Nick was kicked out of his home.
$27,099 of $15k goal
They kicked him out of his home. While he was at work they showed up and took the car that was in their name, even though he made the payments on it. They put all his stuff on the front yard, and told him to come pick it up before it gets stolen.
And to add insult to all that injury, they then used the fact that his bank accounts were "custodial accounts" to take all his funds, taking the considerable amount he had saved up over the past 3 years working as a bag boy at Publix.
He has no home, no car, thus no way to get back and forth to his school, and no money. We have taken him in, and are committed to keeping him on track. But he will need to find a place to live soon (He is welcome on our couch as long as he needs, but everyone deserves a bed to call their own) and a car to help him get around. Had his parents not emptied his accounts, he could have paid a deposit, got into an apartment, and found a new car, but he was left with nothing.
Worst of all, he has felt that the people most responsible for loving and protecting him through anything have turned their backs and don't care where he's sleeping, or how he's going to feed himself.
We're working to show Nick that he is loved, even by strangers. That the horrible acts of some people will not be enough to stop him, and that with the help of people everywhere, he can get through this.
Thank you so much for your consideration. Even if you cannot donate, your thoughts are appreciated.
Nick is very appreciative of all the support and kindness that has been shown by so many.
Nick is hurt by the allegations that have been presented against him, and wishes to respond point by point, but he will not engage in a public back and forth with them, and will only state that he disagrees with his father's version of events. On the advice of the attorney Nick is not going to make any more public statements at this time but may in the future. For now any further inquiries can be directed to:
Attorney at Law
I will simply quote what my wife posted below, but I want it to show up here in the main section:
Hi everyone! First time commenting on here as I have been commenting on my FB page. I am Steven's better half and wanted to thank you ALL for the support and love you've shown to Nick. We have been inundated with emails and have tons to respond to and I want to assure you, we will respond to each of you personally. I am so touched by the generosity and kindness you've shown this extraordinary young man. I have no doubt that he will do great things in life and make a difference one day. Lastly, I also want to mention that while we are all rallying around Nick, we shouldn't forget love and tolerance for those who haven't shown it to Nick. Responding to this with hatred or bad thoughts for Nick's parents won't help this situation. Thank you again for your offers to help. Either Nick, Steve or I will be in touch in response to these offers. Love y'all so much! #lovewillalwayswin
Hey Nick! I was wondering how things are going for you. Looks like you have a lot of great support. Did you get things worked out? Has your family at least tried to come around? Whatever happens, I hope that you're okay and get to keep going to KSU. You're a good guy and deserve to have a good life.
Hi Nick. I just saw your story. I just wanted to say that having had a son that talked to me a few years ago and told me that he is gay, I understand their shock. I guess that's where my understanding ends because he, like you, are who you are regardless of all of that. I know you are hurting terribly over this. I pray the initial shock will pass and they will do what they are possibly already wanting to do now. To apologize and tell you they love you. They do under all this I'm sure. I am so very sorry for your hurt. Keep the faith and please try to some day forgive them...not hate them. Stay open to them. Stay open to positive treatment. Cut them off / leave until they can treat you as you deserve...,Lovingly and respectfully. Me, I wish I could give you a hug and give your folks a swift kick and a lot of advice. You seem like a terrifically genuine, kind young man. You and your folks are in my prayers. You will make it through this. In love-
The universe has your back my friend. Your a strong kid
Nick, I am so sorry this happened to you. Please know that there are many people who support you. Keep up the good work with your studies in college. Remember that this is YOUR life and what your parents did was beyond despicable. I hope you get legal help soon as well. You deserve a wonderful life. Hang in there. PS - Is there any way that the Joseph McCauley loser troll comment can be deleted? We don't want your disgusting hate speech here!
Nick, I would happily get you in contact with an attorney friend of mine and also donate their services to you. I am sorry your father and stepmother do not realize what an amazing person they have pushed away. Keep your head up. Your happiness is more valuable than their opinion. Much love and many prayers to you, Collin Holder Charles.email@example.com
In response to a comment that was left in the thread: Wow, Joseph Macauley, you're a real idiot, is the first thing that came to mind after reading his comment in the thread relating to Nick's sexuality and the outpouring of monetary support he has received. ~Joseph Macauley, Wishing someone to go to hell shows just how not only ignorant you are but, also how fear-based, selfish, jealous and/or envious you are over your thoughts on this young mans sexuality and the outpouring of support in monetary donations he is receiving. People can freely give donations to whomever they choose for whatever reason they choose and no one should be chastised for it. Certainly your current negative attitude and disposition are not traits you wish to instill in your children as they learn by the example you set. For the sake of your children, if nothing else, begin practicing tolerance and acceptance. Both you and your children will be happier for it. I hope you get the help you need. Godspeed. And to Nick always remember: 1) You are never alone. And 2) Love is the answer. Wishing you all the best as you navigate the days, weeks, months ahead. I have no doubt that you have an amazing and full life ahead of you. Go out into this world and do great things! xx
Nick.. I'm glad to hear your story and grateful for those who have come around to your aid. It can be tough being bi as well. Maybe even tougher than being gay. I wish you well. In a world where it can be hard for people to accept each other's good fortunes, I'm happy to contribute to yours. I hope that, someday, there is no reason to have a page like this, for anyone. You are being watched over and it's beautiful to see. Stay focused and strong. And, may we all be fortunate, and blessed with enthusiasm. Good luck!
@ Joseph McCauley, I am thoroughly disgusted by your rude comments. This young man was not sexually abused just because he's Gay. You sir are pure ignornant. He has a Job, and he works hard at it Im sure. As for you Nick, being the mother of a Gay child myself, I am happy to say that I NEVER kicked her out. I supported her 100000% I am so sorry that your parents are ignorant and uneducated that they would do that to you. I do hope that you find peace, and comfort to know that there are people out there that love you for who you are. And I do hope that you get an Attorney and SUE the hell out of your parents for stealing your money. If the account is in your name they have no legal grounds to it at all. Please keep us posted on what is going on with your progress.
Nick, I find it so heart wrenching that your dad and stepmom would be so underhanded and cruel, to steal your money, car, and home from you. Fortunately, they can't steal your integrity, nor the love of the other family and friends that you have. Continue to hold your head high, and always remember you are a loved and valued person. NEVER forget that!
I think you are very brave for going through all this without your parents I would love to know what happens I know how you feel you are very brave I hope your parents will see the light and put the money back in your account plus money for the car they repossessed I would be so mad if that was my family that did that
Dear Nick, My son came out in his junior year of high school. It is painful, I know, when family members react the way your dad and stepmom have, but I am happy to know that other family members have been supportive. I hope the love and understanding you receive from them and from all of your wonderful supporters will sustain you until, hopefully, your folks come around. When you are feeling down or missing them, just remember all of the blessings in your life, and that good people care what happens to you in your life. Best, Nancy in Iowa
Dear Nick, I just wanted you to know, as I am sure that many people have told you, that you are loved. I don't even know you, but I love you, as do so many others. Being a parent myself, I could never imagine turning my back on my girl, and I think someday, yours will see that they are missing out on a wonderful life with you. And if they never have that epiphany, you will have thousands of other people ready to take up the mantle of loving support as you need it. Family is not always blood. With Loving Support from NY, Susie
God bless you one and all.
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Nick, you are LOVED!!!! I'm so happy that you have someone to take you in when your parents abandoned you. Shame on them. One day they will realize the error of their ways and I hope that by that time you can find forgiveness in your heart. God made you perfect just the way you are. Don't forget it!!!
Can't imagine what you have been through. The good news is that you did nothing wrong and will come out of this stronger. Your parents on the other hand will have to face up to the wrong they did or will spend the rest of their lives being closed narrow minded idiots and miserable. What your going through is hard but hopefully these funds will give you time regroup and realize that there is good in the world and lots of people who are rooting for you. Stay strong and I wish you much success.
Nick, you have our support. You really should contact a domestic attorney about the funds they stole from your account. Even if it was a custodial account, it was still your money. Most domestic attorneys will provide a free consultation. The police should have arrested them on child abuse, however I know that it can be difficult living in the Bible Belt. Good luck! We are here!
Nick, you are going to come out of this infinitely stronger than you would have ever imagined you could be. I am deeply sorry for your situation & I know that one day you are going to do amazing things. People in situations like this have only one way to go - UP! Your future success is going to blind the rest of us and hopefully, your relatives can learn from your strength, determination and willingness to be strong in the toughest of times.
Nick, You hang in there. Things could be far worse you could still be living with haters. Your Step Mother doesn't deserve the title Mother. She is the reason, we have the term WICKED STEP MOTHER
Nick -- Your money that you earned from your bank account is exclusively YOUR money. You should talk to either to the police about filing a criminal complaint for theft, or talk to a lawyer about bringing a claim in civil court to demand your money back. Do it soon because there may be time limits to being able to do it. I'm not suggesting you do this out of revenge or any ill will, but what's yours is yours. The car, the cell phone, clothing -- your parents might be able to claim they bought all those things and retain control over them. But your money that you earned is yours. What they did is nothing short of stealing. Someone should gently remind your parents -- Thou Shalt Not Steal.