My house and car need help!

$925 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 44 months
Rachel Port   TUCSON, AZ
Hi. My name is Rachel Port, and I live in Catalina, just outside Tucson, AZ. I live on Social Security Disability of less than $1000 per month. I manage to live on this quite decently until something happens.

Well, recently lots of things have happened.

I was in a car accident - luckily no one was hurt - and spent two weeks checking out CraigsList, where I finally found a car I like for the $2000 I borrowed from a friend. I had more money, but while I was looking at cars my front yard flooded. I needed to have the water main fixed, and luckily it only cost me $250. So I still had a few hundred dollars to pay for engine work the car needs. Then my washing machine died, flooding the laundry. I found a wonderful Maytag high efficiency washer in a local thrift store for $131, plus more for delivery. My $4 hundred quickly became $1 or $2 hundred. I play with the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra, and in mid-January will earn just under $500; but an estimate puts the car repairs between $1000 and $2000.

Before all this happened, the pipes in my hall bath burst, and my particle board vanity collapsed from the water it absorbed. One wall is moldy and needs to be removed and replaced, and the toilet tank is cracked as well. Neither toilet works well, and I would like to replace both, and put matching vanities in both bathrooms as well. I'm not looking for expensive stuff, just better than I have now (read: not particle board). Most of the carpet in the hall was removed, and some of the hall baseboard and drywall also need replacing. I will probably need a contractor to coordinate most of this.

I really have no other way to get the money to do all this, and a friend suggested several crowdfunding sites as possibilities, so I am trying it. Friends had just helped me get a lot of work done in the house, like patching walls, and I would really like to get the house looking decent again.

I have put these details in so you realize that I am not scamming anyone. Any money I raise will be put to use immediately, and I will share photos of the house as the work gets done.

Many thanks.


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Update 10
40 months ago
Hello again. Work on the house is stuck where it was because workers in the trades are busy again. I just spoke to the plumber, and that's about the sum of it. Which is okay, because my car's check engine light is on again - I'm having it looked at on Friday. At this point I have about $350 left of the funds I raised, and do need more than that, sadly. Hopefully it will be enough for the car. The first project in the house is the drywall in the hall bath, before we deal with fixtures. If you're thinking of contributing, this would be a good time.

Hope everyone had good spring holidays. I'm still eating matzo until it's all gone.
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Update 9
41 months ago
Hi everyone, here's a birthday month update. The dampness in the house was eliminated simply by fixing my shower. I put down mats over the bare concrete in the hall. I also was able to replace some frayed and fraying clothing and still have several hundred dollars for work on the hall bath. Will be buying a vanity this month, and the plumber will get a new toilet from his supplier. The next step is for him to find a time for someone to come and do the walls and ceiling, then he can install the fixtures. I plan to arrange this with him after the Sierra Vista concert next Saturday - with rehearsals Thursday and Friday nights, it's a busy week.

Thanks to all who have helped make this possible. I could not have done it without your kindness.
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Update 8
41 months ago
Thanks to all who have helped. The car is done, and all leaks are fixed in the house. The plumber and I have decided that the next project is the hall bath, first the drywall and mold work, then new fixtures, and that will mostly be done by next month. The last project will be a new vanity and floor in my bath.

People continue to contribute, and it has all helped. I now have mats over the bare concrete in the hall, and have even replaced some frayed and stained clothes. Who knows the last time I did that? : )
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Update 7
43 months ago
I'm hoping to get some more help with the new year. I will have the car work done in a couple of weeks, and then can start towards a plumber to get started in the bathrooms.

Thanks to all who send help or good wishes.
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$925 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 44 months
Created December 11, 2012
$15
Anonymous
41 months ago
K
$10
Kimberly
41 months ago

I wish you love and support and a really, really good string of luck! You deserve a bit of peace to offset these crazy few weeks.

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$100
Anonymous
42 months ago
$50
Anonymous
42 months ago
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Norm Rubin
42 months ago
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$30
Jo Lux
43 months ago

Here's a little more. Good luck to you! Love, Jo

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JM
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Juliana McCorison
43 months ago

Good luck and be well

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43 months ago
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Judith's Friend !
43 months ago

Good luck, Rachel!

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44 months ago
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