Homeless Boston Ma Vet & Wife Need Help

$823 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 58 months


I’m Rebecca Johnson-McDonnell, a Communications graduate of a local Community College in Boston, and this is my husband, Mark. Mark Is a combat veteran who survived a year in Afghanistan from 2010-2011. Although he courageously fought for our country, were waging another battle stateside. We are having to have our first baby soon, a boy, and were in dire need of living arrangements for our soon-to-be growing family. My due date is mid-September 2014.

5 Months Pregnant, May 19, 2014



Mark works two jobs, including his active-duty military service. I work as an on-call substitute for various childcare agencies in Boston. Mark has been homeless since Fall, 2013 due to unforeseen & unfortunate circumstances, and since then has been bouncing from shelter to shelter in Boston, MA. 

People ask "Why can't Mark just live on base?" The answer is simple: Where Mark is currently stationed, is NOT on a military base, but a smaller facility that does not have housing options. 

I live in what's called an SRO. SRO stands for Single Room Occupancy, which means by law, I can't have anyone else living with me--Mark, or our soon to be son. Once I give birth to our son, I must terminate my lease with this SRO and leave.

We have looked into several alternative housing options, but so far, nothing has suffice. We have also checked Craigslist to see about renting a room/studio for our family, but we have been told no, because we are a couple--and a couple expecting a baby. We have also checked other rental sites, but have not found a place. For every no we have recieved, we keep a "stiff upper lip", but as time goes on, each no becomes more discouraging.

My Single Room Occupancy (SRO) (sorry for the mess!) this room includes: a bed, drawer, a small kitchen (with no stove) and a bathroom with stand up shower.



With no immediate family in the Boston area, as the months go on, we are running out of time. We hope that with your support, we will be able to raise the $4,000.00 needed--first month, second month, last month, and security. Our plan is to be a couple of months ahead on rent, so that we do not run into this kind of problem in the future. Any money raised that exceeds the $4,000 mark we plan on putting into a fund for our son. We were brought up with OLD FASHIONED values: to be kind to others, and we want to pay this forward anyway we can once we become more settled.




Thank you for taking the time to hear our story, we truly appreciate it. And to Mark, thank you for fighting for our country. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us. Thank you.


Becca and Mark
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Thank you Mike & Marilyn for your contribution, we appreciate your love & support, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Mark, Becca and Baby K
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Thank you Mark Langley for supporting us to help reach our goal, we appreciate your contribution. Also thank you to our previous donaters for helping us as we keep pushing forward...were confident our goal will be met by September 2014!
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Week 1 has passed, Thank you to today's donors Anonymous & Jan Paez for your donations we truly appreciate it!
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Cookie and Brandon! Thank you so much for your donation :) we hope you will reach your gofundme goal as well please keep us updated on your heart surgery xoxo
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Danny Stone
56 months ago

If he was active duty he would be getting housing pay so he shouldn't be homeless - from a former soldier who was active duty

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Raised by 8 people in 58 months
Created May 21, 2014
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$8
Jeremy Walker
21 months ago

hope you get back on your feet soon lifes not always easy

MR
$300
Marilyn Rosa-Zayas
58 months ago

From Mike and Marilyn. We are praying for you and your family. Hope everything gets resolved soon.

$100
Anonymous
58 months ago
$15
Anonymous
58 months ago
JP
$25
jan paez
58 months ago

Hey becky i know its not much but you guys deserve to find a nice apartment. God bless you.

DM
$25
Donya and Brandon McCrea
58 months ago

Even though we've never met in person I truly adore you and hopefully when I get to Cleveland we will be able to give you more! If not then for sure I'll have more on the 17th! Im praying for you all! Much love to you

CB
$100
Colette Boudreau
58 months ago

Happy Wedding & Baby! Sending good vibes to you.

WH
$250
Wayne horner
58 months ago

If mark has not told you of me before he deployed with my unit. We lived in the same tent for that year and became close friends. He has even come to visit down here to virginia and stayed with me on multiple occasions. I had no idea that he was homeless. This is not what he, you, nor your unborn son deserves. I will pass this on to everyone I know. God bless you

Danny Stone
56 months ago

If he was active duty he would be getting housing pay so he shouldn't be homeless - from a former soldier who was active duty

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