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Updated posted by Ruth M. Caspary 4 months ago
First of all a big Thank you to Naree! Your continuing contribution still makes a difference!
We are still under 3 months behind on our mortgage and are in the process of getting stabilized via my 2 other jobs. There is still more to do to get 100% on track. We are hanging in there.
December is typically a really dry time financially in the dance business. Please consider coming to our last classes, workshops and events to help support us during this phase. Go to our website to see what's just ahead for the end of 2013! www.salsawithjuan.com
Juan and I hope you will join us soon!
Looking back on this grand fundraising effort that we all participated in, I can't say that I would have ever imagined such an outpouring of money, time, effort and thought going towards us. Juan and I are so very very grateful to all the contributors and all our friends and family who could not donate directly but kept us in their prayers. We are ever mindful of all of you and continue to pray for our community to keep growing and enjoying dancing and all life has to offer. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
Updated posted by Ruth M. Caspary 7 months ago
Hello Friends and Supporters,
It has been way too long since I wrote an update for you. My sincerest apologies.
After the push to take care of our house and so many wonderful people donated and helped I was literally exhausted. I think the stress finally got to me. Shortly after that, Juan and I were obligated to teach for the Alaska Salsa cruise (again, we don't get paid, we get our trip and transportation paid for only). We were the only teachers and worked our butts off to keep everyone happy and having fun and busy with dancing! It was a great trip but I just have not gotten my full energy back.
In addition, I started my two part-time jobs to help ensure we have a regular paycheck that will cover the mortgage. I am working for the City of Oakland teaching computer art to kids both 8-11 and middle school. Also I am teaching adults Salsa and Bachata (on Friday nights @ 6:30pm @ Studio One in Oakland). I have never taught kids so this is a whole new experience and so far it's been OK!
My other job is working with a student, Therese Lahaie, who is an artist dealing with LED lighting technology. She gives seminars to architechs, engineers and designers and I am her new Administrative Assistant. It's been going well and I am getting faster at knowing all the tasks. I hope to help her with more marketing soon. I am very grateful to her for the job!
Our renter has not fully committed to the garage space (for storage) so I'll still be lacking about $400-$500 a month to make the mortgage. Plus, I really won't get a regular income until October when all my classes will have started. But I am determined to keep going and even though I know I am not 100% there yet it feels good to be trying new things and keep my brain working in a different way. Of course, the money I am bringing in is not overwhelming amount, but it is something towards the bills!
Juan has started teaching and DJing at Neck of the Woods in SF on Monday nights. We don't know if it will continue, but the gig has been very helpful towards getting stabilized financially. Thank you Evan Margolin!
We are still accepting donations as we did not reach our entire goal and are still a bit behind with the mortgage. I am encouraged by the new work and opportunities though. We have started to see what we can do to repair some things needed on the old house. I am researching grants, funding, low income programs, etc. to help get some repairs done - the house is 113 years old!
So again, if you cannot donate but have the time, resources or energy to help us with those projects, let us know.
Thank you from my deepest heart. I have not stopped thinking about how amazing the help you have given has been and how much it's meant to us! We will organize a get together soon and award the special donations with their prizes too. It's not over yet!!
Ruth and Juan
Updated posted by Ruth M. Caspary 8 months ago
I guess the stress finally got to me....A cold? Check! A breakout? Check! Exhaustion? Check! But of course I am not letting that stop my intentions and goal of making it to $15,000 with this fundraiser.
Though I am bit less energetic at the moment, I have some good news to relay. We are safe for the time being! Our home has been de-listed from immediate foreclosure status! We have gotten to a neutral point with the bank and staved off lawyers, foreclosure notices and all the untold mayhem that might have ensued. The three month behind status did prove to be the mark that would help get our home off the foreclosure list.
However, we are still not 100% there yet and need to keep pushing for the total amount to be free and clear of the problem. If everyone who has not contributed yet were able to put in $3 then we would make our goal! I know no one wants to appear 'cheap' by donating three dollars. I'm saying, if you can spare the $3 instead of a Starbucks today, please support us in this final push towards our fundraising goal of just less than 5K more. Thank you!
On a side note, CNN called to interview me about my fundraiser and why it has been the most successful one dealing with foreclosures that they have seen. I can only point to my community - YOU - who have helped Juan and me through this hard time and continue to support us whether by donating here, coming to class, cheering us on at our public gigs, giving us a nice review on Yelp, lending a hand around our house, sharing our link or praying for us. There is such a wide variety of people we touch wth our teaching and we have been blessed in so many ways by you...it is incredible! I am rewarded every day to see people smiling and dancing, moving and laughing...sometimes even witnessing complete transformations into more confident, more social people because of learning to dance. It's true... though I had a better paycheck and benefits working in computer graphics, I never heard people say "You changed my life". Now I hear it, see it and feel it on a consistent basis and it is an amazing feeling I never want to let go of. Thank you everyone and thanks to Juan Gil for bringing the world this unique gift and sharing it with me too.
Created by Ruth M. Caspary on June 29, 2013
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