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An Autistic Needs a Home and Place of Ministry

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It's been approximately four weeks since the last donation was received, during which time circumstances surrounding my current living situation have deteriorated even further--essentially forcing a move within the next two weeks.  The donations which have been received are quite significant, but obviously still far short of the funds required to act in the manner previously envisioned.

It would seem that changes in strategy and projected timeline are necessary.  I am by no means giving up on the goal of having a small, modest, efficient, and economical home which will double as an interfaith spiritual center, but it seems that an alternative path to that goal needs to be charted.  Additionally, the friend who has been overseeing the account that holds the funds raised thus far, is no longer willing to continue doing so.  After speaking with two persons who made $100 donations, the understanding that they both conveyed is that it would still be consistent with the goal of establishing a better home for myself and my dogs, if we were to use the funds collected thus far, for moving expenses to relocate to a better Section 8 program apartment in Trinidad, Colorado, where I lived a couple of years ago.

Specifically because of the considerations just listed, I am therefore deciding to close this fundraising activity at midnight on Saturday and create a new one within the coming year that will once again be associated with the goal of having a small, modest, efficient, and economical home which will double as an interfaith spiritual center, but which will hopefully also be tied to "an irrevocable trust" designated to be used exclusively for expenses related to establishing and maintaining the home just described.  As such, it would not negatively impact any other assistance funds which I currently receive and it would allow the fundraising effort to be one of exceptional integrity.  I welcome everyone's comments and questions related to keeping the original goal alive, because the manifestation of the goal will of course evolve and shift in various ways, as it comes into being. 

I have not been able to decide, however, whether an additional possibility should be considered.  That one is to first confirm parameters that are acceptable to all relevant government entities, of having my 501(c)3 religious non-profit organization entitled God Space Sanctuary (GSS) purchase a home and property and designate me as a live-in care-taker.  A significant advantage of this alternative, would be that all donations would be tax-deductible, but the times when I have presented this incentive in the past, it has not inspired any significant amount of donations.  The process of determining how to integrate my occupancy with that of GSS would most likely also require consulting with an attorney, which could prove somewhat expensive.  I have already attempted to find an attorney willing to provide this legal guidance pro bono (that is, for free), but have been completely unsuccessful in locating any such attorney. 

Again, I encourage open dialogue about these actions and possibilities, because the wisdom of a community is always greater than the wisdom of any single individual and I am striving to argue the generosity of every donor and donation made thus far.

May one and all and everything, blessed and loved ever be.
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Good morning, everyone.

Since this fundraising effort is by no means ended, I thought perhaps you would appreciate knowing how circumstances are evolving.

With regard to moving to a much better-maintained apartment in Trinidad, Colorado, almost everything is packed and I plan to go get the moving truck and car-carrier trailer late tomorrow afternoon. From that point onward, my sole focus will be loading that truck (hoping that everything fits within it), driving, south, and unloading the truck as quickly as possible, in order to prevent further charges.

Even though I already know the manager of this new apartment complex and know that I will no longer be living within unsafe and deplorable conditions, there will still be many challenges related to squishing myself into someone else's space--which means that certain accommodations related to my experience of autism and my vocation of being an interfaith minister, will not be possible.

For these reasons, I remain very intent upon securing a property which can be more effectively adapted to both autistic and ministerial needs. In that regard, after months if not years of searching, I have finally been given contact information for a law firm that will presumably be able to advise me regarding two important topics. The first is the establishment of an "irrevocable trust," which is essentially a bank account that receives funds which are restricted in their application (in this case, to be used only for housing), which in no way negatively impacts whatever assistance I am receiving as a person living with the disability of autism. The second is the possibility of having the property purchased by the 501(c)3 religious non-profit organization, God Space Sanctuary, of which I am currently the President of the Board of Directors, and having me designated as the live-in caretaker of the property--thus providing housing for myself as well as a responsibility to do the ministerial work of the organization. It is important that this be done correctly, however, in order to avoid any and all legal conflicts of interest. The advantage of the second possibility, is that all donations would be tax-deductible for the donors.

I am additionally considering the creation of a "patreon" account through the Internet, which could direct its proceeds into the fundraising account also. This is a unique type of account by which people are able to support artists of various kinds with monthly donations, but which was not advisable during the probationary period related to the discharge of my educational loans--which will end within the next four weeks.

So, all things considered, while the current relocation is a reconfiguration of circumstances, it appears to be unfolding in a way that very much allows the goal of a home and place of ministry, to remain very much alive.

If there is anything further upon which you would like me to elaborate or any constructive suggestion or comment you wish to express, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Again, thank you very, very, very much for your participation and support.

Blessings, love, and peace,
now and always,
Sister Who a/k/a Rev. Denver NeVaar, MTS
dn@SisterWho.com
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If anyone should ever wish to contact me directly, to express any and all questions or concerns that come to mind or to learn what the current configuration of personal circumstances is, I would like to offer my phone number. Since some websites censor such information, however, I will be using linguistic equivalents and trusting that those who truly need to contact me, will understand. Remember that this information is likely to disappear from this website tomorrow morning, at the latest. So here's the number: 7 to oh, for won seven, five (5) six (6); no text-messaging capabilities.

One way or another, using as much perseverance as is required, I will reach my goal or die while still trying. Thank you very much for participating in this effort in whatever ways you were able.

May one and all and everything, blessed and loved ever be.

Sister Who a/k/a Rev. Denver NeVaar, MTS
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It's been approximately four weeks since the last donation was received, during which time circumstances surrounding my current living situation have deteriorated even further--essentially forcing a move within the next two weeks. The donations which have been received are quite significant, but obviously still far short of the funds required to act in the manner previously envisioned.

It would seem that changes in strategy and projected timeline are necessary. I am by no means giving up on the goal of having a small, modest, efficient, and economical home which will double as an interfaith spiritual center, but it seems that an alternative path to that goal needs to be charted. Additionally, the friend who has been overseeing the account that holds the funds raised thus far, is no longer willing to continue doing so. After speaking with two persons who made $100 donations, the understanding that they both conveyed is that it would still be consistent with the goal of establishing a better home for myself and my dogs, if we were to use the funds collected thus far, for moving expenses to relocate to a better Section 8 program apartment in Trinidad, Colorado, where I lived a couple of years ago.

Specifically because of the considerations just listed, I am therefore deciding to close this fundraising activity at midnight on Saturday and create a new one within the coming year that will once again be associated with the goal of having a small, modest, efficient, and economical home which will double as an interfaith spiritual center, but which will hopefully also be tied to "an irrevocable trust" designated to be used exclusively for expenses related to establishing and maintaining the home just described. As such, it would not negatively impact any other assistance funds which I currently receive and it would allow the fundraising effort to be one of exceptional integrity.

I welcome everyone's comments and questions related to keeping the original goal alive, because the manifestation of the goal will of course evolve and shift in various ways, as it comes into being.

I have not been able to decide, however, whether an additional possibility should be considered. That one is to first confirm parameters that are acceptable to all relevant government entities, of having my 501(c)3 religious non-profit organization entitled God Space Sanctuary (GSS) purchase a home and property and designate me as a live-in care-taker. A significant advantage of this alternative, would be that all donations would be tax-deductible, but the times when I have presented this incentive in the past, it has not inspired any significant amount of donations. The process of determining how to integrate my occupancy with that of GSS would most likely also require consulting with an attorney, which could prove somewhat expensive. I have already attempted to find an attorney willing to provide this legal guidance pro bono (that is, for free), but have been completely unsuccessful in locating any such attorney.

Again, I encourage open dialogue about these actions and possibilities, because the wisdom of a community is always greater than the wisdom of any single individual and I am striving to argue the generosity of every donor and donation made thus far.

May one and all and everything, blessed and loved ever be.
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The GoFundMe website encourages frequent updates, but I wonder if by doing these updates each day, I am desensitizing contributors to the ongoing need--which is why I strive to make each day's notations as honest, open, and engaging as possible. I do hope that I have not "worn out my welcome" with anyone who has been willing to be among the few exemplary individuals who have contributed to this effort. If I have become a bother, by refusing to give up on this effort, I apologize most sincerely.

Nonetheless, specifically because I am unable to escape the reality of my own circumstances, I must persist.

An unexpected flurry of developments yesterday, appear to have created a path to relocating my section 8 voucher to an apartment back in Trinidad, Colorado, where I lived throughout most of 2017. This is absolutely not the direction I want to go, but I seem to have no other currently available option. Unless something wonderful and empowering occurs within the next few days, it will be literally the only place I have to go and I will have to wrestle with the possibility that it is "where I'm supposed to be." If so, I'm still trying to figure out how to cover the expenses of moving all of my personal resources over two hundred miles south. The donations given to this effort are supposed to have been for the purchase of a small fixer-upper home in central Colorado, but the amount raised is still far short of its goal--and I only have fifteen days left to pack everything and find a way to relocate. At this moment, in all honesty, I don't know what to do.

Wherever I do wind up, I know that I will immediately strive to do whatever I can, to push life experiences in positive directions in ways that are simultaneously oriented to serving personal and spiritual growth within the lives of everyone around me. I'm just feeling like, in spite of my most valiant efforts, I'm failing and letting all of you down--and I don't like that at all. I've been told that life sometimes includes things one doesn't like, but I've never believed that I have to help that inclusion along.

So here I am: doing all the good I can for as long as I can and hoping as hard as I can that there are enough people left who believe in me doing what I do, to empower that to continue.

May one and all and everything, blessed and loved ever be.
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