Hi, my name is Holly and it has taken me a lot of humbling and praying about the decision to ask for help in this way, but I know that sometimes asking for help isn't such a bad thing, especially when you have some amazing people encouraging you along the way. So, here I am... and this is my story. I am a single mom and I have four daughters ages 2, 3, 11, and 13. I am really struggling with trying to provide a place for us to call home. A little over a year ago I moved back home to California from Virginia as I left a very horrible domestic violence relationship. I packed my kids in my car, and left everything behind me, with hopes of starting a new healthy and safe life with my daughters. Since we've arrived in my home town, trying to find a place has been excruciatingly difficult. As a result of the relationship I left behind, I still carry the weight of it financially and I have evictions, which are preventing me from providing a loving and stable home for my children. My children and I have stayed in the OVFS, (until they closed after the winter months) a transitional living facility, (until my 2 year old became VERY ill for almost 14 weeks) as well as with my grandmother for as long as we could. My grandma lives in a 55+ senior community and we are no longer able to stay here. We have until June 20, 2017 to be out, or she faces eviction herself. I cannot tell you how many places I have been, how many shelters I have called, and how many resources I have exhausted trying to get me and my children a place to live. There are no shelters that have room for me and four daughters, and as a mother....my heart is beyond hurting, because the one thing that my children need is a stable place to call home and I'm trying as hard as I can. I do work and have a full time job, I run my own homebased business with "Perfectly Posh" to help wirh added income, I have a zero balance on my credit cards (even though they are small limit cards), I don't do drugs of any kind, and I have no criminal history, yet all the routes I've tried, no one can see beyond my past to take a chance on me and rent to my daughters and I.
This GoFundMe will help us financially to at least stay in a hotel, put down towards a place if someone can see beyond my past and take a chance with me, and can help off set the amount of rent I am able to pay, should a place be offered to us)
If you can find it in your hearts to help, it would be the biggest blessing to us. Thank you for taking the time to read this. With Love, Holly and Daughters
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