Oh my gosh! I did NOT mean to leave this alone for as long as I did! Some issues have cropped up that have prevented me from doing the video thing (namely not having the same schedule as Sandy and the laptop my webcam is on being on the fritz atm).
But I wanted to drop in a note. We are still adjusting to the very small town atmosphere that the city we moved to has. It's strange being back in a small city after having spent 8 years in very large ones.
Regardless of all that, I DO have pictures from the day after I arrived (I moved in a few days after Sandra did). So be aware the apartment was an utter wreck. We hadn't figured out where everything was going, hadn't unpacked anything or moved any furniture out of where it was the first day. So I apologize for the understandable mess!
Also, I sent out thank you e-mails shortly after we moved. If you HAVEN'T received your e-mail with discount coupon codes in it, PLEASE let me know and I will be more than happy to re-send them to either the same or a separate e-mail.
And of course, the Etsy shop is still open, with 29 and counting different items to choose from. Thank you again so much for all your help.
(another post will follow with more pictures)
We have officially moved into the new apartment. There are boxes everywhere and we're still trying to find everything, but we DO have a new apartment.
Pictures, video and more will be coming soon.
AMAZING news! We just signed our lease and got the keys for our brand new apartment! The inside is fully renovated, brand new island counter top, new fixtures and appliances (other than the stove not working atm for some reason).
So we have a place to move to! We just have to find people who can help us get from point A to point B
We made it! Video of the move as well as the thank you video will be made in the next few weeks as well as the thank you e-mails will be sent out.
If you have donated and are looking for your discount code for Etsy - please contact me through the contact button up in the right hand corner under my picture and I'll get those sent out ASAP!
We still have about 1,000 to go to reach our ultimate goal, and anyone who still wishes to donate is encouraged to do so.
Thank you all SO much!
Regardless of what happens with apartments, we will be moving sometime during the 28th - 30th. We need people to help us move. People with trucks, or that are willing to drive a Uhaul and help with heavy lifting that are willing to travel with us from point A to point B (if that be apartment or storage unit) and get everything moved in. I'm willing to provide food and refreshments to anyone that shows up.
We desperately need to know who is available during those three days and on which days - if you have a truck or if you're willing to drive a uhaul - and we need to know ASAP. I will continue posting this status through the week until we have solid plans. Hopefully we'll know soon exactly when we can move our things.
After having a perfect apartment rented out from under us, we're back on the search again with 11 days left before doomsday...
The last two days have been amazing! Thank you all so much! We broke over 50% of our goal and still going strong. The response has been amazing. Hopefully we'll have good news soon on several fronts.
Unfortunately at the moment we have $540 that has gone missing due to a hopefully mechanical error in an ATM. Money was not deposited into the account, nor was the cash returned from the ATM. Unfortunately I can't contact the bank until Monday as they're closed all weekend and the deposit was made after they closed. Hopefully it's been a mechanical error and the money is recoverable.
In other news - the holidays are fast approaching! Check out my Etsy shop (and feel free to suggest patterns or things you'd like to see! ) and get those orders in early so you'll get them in time!
Again, thank you all so much for your support. It has been overwhelming today to watch so many people choose to help us and decide that our situation is wholly unacceptable. Thank you.
Also - any money we receive over our 'absolutely needed' amount will be going to those small extras - replacing a microwave that is on it's very last leg, getting Sandra new clothes that she can fit into properly, allowing us to afford bus passes as we search for apartments and possibly need to move outside of the city. Every bit is important and we thank you so much for choosing to help us and support us through this difficult time - so that in the future, we may pay it forward to others that need it.
To everyone who has outpoured their support and help - THANK YOU SO MUCH! I truly have run out of words...which is a really hard thing for me to do.
To clarify - the thank you notes I have sent out to thank you for your donation are not the same as the ones I will be sending out when we get moved.
If you have donated at a level that offers a discount on my Etsy and want to take advantage of that - please, please use the 'contact seller' button and let me know BEFORE you order and I will send you a code and unlock the discounts! You'll have to give me a name so I can cross reference all the information - but I want to make sure you're taken care of.
Thank you again. Keep this rolling, spread the word. And thank you...from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you.
We've officially put in our 20 day notice. It's completely nerve wracking and I'm still worried it won't get to the right people. But I know the on site manager has a copy for now.
In about a half hour we should know from our ideal complex if they have an opening. IF they do we'll be headed down to put in applications with them or another complex this afternoon or later this week.
Every bit you donate helps right now. We are truly down to the wire. We have 20 days to be GONE from this place. 20 days to get approval and be 100% moved. Keep spreading our story. Share the link where ever you can. It's really convenient to share on Facebook and on Twitter.
Now more than ever, we truly need your help.
On Friday we got a combined $200 electric bill. We're trying to work with the company who has been estimating our bill for 4 months due to inability to access the meters. It's back down to a normal level, but doesn't explain the "˜estimated' amounts (around $100-$150 extra) that we've paid over the past 4 months.
This is a huge problem and puts a huge dent in everything. We're trying so hard. We've got to move. This isn't an option. We cant' delay or wait another month. We have to do this NOW.
Our donation meter hasn't budged"¦and we move in 3 weeks or less. Please"¦I'm begging. Find it in your hearts to help us be heard. Help us get help. We don't have enough reach on our own. We can't do this on our own and are begging for help.
Brief update. 20 day notice goes in on Tuesday. We're still waiting to hear from the apartment complexes we're looking at if they have an opening.
Don't forget the Etsy shop ( http://www.etsy.com/shop/WovenWhimsyCCC
) is open and up and running. If you don't see something you want, please let me know, I may not have gotten some newer items up yet.
Down to about 11 days before we have to start putting in deposits and first month's rent and we still have barely over $1300 on hand at the moment.
Halloween is our biggest holiday of the year. This move comes just before our preparations for the holiday usually begin. For us it's much like people celebrating Christmas. We exchange gifts, watch movie marathons, take the day off from work when employed, have special meals. It's a big deal for us.
Please give us our Halloween wish and help us get a new, safer, more secure home.
As of today"¦we have about $1300 to move with - not including any bills or emergencies we have left to pay for this month.
Assuming we find a place that requires only a first month's rent and a deposit equal to a month's rent - we're looking at about $1600"¦this doesn't include any fees to start or transfer electricity, phone service, water/sewer/garbage. It doesn't include money for a uhaul or paying people to help us out. We can't even contemplate a moving company because that would be another $200-500 right there.
We honestly and truly have nothing more. We are researching every outlet and being turned down again and again and again because we don't fit one or more criteria of having children, having a current eviction notice OR - get this - we don't make enough to warrant getting help!
We are begging for help. I have given everything I can and am right now in the process of trying to get the help I desperately need to deal with some serious physical and mental injuries and damage that I've been dealing with - some for over 20 years.
We NEED your help. We have to move out this month. Our landlords are beyond toxic and keep adding fees to everything and refusing (regardless of legal responsibility that sadly no one polices) to prove the need for those fees. To do that, we NEED to have no less than $2000. Preferably $2500 or more.
If we get applications approved, we will likely have to put in deposits in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS. Please understand this. We have two weeks to get enough money to move out of this situation"¦or we end up on the streets"¦again.
And do NOT tell me that it would be fine because there are resources. They are not good resources. We've been there before. It's horrible, it's terrifying, it's constantly worrying if you'll get enough to eat, or have something you own stolen, or get to watch donations and food stolen by the shelter workers. You still have to worry if you'll be able to qualify for this or that or if you'll be sleeping on the streets. It's starting to rain again here"¦and at the end of this month, it's going to likely start to get cold. And wet + cold = dead on the streets.
I'm scared and I'm fraying at the edges. I know I'm close to breaking and we are still being overlooked for "˜prettier' causes (like cats, or trips or laptops or hamsters or"¦you get the idea) or ones that literally look like a mental breakdown on the screen.
Give me a few more days"¦I might be able to make incoherent sense"¦until then, please stop ignoring us because you've seen this 100 times, or don't care.
Coming up on the end of the month and we're contacting several apartment complexes in Federal Way right now as it seems to be the only area within our budget. It puts us over 2 hours away from Sandra's therapy, and just about 2 hours away from downtown Seattle, but we'll take what we can get.
Our problem now is that we're having to spend $1000 of what we had saved for our 'nest egg' and moving to stay in our current apartment through September due to a legal hiccup with our lease.
Please donate whatever you can. We have 'reward levels' now so we can give back a little to those who are helping us out. We do appreciate it.
Don't forget that Rowen now has an active, running Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/WovenWhimsyCCC
as well. If you donate, you can get discount codes for holiday purchases too.
Thank you once again.
We're up by $100 - we really need at -least- $900 more by the middle of next month. Please continue to spread the word. Share this on Facebook or whatever you can do.
Today we had our landlord knock on our door and demand our signed lease and was completely rude about it and we had to explicitly state that we want to go month to month - which jumps our rent from $835 to $980 after fees and whatnot. We are hoping to only be here this one month to get the rest of our things together and find somewhere to move to.
Don't forget that I now have an Etsy shop open! Please take a look, I'm hoping to update it in the next few days with more designs and options.
Check it out! If you donate here, you can get discounts - a great thing for the holidays that are upcoming too.
I've added reward levels to backing - up to a 25% off coupon on my Etsy shop, thank you e-mails once the campaign is complete and a thank you video.
If we manage to get funded before September 30th, I will make a video of the old apartment and new apartment with pictures of the move.
Due to legal issues pertaining to our lease and issues finding a place before the 10th of the month, we are unable to move at the end of this month as we would like. This puts us out about $1000 for 'new and improved' rent rates, which also leaves us with no safety net once we move.
We right now have a total of $1500 in our bank account to help us move. That's it. That will barely cover first and deposit should we find a place that only has a first and deposit policy.
Please, please - we are now being forced to stay here yet ANOTHER month because of the sheer expense of trying to move and lack of apartments in our price range in our area. We have extended our search to almost a county away just to find something our range - this puts us out money and time.
I realize this campaign has been going on a long time, but this situation hasn't changed, and has been repeatedly extended due to landlords, money, time and other issues.
We NEED no less than $1000 before the 10th of September. Dig deep and pitch in. Please.
Another update. Seattle is.. simply too expensive and we've started looking at other cities now that we've been informed it's an option. We thought we had to stay within Seattle city limits to continue getting Sandra the care she needs. After almost three months of talking to her therapist about this - she's finally been informed that we can go anywhere within King county AND that there are housing counselors there we can talk to.
Kent is promising, but it means an extremely long trip for the sibling to get to and from therapy. Up to or more than 2 hours each way depending on where we end up. With the therapy and waiting for buses - this would equal about a six hour round trip just for one thing.
We still haven't found a place yet though. I don't even know how this is going to work. We're trying to find some place to help us with rent to get through another month here just so we can get everything together once we DO find a place.
We've raised a grand total of only $620 from this campaign over...almost three months now. Obstacles keep being placed in our way and we are still floundering. Looking for a place is a job in and of itself. There are no less than 10 websites I can go through to try and find apartments and they all give conflicting information.
Please...anything you can give helps. Please send the link for this campaign to friends, family, co-workers. Share it on facebook, on twitter or other social media.
Thank you to those who have donated, you've helped keep us afloat, and I'm sorry that this has been so drawn out.
Please, we're over $3300.00 below our goal...that's a lot...and this money really is needed.
We're down to just under two weeks before we have to give notice on the apartment. We're going to be putting together a virtual garage sale via craigslist and Facebook probably to get rid of some things that we don't need to cut down some excess before moving. Mostly it will consist of DVD's and books and a few other things.
We're looking at a few more apartments that I will be contacting on Monday, some of them are newer, yet affordable (ish) buildings. Hopefully we get quick answers!
For those who have tumblr, I have one set aside specifically for my crochet creations finally! A great way to help us out without having to worry about just giving someone money if it's a concern. Find it at wovenwhimsy.tumblr.com ! I'll be uploading a bunch of new pictures over the next few days hopefully. My most recent projects have been owls and an attempt at a platypus!
Well, the apartment we were looking at fell through. After repeated attempts to contact the leasing agent and the company that was leasing it - no one ever contacted us back. We're back at square one.
Our landlords have backed off and given us til September before raising our rent, but that still only gives us 22 days to find another place and get out of here.
Please, this is our last big push. We've gotten the landlords to back down as far as we can, I don't think they're going to budge more. We have only $555...out of the $4000 we need for all moving costs - mainly first and last month's rent (as is common in our area) and deposit. Not to mention a moving company as well.
I'm sure a lot of people are thinking 'well, you already have $500! What do you need another $3500 for?!'. Here's the thing, where I live, the average rent is around $850 for a ONE bedroom apartment. We've found a few places that charge the same for a 2 bedroom apartment, but they REQUIRE a first month, last month and deposit to get into the place. Usually deposit is equal to one month's rent. That's $2550 bare minimum. A moving company costs another $250 - 400, and deposits on utilities and so on are unknown. The extra buffer zone of around $500 is for unknowns that may pop up.
Please, I know it seems like a lot of money, but it really isn't. If a bunch of people chip in, we can do this! We just...haven't had a bunch of people chip in. Please, if you can, I am begging you. This is a good cause - this is keeping people off the streets and in a place that is safe and stable, something we very much need.
It's been almost a month since we've had any major donations. In the past 25 days we've had one single donation. We're down to the wire on time and money and we've sat at just under 14% for almost a month. It's beyond frustrating, especially when as many people as there are days in a year have visited this campaign.
Things have once again gone into a weird limbo around here lately. The only thing that's really going on is that both of us have suddenly attacked crafting with a passion. Sandra with perler beads and jewelry and I myself have taught myself how to make amigurumi animals through crocheting (which I'm teaching myself at the same time). At least we're enjoying ourselves, and may even be able to sell our finished product to help out.
Followers and those that have contributed before. We have found an apartment that we're interested in! Both of us agree that we like both the apartment and the area. While we have yet to go talk to the landlords or see the apartment itself, this is a big step forward.
Even better, we may even have some people who would be willing to help us move so we don't have to hire a moving company - which would save us a good deal of money right there.
The downside to this is we have a month until our lease is up. To move into this apartment we need about $2000 - $2500. Less than we initially thought, but we need it in 30 days.
Please, if you can help us out, now's the time to do it. We are truly in crunch time. Please spread the word, donate what you can and help us get to a cheaper and safer environment.
TL;DR - Short Version
We're in trouble. We need help. Rent is due in 8 days. Lease is up in 39 days. Rent is set to go up to almost $900. We can't afford it and are trying to get out. We need to give 30 days notice to move out, or pay an extra $160 a month for a month to month lease. We have raised only 13.5% of our campaign. We desperately need to get out of our situation and into a healthier, cheaper and safer one.
Want more details? - Long Version
I know my friends must be sick of seeing this picture and hearing about this campaign. I'm sorry, but my situation remains unchanged. I still need help. To those who have liked and signal boosted - Thank You! However...in the last month - three hundred people have visited the campaign - less than 20 have done anything, and most of them I know somehow.
I know the world doesn't owe me anything. But it gets frustrating when I see posts very similar to this one cross my news feed every day. I know there are people out there who care and want to help. I'm not reaching them. It's...depressing.
Let's rehash the situation real quick. Rent for July is due in 8 days. Just over a week. In 39 days, our lease is up. This campaign exists to get us OUT of this apartment complex. We can't afford to stick around and have our rent raised another $60 or more a month. We can't afford $900 on a fixed income and a sporadic income.
And it's not as simple as just going to get a job. I'm so sick of hearing 'why don't you just get another job?'. I've been trying. Hundreds of applications in just two months, and nothing.
I am doing all I can to keep us stable and safe. Because this is about far more than a house - it's about safety. Being homeless, or in a place that bullies and refuses to make repairs and worse is not safe, secure or happy. We've been where we are for three years because we've had no ability to move. And our 'loyalty' is not rewarded in the least. Now we may have very little choice, but we're stuck.
Right now I'm in the middle of teaching myself marketable skills - knitting and crocheting. I don't have money for classes so I'm having to learn by trial and error. Books and online videos. But I enjoy it, and I can make things that other people want and appreciate. I'm doing commissions as well. Few people have entertained the idea so far.
In short, we're in a dire situation that we're trying desperately to get out of, but are getting no traction. We've tried selling things on e-bay and craigslist. I offer writing commissions, my sibling is trying to sell jewelry.
You can spread our story on facebook - tell your friends or family, share the story at the office and create a pool if you want. But please"¦help us.
There really aren't any updates - but I wanted to share more pictures of us and let people see who this campaign helps.
At one of my last jobs in 2011
Third party temoved - of us in 2010
Sandra from a photo shoot in 2010
Keeping regular updates here is difficult as so little changes. We've had some generous donations - but we still are just barely over 10% of what we need, and we're really down to crunch time. If we're going to move, we will need to be signing paperwork for a new apartment next month, but at this point - we have no way to do that. Deposits are expensive, and it's going to be difficult enough explaining our income situation as it is.
When I went back to school, I never thought about the fact that getting an AA would be a -hindrance- to getting a job. But that, mixed with some now rather large gaps in employment due to situation, economy and more - has made things difficult. I don't know what else to do to my resume to make it look more appealing to employers, and I'm running out of things I have experience in! Since January I've probably put in over 300 resumes to jobs in every industry I can think of. Clerical, food, retail, manufacturing, hotels, tourist attractions. And of course jobs never have to tell you why they turn you down. And it's always the same excuse 'we've decided on someone else'...even in situations where they all but were talking about hiring me and looking forward to working with me. I'm not sure what exactly happens between an enthusiastic, positive interview and a rejection letter...but it's exhausting.
In the meantime I'm teaching myself skills that I can market to a slightly different audience, and continuing with my writing. It just isn't enough yet. This campaign is the meeting point between what I can and am doing and what needs to happen.
We appreciate everyone that's donated - and ask that you please, PLEASE spread the word. The more people that are involved, the more we can do with this.
I figured it was time for another update. The only thing is, almost nothing has changed.
We're still sitting at $250. We've had 214 unique visitors and so far eight people have pitched in. And it's frustrating. I'm doing all I can. Today has not been a good day as most of it has been trying to keep my emotional state calm enough to continue working on things I need to so we continue having a home and a safe place to be.
The electric bill finally arrived. Looking over the bill, their 'estimation' is extremely high. All of our bills over the past year have been lower than the same bill the previous year. This bill was estimated at almost a tenth more than last year's even though we've used the electricity less. This is because apparently the city either didn't send someone out to read our meter, or they skipped ours. Regardless, it showed up and was - as I thought - the 'worst case scenario' of $150. Not good.
A friend gave me some money to buy interview clothes the other day, so I now am able to look more professional for any interviews I get, and replace a few items that were worn out. Thank you.
Please spread the word, share it with your friends if you can't pitch in. The site requires a minimum of $5 - I can't help that, and I'm sorry. But still, if everyone that had visited was able to pitch in or had spread the word, we'd have a quarter of our goal already.
To those that have helped, donated in some way - thank you so much. We appreciate it. Please continue to share this campaign, and may you be truly blessed in the year to come.
With some very clever wiggling of money and timing of when our rent was put in - we've managed to pay the rent for June. However, it leaves us almost back at the zero mark all over again. We're now only at $250 out of the $4000 that we need.
For a couple of days I was almost sure I was about to get a part time job, as I knew my interviewer and she seemed very excited to see me and offer me the job. Last night she informed me that - like everything else I've applied for, dressed up for, been myself for, been someone else for, jumped through every hoop for - they'd chosen someone else for the position, and I'm at square one again in job hunting again.
I don't know what else to do. I am at the end of my rope. That is why this campaign exists. It is a last, desperate plea for help.
On top of this, my family in Oklahoma has now been hit or nearly missed by several tornadoes, half the house is missing and there is worry and stress there as well, and I have nothing I can do to help them either. While they're safe for now, what's left of the house might be a loss to the point where they have to move entirely. It has not been a good few weeks.
Please, spread the word, chip in if you can. I know that the site requires a minimum donation of $5 - but that's about what people pay for their daily coffee or latte.
We're headed towards our third week of our campaign, and have raised just under 6% of our goal. We're six days away from this month's rent being due, and now our electricity bill has gone AWOL, and we've been told that for some reason they didn't come out to check on it and they're going to give us an estimated total - but they told us that almost a week ago. I have to call them on Tuesday for an update, because that bill is due at the end of the month too, and we don't even have it yet.
Despite putting in applications, I haven't had an interview in over a week. One of the last places I went to actively complained that I wasn't dressed up enough for a job that has a dress code of jeans and t-shirts. I couldn't stand to tell them that I can't afford anything else, but that I came in the absolute nicest that I own.
On top of all that, earlier this week tornadoes tore through my parents' neighborhood, and they're now without a house until the roof and interior can be replaced. The frame of the house was intact last time I was able to contact them, but I haven't heard back from them since.
Our hearts go out to those that have lost so much. That area of housing had been standing for almost 30 years, untouched by all that time, and now most of it is nothing but rubble. I'm so glad my parents were able to get out of the house or weren't home when it happened...
Sandra's birthday was Saturday, and it's hard knowing that I can't get her presents this year because it's either presents or saving for rent in twelve days.
We've raised thirty five dollars so far, and while we thank every person that's donated, it's frustrating coming to the site to see that 100 people have visited and only 3 believe that we're worth helping.
We have twelve days until rent is due, please - chip in $5.00 if you can, it's barely more than the price of a latte. Spread the word if you can't. Thank you
My name is Rowen, I'm 28 years old
and I live in Seattle with my 32 year old, disabled sister, Sandra. And we're in serious trouble.
It's really hard, asking for help. I'm used to
clawing my way through anything and toughing out everything on my own. Usually, this means tightening my belt. But recently it's meant putting off bills until they have to be paid or risk getting shut off, not replacing threadbare clothes and not
getting medication and other help that's needed.
Sandra suffers from severe social
anxiety, depression, PTSD...etc. She's currently on disability - a fixed, and very low income. After her portion of the bills and
medication, there's nothing left.
I'm desperately looking for a job, and
while I've had a few seasonal jobs since I graduated, they don't last or pay enough to pay bills, let alone save. I'm getting very small amounts from writing and crochet amigurumi sales, but it's nowhere near enough to pay my half of the bills.
At this rate we'll likely end up on the streets this winter.
Our landlords aren't forgiving. It's a
place we want to get out of, but without the money to pay for a deposit "“
we can't move to a cheaper place. The landlords have raised our rent by almost $130 a month, and it's far more than we can afford. We desperately need to find a safe place for both of us, that we can afford.
We need your help. Please.
This situation is desperate. We HAVE to put in a 20 day notice by the 10th of September. Because of a loophole in our lease, we had to stay an extra month or pay a lot more in the long run. We're now down $1000 of what we'd managed to save back. It means we're almost $1500 short of what we need.
There's an Etsy store if you would like to buy my crochet amigurumi creations well as donating. http://www.etsy.com/shop/WovenWhimsyCCC
This is where I'm offering discounts for the different reward levels.
We've got nothing to offer right now. We're selling off stuff just to try and make ends meet. Offering the discount on Etsy almost negates any profit - but I don't have anything else to offer.
The reward levels are only suggestions - you can donate any amount you want! Please, please help us.
If you want, you can even donate through paypal! The address there is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you truly can't help right now "“ please spread the
word however you can "“ facebook, twitter, other websites,
friends at work. Everything you do to
help is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.