Starting Over in Portland: Expenses

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Serene and Ali are moving to Portland!

After five years of moving from town to town on the academic job market, ​we've decided to start over in a place where ​I can find long-term, stable work​, and where there are possibilities for flourishing in community. 

As I transition away from the ever-contracting world of higher ed (not without tears), and with the help of a career counselor, I hope to turn my degree into a satisfying and sustainable career in consulting. ​ Until this gets up and running reliably, I'll be taking on smaller contract work to make ends meet.

We are reaching out to our larger community  for help with a few basic moving/work expenses. I had hoped to cover these things with university resources, but am left without a summer contract. We plan to move in​ mid-​
June, and are already building support systems in Portland. 

We will have to take unemployment and Medicaid for Serene for a few months and will cover remaining expenses with your help. These include moving expenses for a single U-Haul Ubox, a few months' ACA health insurance for Ali, occasional child care for job interviews and job hunting meet ups, a used computer to replace Ali's work machine, a car tune-up and gas for our cross-country trip,  and career counseling to help Ali start a solid​and sustainable new career.   

This support means the world to us.

​I've worked very hard to make ends meet as Serene's sole caregiver and financial support, paying rent and child care expenses for the past five years while working full-time as a traveling Visiting Assistant Professor. This has meant taking on second jobs and maintaining a heavy academic job search throughout ​my time as contingent faculty at UNC,  William and Mary and Virginia Tech.​ I have worked hard to balance care-giving and professional advancement, and could not have done it without the support of the communities where I have lived with Serene. The support I have gotten has allowed me to put my heart and soul into teaching and writing, but this has not translated into professional security in academe.  As we transition to what I hope will be a place we can put down roots, we are putting the stress of this particular precarity behind us and really looking forward our new chapter.
 
We don't have  a financial safety net and are grateful for any funds we can raise to ​help defray the costs ​of moving cross-country​. ​It would be impossib​l​e​ for us​
without financial help. Knowing how many of our friends and family are struggling, ​we understand if you can't help.  For those who can, ​I am confident that, within a year, we will be in​ a much more solid position, moving forward, and in a position to help others. We are so grateful that you would consider helping us with this big transition!
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Okay: YES! This is actually happening! I've ordered my single UBox thanks to these funds and should have enough to get my car fixed up for our cross-country drive--Serene and I will start out from Blacksburg on June 25th and are set to arrive in Portland sometime around July 1st. I've gotten a few promising bites on my new job materials/applications here and there and have secured an affordable place to live in a great school district. I am still seeking funds to finish out the career counseling, buy a used laptop (I have to give mine back to my employer in a couple weeks), cover a couple months of independent insurance before (hopefully) a new job covers it all. We are both so excited...but mom's a little nervous, as always. Thanks so much for your support for this next chapter, a factor of long-term and short-term survival-level calculus. It was hard to imagine this happening a month ago...now, we're almost on our way!
One of our last hikes through Appalachia
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I slept like a rock last night. I am just flabbergasted to see all of this support and to think we can make this transition without the humongous stress of not knowing how we will get our stuff out west! So far, we've covered a moving box and car repairs and gas to get out to Portland. THANK YOU THANK YOU for this outpouring of love and support. It is setting us up for success, and a healthy transition.
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Hi! I am signing a lease on a little one-bedroom apartment in Portland this week, in a good school district for Serene, and gearing up to move on July 1st! So excited, but also anxious about scaring up moving costs in time to make the trip. Everything about this decision to stop moving from place to place on the academic market and put down sustainable roots in the growing economy of Portland is feeling really good. We need this change. Here goes...!
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Steve Emm
10 months ago

what the? begging for money doesn't teach self responsibility or self respect

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Shameka Askew
15 months ago

If you guys could plaes help my kids and I were on the verge of being homeless any donation is fine https://www.gofumdme.com/dk6snk-my-kids

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Created May 4, 2017
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So excited for your next chapter! Xxoo

Steve Emm
10 months ago

what the? begging for money doesn't teach self responsibility or self respect

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Shameka Askew
15 months ago

If you guys could plaes help my kids and I were on the verge of being homeless any donation is fine https://www.gofumdme.com/dk6snk-my-kids

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