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Neighbor helping Neighbor Tribeca

$10,508 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 121 people in 2 months




Dear Neighbors,

With the holidays in full swing and so much to be grateful for, Kate and I are humbly reaching out to ask for your help - let's get our neighbor Stanley back on his feet!

There is a gentleman who has been sleeping on a stoop on near our Tribeca apartment . He has permission from the landlord of that building to construct his shelter there nightly, which he does with great care and consideration, between the hours of 9 pm and 4 am. He does not loiter or hang out there at any other time. 

His name is Naga “Stanley," he is from India and was here on a work visa (expired) as a pharmacist’s assistant until he lost his job in 2013. He was evicted in 2014 and has spent the past 18-24 months on the street. He sometimes goes to Belview Shelter, but he does not feel safe there. When its too cold, he sleeps in the subway station. He maintained a gym membership at a public park facility to keep personal hygiene and wash his clothes in the locker room. He lost his membership in June and had been going to the river front to clean his personal items and bathe. Upon learning this, we gave him enough money to renew his membership and he can now shower and wash his clothes. 

Stanley is a kind, gracious and thoughtful neighbor.  He is always concerned for Kate and me when he doesn’t see us for a night or two. Always wondering if the baby was born, if one of us got sick etc. When Kate got sick recently, he was emotional and deeply concerned, repeatedly said “Is there anything I can do for you?” He has offered on multiple occasions to work for us in any way, including babysitting our son. We politely decline these offers but are committed to feeding him as often as we can and offering him modest financial support. We slip him $20-50 a week, grab him snacks (ginger ale) from a local store, and bring him meals as often as we can. He was mugged several months ago and lost most of his belongings that included his passport. He has been actively petitioning the Indian Consulate to restore his passport, but this process has been onerous and he expects it will be at least another month. His remaining belongings are strapped to his bicycle, which he rides around the city daily with his helmet. 

We set our $8,000 goal by budgeting for the ~100 days we fear he'll need to get by in the winter before he can get home (including hostel fees, food, etc).

It is hard to express in a note how kind and sincere this man is. He has made a profound impact on our family and our daily routine. He has become a friend and we feel it is our obligation to help him the best we can. It is much easier to just walk by our many suffering neighbors outside, but his character has made it impossible for us to turn away. We can achieve far more with the support of wonderful other neighbors who surely pass him too..  

 
We will purchase his ticket home when his passport is restored, but in the mean time, we are afraid of the cold. We want to set him up with a bed for the foreseeable future, and especially through the holidays.  Hostels are a great option for up to 2 weeks at a time (per policy)— he can hop between them until we find something that could be more long term (if needed- pending passport).  Also, he really wants to work. His work visa is expired and he could not afford to renew it. If you or anyone you know are aware of odd jobs or things he can do, he would be so grateful. Or, if you know of anyone who works in the restaurant business (preferably South Asian), we know from organizations this is a viable labor option for people in his position… 

We have alerted Tribeca Citizen and it has already led to a stream of concerned neighbors in other buildings and with grassroots organization connections. However, due to his demographic (undocumented, middle aged man), there is little to nothing at his disposal other than the shelter system.  We encourage you to introduce yourself and would appreciate your teamwork. 

Just follow up with me (contact the organizer) if you want to go meet him or additonal resources or suggestions. 

With much gratitude,


kate and michael









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Dear Friends,

Stanley had an amazing weekend at a hotel and slept in a bed for the first time in over 2 years.

He could not have been more overwhelmed and grateful. He called each and every one of you his hero. He told me that he never imagined his life would change course, nonetheless for the better.

This campaign has been so successful, so fast, Stanley was off the street in just 3 days. This means so many of our generous neighbors did not get to meet him soon enough. He agreed to meet me at 9pm, every night, where he used to sleep so we can catch up about his days. Please feel free to come with me to meet him. Message me if you don’t know the location. Kate and i may not always be around to meet him, and he has no phone, so keep in mind a friendly face will always be there with a smile to greet you if you feel so inclined. Let him know you are our friends and part of this campaign. He may cry.

Budget wise, we are on target as planned. At this time, Stanley is booked with housing through January 31, and we have raised enough funds to secure housing up to the second week of March (this amounts to 91 days total + $100 weekly stipend). Although we have the cash on hand to get to the second week of March, we will wait to book anything for Feb 1 onward as we track his passport. In the event his passport is restored during this time, we will use any remaining funds to purchase his ticket and then release the rest of the cash to him to bring home.

Michael will be checking Stanley in and out of places as he bounces around. If anyone ever wants to join in helping to move Stanley every couple weeks (per hostel policy/law), please reach out!

The best housing we have identified is roughly $48 a night— but between now and January 1, there was some slightly inflated holiday pricing and limited availability at many places. There are two places in this price range and the management has assured us it’s fine for him to just bounce between the two.

We are only $1,000 short of our goal which will secure housing and the $100 weekly stipend through 100 days, per campaign goals. We are planning to exceed this. We will. Help us continue to spread the word.

Last but not least, this campaign has led to a stream of helpful friends connecting us to jobs, legal counsel and other resources that will be so valuable. He will be exploring two job opportunities this week, and still looking for more. We have also made contact with legal aids regarding his passport holdup.

Thank you for helping to change a life.

Happy Holidays,
Kate and Michael
Moving from one hotel to the next.
His new hotel room.
Not being burdened by his belongings
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Saying goodbye from his hotel room.
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Stanley is outside right now if you want to say hi. It’s cold so I am going to bring him to his hotel room in 15 minutes. Thank you all for you support.
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Dear Supporters,

Kate and I can't thank you enough for your generous support. Stanley has been sleeping in the subway the last few nights because of the rain and cold weather. Stanley is meeting me at his spot at 8pm. I am going to bring him to an airbnb so he can have a warm place to sleep. If anyone wants to say hi to him, please meet me outside at 8pm this evening. We plan to hang out for 10 minutes or so before we head to the airbnb. contact me if you need his location.

Thank you again for your support.

Kate & Michael
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