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A Homeless Man Saved my Dad's Life

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Raised by 927 people in 9 months

Update June 6, 2018:

Ten months ago today, Austin Davis did not give up on my dad. For 28 minutes, blood was manually moved around my father's body by effective CPR, given by Mr Davis and wonderful strangers (now friends) on a sidewalk in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

I can't believe how different all of our lives are at this moment in time. Austin Davis was a homeless resident at the CHAMP Homes (a faith based transitional housing facility) in Hyannis. I could not be prouder to say that we are mobilizing Austin to move out into a rental home within the next few weeks. This is because of your help on the GoFundMe platform. My dad is healthy and alive, because of his efforts. We have come a long way since 11am on August 7th.

I have learned how expensive Massachusetts, and Cape Cod are to live. Minimum wage earners can barely afford housing and more often than not, live one paycheck away from homelessness. We were so fortunate to have the Darling Hospitality Group step up as a full time employer for Austin at the Hampton Inn in Hyannis, so that he can sustain independence. Austin is a 57 year old man, who was NOT homeless for 55 years. He loves to work and adds tremendous value to the guest experience at the Hampton Inn. He is committed to landing back on his feet.


Finding housing within our budget of $800 per month on Cape Cod has been next to impossible. But, we did it.... We have taken our time to find the right place, which has allowed Austin to open a savings account and begin a rainy day fund.

Austin recently was awarded a Lifesaving Hero Award at the American Red Cross Breakfast for the Cape & Islands. He is also a nominee for The Humane Society of MA Lifesaving Awards.

We are unbelievably blessed that GoFundMe also has invested in Austin's story. Not only did they financially contribute to Austin's campaign, but a production team came to the Cape to make this amazing documentary.

Please consider a donation to my friend Austin's campaign. Your money will be spent mindfully and will provide the foundation to independence that he absolutely deserves.

Original Story:


**ALL ADDITIONAL MONEY WILL GO TOWARDS HEALTH INSURANCE AND RENT FOR THE FIRST YEAR. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING AUSTIN'S TRANSITION EVEN EASIER!!***

On August 7th 2017, my father George Dakin Jr. died for 28 minutes. He had just dropped my mother off at the ferry in Hyannis, went to park the car, and never came back. For 28 minutes, he did not have a pulse. He had 100% blockage of the LAD artery-- known as the "widowmaker".

During those 28 minutes, my father spent most of them laying on the sidewalk in front of the CHAMP Homes on School Street in Hyannis. CHAMP Homes is a faith-based program which provides transitional housing and other services to homeless individuals from many different backgrounds. These folks, with the support of a small staff, do the hard work of transitioning out of homelessness to stable lives.  Several staff members and a few residents worked tirelessly and administered life saving CPR. They did not give up on my dad. Against every odd, my father is alive today without any mental or physical deficit. It truly is a miracle.

Austin Davis has been homeless and is a current resident of CHAMP Homes. He is my hero. Austin saved my dad. I feel so blessed to have Austin in my life.

Austin works 26 hours per week at a hotel in Hyannis, and is hoping for a full time schedule with benefits at his year anniversary. He has been there 10 months. He is doing EVERYTHING right to escape his circumstantial homelessness-- but the hurdle is TREMENDOUS.

Odds of escaping homelessness are about as bleak as walking away from a heart attack.

Austin is not a drinker. He does not do drugs. He is always very well put together. He has a lovely personality and I know he can rise above this situation with our help.

Lets do it! I am making him my 2018 project. I will chronicle our progress on this site.

I am looking to raise $10,000. This money will be spent to secure Austin a safe, working vehicle to commute to work and cover related vehicle expenses. Any remaining funds will be used on a security deposit, first & last months rent. We will also get Austin some gas cards to fill his tank.

I will manage all funds affiliated with this account in conjunction with the Executive Director of the CHAMP Homes, Beth Wade.

Let's help Austin get on his feet! I look forward to updating all of you with Austin's progress. This is a very tangible cause where you will be able to see the results of your hard earned money. $5, $20, $100...... C'mon guys! Lets make this wonderful man our 2018 success story.

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Dear Friends of Austin,

We have some unbelievably exciting news to share!

Austin Davis and my father will be on STEVE tomorrow. STEVE is the new "Steve Harvey Show" . Here in Boston it will be on at 10am on WCVB.

Steve Harvey told us that he too was once homeless. He lived out of his car for over a year. This is a wonderful feel-good segment.

We are so happy to tell you that Austin has moved out of his transitional housing facility into a home! He and a friend share beautifully cozy home. He continues to work at the Hampton Inn & Suites. He is on a very clear path to rebounding onto his feet.

Our family and Austin wholeheartedly thank you for your love and support.

Jodi Dakin Loughlin
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Ten months ago today, Austin Davis did not give up on my dad. For 28 minutes, blood was manually moved around my father's body by effective CPR, given by Mr Davis and wonderful strangers (now friends) on a sidewalk in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

I can't believe how different all of our lives are at this moment in time. Austin Davis was a homeless resident at the CHAMP Homes (a faith based transitional housing facility) in Hyannis. I could not be prouder to say that we are mobilizing Austin to move out into a rental home within the next few weeks. This is because of your help on the GoFundMe platform. My dad is healthy and alive, because of his efforts. We have come a long way since 11am on August 7th.

I have learned how expensive Massachusetts, and Cape Cod are to live. Minimum wage earners can barely afford housing and more often than not, live one paycheck away from homelessness. We were so fortunate to have the Darling Hospitality Group step up as a full time employer for Austin at the Hampton Inn in Hyannis, so that he can sustain independence. Austin is a 57 year old man, who was NOT homeless for 55 years. He loves to work and adds tremendous value to the guest experience at the Hampton Inn. He is committed to landing back on his feet.

Finding housing within our budget of $800 per month on Cape Cod has been next to impossible. But, we did it.... We have taken our time to find the right place, which has allowed Austin to open a savings account and begin a rainy day fund.

Austin recently was awarded a Lifesaving Hero Award at the American Red Cross Breakfast for the Cape & Islands. He is also a nominee for The Humane Society of MA Lifesaving Awards.

We are unbelievably blessed that GoFundMe also has invested in Austin's story. Not only did they financially contribute to Austin's campaign, but a production team came to the Cape to make this amazing documentary.

Please consider a donation to my friend Austin's campaign. Your money will be spent mindfully and will provide the foundation to independence that he absolutely deserves.
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Look for Austin's story tonight on Boston (Fox) 25!! It will be on at 6:45 and 10pm. I think we all need a "feel good" story this week after that Superbowl!

We thank our friends, family, and total strangers for your kindness and generosity.
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Wow! What an overwhelmingly amazing week. I am in awe of the generosity of our friends, family, and total strangers who have banded together to help Austin Davis rise out of homelessness. We have raised nearly $12K in 7 days. This is unbelievable. Thank you all so much.

I have been working diligently to make sure your donations go as far as possible. We have reached out to several key local players in Hyannis—who have been instrumental in helping us execute this plan.

First off, I want to recognize Falmouth Toyota, specifically General Manager Matt Murphy, who is working with us to place Austin with a safe, working vehicle to commute to work. Austin made a large personal investment last year to purchase an older car that has been plagued with costly repair work. Matt has found Austin a mint condition 2012 Toyota Corolla that was purchased from and maintained by their dealership 6 years ago. They are currently going over the vehicle to make sure it is in good working order. They have also offered this vehicle to us for substantially under market value. We will then insure this car for one year for Austin.

Secondly, possibly the best news of all—Austin’s current employer—THE HAMPTON INN in HYANNIS, MA will hire him full time!! This was the most critical piece of the puzzle, as none of our money or hard work is worth anything, unless he is able to sustain himself on his own (after we set him off to a stable beginning). I wholeheartedly thank Mr. David Darling, owner of Darling Hotel Group and Brenna Sullivan, the General Manager of The Hampton Inn in Hyannis for making this possible. Brenna assured me that Austin is well worth this investment for the hotel, and he is an employee with great pride in his work and a wonderful personality.

I have a few more VERY EXCITING tidbits of information that I am hoping we can publish in the next couple days!
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