A Roof Over Baby Julie's Head

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Raised by 31 people in 20 months
Can you imagine paying 100% of your wages in rent and living the rest of the month on food stamps? 

I can't either.

In January, I befriended a family of refugees. They fled war in DRC as children and spent TWENTY years in a refugee camp in Tanzania. They relocated the US in November 2016 and were met with all of the struggles and disillusionment of a failed American Dream. The first year in America is effing hard, and I can't even begin to explain it. 

Not the least of it is getting locked into a way-too-expensive lease before even arriving in America. They didn't have a choice as this was set up by their resettlement agency. $1,300 a month on $10 hourly wages is completely unreasonable. They have been struggling to pay the bills ever since. 

So, here's the deal. My family is facing eviction. Yes, they need access to affordable housing. Yes, they need access to financial counseling and money management. Yes, they need access to a whole suite of services and education that are severely lacking for the refugee community. 

But my top priority today is keeping a roof over their heads and food in their bellies so that Mom and Dad can keep working, the kiddos can stay in school, and baby Julie can sleep in a warm crib. 

Anything raised above goal will go towards repaying their travel costs. Did you know that refugees have to pay back their resettlement fees? Yep, that's SEVEN plane tickets from East Africa. 

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, please help. I will be forever grateful. 

"Thanks to you for your kindness." - Elocho
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Hi Everyone!!

I just wanted to send a quick update to let you know that all is well! The eviction orders were officially cancelled and the family moved into their new, more affordable home last weekend! I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for your incredible generosity. Next weekend we will be celebrating the family's 1 year in America and will do so from their safe, warm apartment. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
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YOU GUYS! My heart is bursting!

Your generosity allowed me to make a money order in the amount of $850 to the apartment complex and facilitated negotiations for the following:

-A payment plan to settle the remaining debt so that this doesn't compound itself with next month's rent

-A promise to cancel of the court orders on Monday

-An agreement to allow the family to stay in their apartment without legal interruption or intimidation until the end of the month

-A signed lease at another complex with more affordable rent

-A discussion about how hard it can be to ask for help but why it's important to do it early

-Receiving a list of resources should the family, or others encounter this in the future

-A significant reduction in stress and concern among all

-Many happy tears from me knowing that these kiddos can just focus on being kiddos tonight

I cannot even begin to express my gratitude. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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