Trailer for HIA Film Project Needed!
In 2010,spring, I lost my home.On Thanksgiving,2011,my small truck was damaged to 'total' status in an accident, my first accident ever. Since then I have lived in a tent for 6 months, a spare room of a generous friend for one winter, an old tiny travel trailer circa 1959 for two summers, and the couch of the good friend whose land the old,tiny trailer and tent were on for two winters. (All I had to offer him was respite care, baby sitting and KP duty while his wife was passing from cancer)
Due to financial inefficiencies,I suffered a total mental/emotional crash after finishing college, which I began at age 50. With eight and a half years of good training, my hope was to gain new employment that did not require the kind of physical output my previous work life (construction,kitchen work etc) demanded of an injured back and knees. To my complete shock, after college,I discovered that if you are over a certain age, you are no longer a candidate for conventional employment.
Studio Arts Certificate,Digital Media, History and writing were my main focus studies. After college I did all I could to pay the rent for my mobile home lot.I spent all of my savings while job hunting. I baked bread in my own kitchen and sold it on the street. I walked nearly 80 miles, all totaled, picking up recyclable materials to cash in. A few thoughtful folks also send me personal gifts to assist me. When it was no longer enough, I lost my right to that mobile home space. I had to sell my lovely home as I had no means to park it elsewhere. Losing my home, and subsequently my two dear pets of many years,has cost me much both mentally and emotionally. Now that I am fully recovered and wanting a real life again I realized that a dream that sent me to college can Still Come True! I really do believe this!
The little 1992 Mazda truck I own is in need of some repairs I simply can't afford on the engine,and some that are just not possible. The passenger door is compressed permanently shut and has no glass in it. If it makes another 500 miles,I'll be lucky. For the cost of repairs I could be driving something in good condition and able to pull a medium sized travel trailer.
1. upgrade to a larger truck with low miles and a good repair record.
GOOD NEWS! THE NEW TRUCK, 2000 CHEVY TAHOE, HAS BEEN ACHIEVED. THANK YOU SO MUCH! update on Feb 8.
A new travel trailer would give me a place larger than the 15 by 8 foot trailer with the very leaky roof and makeshift door with three broken windows I currently roll up in at night.
STILL WORKING ON THE REST OF THE FUNDING FOR THE NEW TRAILER! updated on Feb 8.
2. With these in hand, I want to travel and use my cameras, still and motion, combined with my editing, and publishing skills to document in print and video the plight of the many people who's stories are much like mine, or worse. With this documentation, I can help to raise awareness in our America of what we are all going through and how people like myself would like to change that. I will gladly share the materials with creditable groups seeking to raise awareness and doing work to create empowerment for the homeless of our country.
I will have a couple of photographs posted here later to demonstrate the truth of my situation. If my Plan seems like something you feel you could help with, I will be forever grateful...and there will be perks upon the gathering of visual materials and publishing of them...books, t-shirts, etc
To view a samples of my photography use this link:
Don't pay attention to the retail prices listed on my Fine Art America page. I have a printing deal for this Project and it will not affect the status of peoples donations! Any item on that page is included in the 8X10 photo Perk.
Thanking you now with blessings for your help,
Robin L. DesJardins
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I'm excited to share with you a new way to stay in touch with and share new of the project. There is a page now on Facebook called HIA-Mn or Bust
and you can view it by going to this link:
I hope you will read the purpose of the page and the statement of mission concerning the Documentary.
It is a simple matter of poking that share button to help spread the word of this Project...in hopes that it will begin it's work now, before even going into it's can!
This is the Beginning, as I finish packing and sorting and filling the Chevy Tahoe for the first leg of the Project's Life Journey! Your help and love has been sustaining this vision to this point. Pass it on! Bless all of you this special season!
Yours Truly, Robin DesJardins...and new P.A., Miss Chickie-Pie Le Mew
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Chickie Pie, my new Road Partner cat is ready to go and I will be very soon. We are still 54.69% short of the stated goal of $8,000. There is still a budget to meet for the travel trailer/digital stuido/producer's quarters and for things like DVtapes, Location Fees, Legals Paperwork for those who appear in the film...etc etc.
I am filled with the fresh air of Spring and making one more appeal to help me meet this goal. I still feel the Homeless In America film is a worthy project, and become more worthy every week that passes in our country. If you can help, no matter how much or how little , it will be appreciated gratefully. Don't forget to scroll down and see the Perks I am offering. Also please take a moment to read the Updates that chronicle the journey to date...If you can't help, can you please share this link on your social media pages?
Chickie Pie and I say THANK YOU!
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Yes I do have a wonderful vehichle, thanks to all the support and love so far, that will do a good job for me. The trailer is yet to be found, as it will be shopped for in Minnesota, the first leg of the Film Project's Itenerary.
I thank you all again for you love! Chickie Pie Cat and I are nearly ready to hit the highway! Stayed tune for the further adventures of the making of "Homeless In America" .
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Here is The Big Update!
It's been a long winter, like a winter many have not seen for decades. There are so many who did not survive, due to sleeping out of doors, again, in places that threw merciless conditions at them. "Homeless In America" has yet to roll tape due to this winter's effects on our lives here in New Mexico as well. I'm touching base here to celebrate the smell of Spring in the Air! I'll bet that even people in the northern regions can smell it coming. Hope still lives!
Let's begin the Spring Initiative for my project! The work cries out to be done, and I can only sit on the clutch just so long now.
I began this campaign in late September. I was emboldened by the rapid success of most of the campaigns I read at GoFundMe.Com. Response was overwhelming at first. I cried for the feeling of Love that was coming through here. It was such a comfort to learn that Old Friends and New felt my Project was worthy of notice and assistance.
Since the Holiday Spending Flurry came on, as well as calls for help in disaster wracked areas of the world, progress towards my goal has slowed to a grind, at best. It occurs to me that many may also be wondering why I am still here, In New Mexico, sitting with the wonderful 'new' vehicle I was able to acquire, within the original budget no less, via all of your help. So, why am I still here?
I believe more and more as I advance in age, that the Right Thing will always happen at the Right Time, and in the Right Place. Since I am here, and not somewhere else, I must be in that Right Place, for the moment. Mother Nature had other travel plans for me. From the first storm of winter that covered the vast miles from here to Minnesota...and beyond, it has been an impossible concept, to drive through it all and get there in one piece...and not buried by snow plows in Iowa somewhere.
I did not fret over this delay. Still, the storms kept on coming in a line of endless traveling impediments. The idea of spending even one night sleeping the vehicle, sounded like a death sentence. I stayed, continuing to write the frame and narrative outline for the Documentary "Homeless In America".
Some of you who know me may recall that I had declared quite boldly that there would be a new Cat to accompany me. As it turns out, on the day of our first good snow, the owner of this little box I subsist in, woke me, holding a small bundle in his hands...quite carefully holding it too. His son had found a kitten out in the storm, barely 7 weeks old. He said to me, "I can't think of anyone better to care for this little one." and handed the spitting, scratching, snarling little feral darling to me. This was three days after my birthday.
I had planned to leave, first in time for Thanksgiving in MN. Then the day after my birthday. Well, she has become domesticated, and are best of friends with Robin. I call her Chickie Pie. She is the perfect traveling companion and has kept my spirits up through a lonesome Christmas and a very boring New Years Eve. I have a Rescue Kitty, and what would have happened had I not been here for her?
The other bit of great development news is this: I just recently got a demo for a radio show accepted by Radio World Indie...a web radio station that is taking off like a Concorde Jet. They are solely dedicated to the music of Independent Artists, aka; Indies. I can do this remotely. Love the web for that! It will also make and outstanding platform from which to launch the Documentary Project! This too, may not have come to pass, had I not been right here in NM to meet the folks from Radio World Indie. Yes they are a local station, broadcasting around the world. No fund raiser could have ever paid for exposure and advertising at that scale!
Broadcasting from M-F, 9AM-10PM, MST. When more jocks are added to the crew, we are confident the broadcast days will expand in hours and weekends. Please check them out and hand off a shout out to them on their FaceBook Page! Tell them you are looking forward to hearing my new weekly one hour show, "Out Side The Box", beginning some time this March!
So you can see, Folks, that I do not feel guilty for listening to that voice of wisdom, and staying a little longer, thanks to Mother Nature.
Now I have a very valuable tool in the Project's kit....and a wonderful new companion as well.
Having spent what was needed to get the wonderful new vehicle, registered, and insured too, I am concerned that not getting me up to the first leg of my Project's Itinerary, will simply absorb what small amount of the current funds raised,on insuring it, do remain in the account.
I am also concerned that if I will not raise the rest of the Stated Goal of $8,000. I will have neither the funds to start rolling tape on this project or have the travel trailer/studio space to produce the film, as well as to live in as a decent home for a traveling film maker. It costs money to produce a film. This first fund raiser will by no means pay for all the production related costs. This fund raiser is solely meant to get the Project launched, and create the momentum for further fund raising efforts in other arena's.
I thank you all for your help to date. I thank you the kind wishes the accompany your donations as well. They do help to buoy my spirits. I will thank you for ever....and each one of you by name in the credits of this Film...if you will share the heck out of this link, if that is all you can do. The success of any fund raiser depends entirely upon Exposure to the public. Can you help with that?
Here is the link for a 30 minute film by my friend Emily Horne. She calls it the "Robinmentary". Her opening title is 'Homeless in America', as a nod to this project. Watch it. Share it, if you will and bless you all for your help!