Help Homeless Family of 7

$8,025 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 102 people in 68 months
Last September, during my involvement with Restore a Voice, my wife and I met and befriended Jes Richardson, which ended up making a huge impact on us both. Jes is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, sex trafficking and unimaginable grief from the loss of her parents, family, and many friends throughout her lifetime. Her father was murdered when she was just 10 years old, and she was later lured into the sex industry while working as a waitress at age 17. She shared many stories of horrible violence, beatings, rapes, and of how she recruited hundreds of girls for her pimp over the years (average age: 14). Her stories are both compelling and astounding, and she has truly earned the title of "survivor". In 2000, she became pregnant unexpectedly and fought against all odds to exit the sex industry.

Currently, Jes is a wife and mother of six, including an adopted 21-year-old daughter who was a fellow survivor. She has dedicated her life to changing our culture by teaching and raising awareness about what modern-day slavery looks like, particularly in the United States.

Frankly, Jes is one of the most heroic people I've EVER met.

Right now, she and her family are in dire need of help.

Recently, in an effort to follow God's plan for her ministry, Jes and her husband Reid relocated their family from Portland to Los Angeles in order to allow Jes to better provide aftercare services for a large population of survivors of trafficking in that part of the country. They've been there about 6 weeks so far. Unfortunately, all of their funding has now dried up and they're very low on funds. They're staying with friends and at a loss with regard to getting their own place without help. They've reached out to many friends and exhausted their resources.

Currently, Jes and Reid and their five kids are staying with another family of six in a 1200 square foot home (13 people total!). They are getting food stamps temporarily, and although they are homeless they don't want to register as "officially homeless" with the state, because the state would automatically want to put their children in foster care as they would be considered "unfit parents", which is, of course, incorrect. Having lived with 13 people in our (much larger) home for seven months, I can tell you first-hand how stressful this is.

They are willing to do just about any kind of work to get out of this situation, but they really need to live in the San Fernando valley, which is about an hour away (without traffic). If they get jobs in Orange County then Jes can't continue to establish the nonprofit, but if they're able to get a home in the San Fernando Valley then Reid and Jes and their oldest daughter can get jobs and pay the bills while working on the nonprofit in their free time. They are making huge progress with the nonprofit but it takes time to build the base of funding for aftercare services.


The bottom line: This family needs $7,500 to get into an apartment and pay bills and then purchase furniture from Craigslist. They sold almost everything in a step of faith to develop training and aftercare in Los Angeles counting on local funding that has since been delayed. Everything they own now fits into a 5' x 5' storage unit, and they have an $800 minivan for transportation. THAT is faith in action.

The breakdown: They need $1600 to pay bills for the rest of this month, including final bills from their old apartment.


Then they will need around $1800 for the first month's rent and equal for the deposit, so $3600 for that.


They feel that they can furnish the entire place for about $1000, using Craigslist, garage sales, etc.

That makes the total $6,200.

I am setting the GoFundMe goal at $7,500 to cover other small expenses and to cover fees for the platform itself.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime at 512-796-7653 (cell).


- Jason Crouch, Luke 6 Ministries
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WE DID IT! We raised $7530 in 9 days to help our currently homeless friends to get settled in a new place as soon as possible. Huge thanks to those of you who donated, and to those who helped to spread the word here on Facebook, on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and (yes) Pinterest. The fundraising link was shared 1,265 times.

I spoke with Jes Richardson a few minutes ago and she spent the entire day looking at possible places to live. There are 3 options at this point, including one which seems absolutely perfect for their needs and fits the budget. Please pray that they find the right home this weekend.

There were 101 individual donors for this campaign, which goes to show what is possible through social media and people who care about others. God bless all of you.

This is the third successful fundraiser that we've held this year to help a homeless family to get settled in a home of their own. Our tiny ministry, Luke 6 Ministries, has raised over $30,000 this year to assist homeless and needy families. This is only possible with God.

I am humbled and thankful. Have a terrific weekend.
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We are in the final stretch of our campaign. Raised $7020, with only $480 to go.

Can you help us reach this goal tonight?
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We're getting very close to our goal now. Raised $6,000 in less than a week! Most of the remaining funds we raise will go toward Craigslist and garage sale-type furniture for their new place.

Just in case you didn't see this before:

My good friend Jes Richardson is currently homeless with her family of 7 and YOU can help. Their living situation is both tenuous and difficult.

Please take 3 minutes to read the description and share this with others. This is a VERY worthy family in dire need of help right now. They need short-term help to continue their mission helping survivors of domestic sex trafficking.

If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 512-796-7653 (cell). We can also accept checks if you prefer.

God bless you -
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Crossed the $5000 mark tonight! Moving toward our goal quickly. Any amount helps. We are 2/3 of the way there already.

My good friend Jes Richardson is currently homeless with her family of 7 and YOU can help. Their living situation is both tenuous and difficult.

Please take 3 minutes to read the description and share this with others. This is a VERY worthy family in dire need of help right now. They need short-term help to continue their mission helping survivors of human trafficking.

If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 512-796-7653 (cell). We can also accept checks if you prefer.

God bless you -
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Lori Patterson
68 months ago

I just know that the Lord is going to do great things for you all. I am praying for you. God bless you!

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$8,025 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 102 people in 68 months
Created October 16, 2013
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JR
$100
Jeremy Reisig
63 months ago

The more you give the more ya livin!

LK
$25
Lottie Kendall
67 months ago

Wishing the family much success.

ER
$100
Erin Rigsby
67 months ago
$200
Anonymous
67 months ago
$50
Anonymous
67 months ago
$20
Alex Filides
67 months ago
$50
Anonymous
67 months ago
KM
$10
Kristin Moran
67 months ago
MG
$25
Mary Ann Gay
67 months ago

Yeah!

KB
$25
Kyle Bailey
67 months ago

We're almost there!

Lori Patterson
68 months ago

I just know that the Lord is going to do great things for you all. I am praying for you. God bless you!

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