access weatherization funds for her home. She now has new doors and windows and… Read More
  • LIFT 108 – nine month Update (7/2/2018) - 3 year old needed dental work that the family could not afford and they do not have dental insurance. Two front teeth needed repaired to ensure proper alignment as her permanent teeth started to emerge. Dr. Geshay in Uniontown fixed her two front teeth and provided a complimentary cleaning and fluoride treatment as well.  Read More
  • LIFT 107 – nine month Update (7/2/2018) - Three year old Early Head Start child was suffering from allergies and chronic congestion that were believed to have been caused by her sleeping on the floor. Donations through A Little LIFT enabled the family to get the child a real bed. Since acquiring the bed, the little girl is no longer showing those problematic symptoms. The… Read More
  • LIFT 105 – nine month Update (7/2/2018) - 3 year old needed a bed in September of 2017; the LIFT network quickly responded. Daughter comfortable at night; mom has successfully completed the Work Ready Program and is being served in Blueprints' Job Development component. She's secured part-time employment and her hours are increasing. The family is able to meet monthly expenses. Caseworker and… Read More
  • LIFT 103 – ten month Update (7/16/2018) - Lawrence was in danger of losing his transportation job because he could not afford proper work attire. He had been reprimanded several times. Donations through the LIFT project enabled him to purchase appropriate work clothes and he's maintained his job through 10 months! This is no longer an issue for him. With additional assistance from… Read More