Support for Ha-Huynh Family

$16,375 of $23,305 goal

Raised by 220 people in 58 months
Josephine Huynh  SAN JOSE, CA

August 2017 Update

Dear Friends,

I'm letting you know that we are quietly reopening this campaign. It's been over three years since Dad's passing, which feels at once like yesterday and a lifetime ago. You all helped us avoid a crisis, and for the past three years we got back on our feet. Thank you.

Dad died when both Michelle and I were finishing up school. He did not get to see Michelle graduate from UCLA or see me become a certified music therapist. Michelle rushed back home from LA, cancelling all her further education plans, abandoning the completion of a second major, and forfeiting opportunities to travel abroad, to help Mom and begin providing for the family. She put all her dreams and goals on hold.

I'm pleased to be reaching out to you once again with this update. Michelle, who has for years been interested in and diligently self-studying coding, has been accepted into Rithm School, a 14-week immersive software development bootcamp course based in San Francisco. She was given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pursue her passion for coding when she was named the only recipient of their generous full-tuition scholarship! We are very proud that her efforts got her this far, despite a 3-year detour. Her first day at school was this past Monday and she is enjoying the material and her cohort.

So why are we reopening the campaign? After working full-time for three years to support our household financially, Michelle will be going to class for three months without pay. Any support would allow her to complete her studies with fewer distractions and also to help us remain stable while she is unable to contribute to our household income.

Here's the breakdown:
Daily BART and parking fees: $1141
Mortgage and bills: $3000
Interview prep course not included in scholarship: $4200
Meals, other expenses: $659+

... for a total of $9000. I couldn't figure how to take the total back down to $0 without making a new campaign, so I just added this new goal to the existing total. 

Please contribute and share with your circles as you are able.

Thank you,

Josephine



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Update 14
Posted by Josephine Huynh
17 months ago
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Dear Friends,

I'm letting you know that we are quietly reopening this campaign. It's been over three years since Dad's passing, which feels at once like yesterday and a lifetime ago. You all helped us avoid a crisis, and for the past three years we got back on our feet. Thank you.

Dad died when both Michelle and I were finishing up school. He did not get to see Michelle graduate from UCLA or see me become a certified music therapist. Michelle rushed back home from LA, cancelling all her further education plans, abandoning the completion of a second major, and forfeiting opportunities to travel abroad, to help Mom and begin providing for the family. She put all her dreams and goals on hold.

I'm pleased to be reaching out to you once again with this update. Michelle, who has for years been interested in and diligently self-studying coding, has been accepted into Rithm School, a 14-week immersive software development bootcamp course based in San Francisco. She was given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pursue her passion for coding when she was named the only recipient of their generous full-tuition scholarship! We are very proud that her efforts got her this far, despite a 3-year detour. Her first day at school was this past Monday and she is enjoying the material and her cohort.

So why are we reopening the campaign? After working full-time for three years to support our household financially, Michelle will be going to class for three months without pay. Any support would allow her to complete her studies with fewer distractions and also to help us remain stable while she is unable to contribute to our household income.

Here's the breakdown:
Daily BART and parking fees: $1141
Mortgage and bills: $3000
Interview prep course not included in scholarship: $4200
Meals, other expenses: $659+

... for a total of $9000. I couldn't figure how to take the total back down to $0 without making a new campaign so, the new total reflects this.

Please contribute and share with your circles as you are able.

Thank you,

Josephine
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Update 13
Posted by Josephine Huynh
46 months ago
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Hi Everyone,

I hope you're all doing well. This weekend was the 1-year anniversary of this page going public. I remember initially writing up the page description and sending it privately to a few people and then asking them to share it, feeling uncomfortable with going public on my own. Grateful for the many friends, family, and strangers who stepped up and spoke on our behalf. It was an awkward thing, asking for help, but I am glad I did and I am still overwhelmed and incredibly touched by the support we received. Thank You.

I wanted to write an update on what we have been up to. In January, I started my internship doing music therapy as part of a hospice care team. During the week, I drive all over the Bay Area (even down to Gilroy and Morgan Hill) to provide music and company to people in their last stage of life, and their families. The whole experience with my dad really changed me and inspired my decision to take this internship. Music comforts and motivates people like nothing else can. My internship ends at the end of July, so we'll see where I will go from there. On Saturdays, I teach beginning piano lessons at Veksler Academy in Mountain View. That carries its own challenges and rewards, but overall, I'm happy to be doing musical, people-serving work 6 days out of the week and really feel like I am moving in a good direction.

Michelle graduated from UCLA last June and is back home in San Jose, working at the county office doing IT support. She is taking additional online courses and continues to explore her interest in indie makeup and perfume.

My mom has kept herself busy taking care of my grandmother (who is in good health at 98, going to the gym daily) and teaching and taking classes. We are still struggling financially, but this campaign really helped get us out of crisis, and my mom has been less anxious.

Since it's been a year and things are chugging along, I will halt donations for now. If you haven't, download the compilation I put together to express our gratitude: https://gratitudecompilation.bandcamp.com/releasesThank you for being there for us.

With Love,

Josephine, Michelle, Mai
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Update 12
Posted by Josephine Huynh
52 months ago
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The compilation album is public now! Please share it. Any and all proceeds from it will go back to the artists, who have given us so much of their time and love. Thank you! https://gratitudecompilation.bandcamp.com/releases
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