My second-born son, Jordan, is a brave young man in his mid-20s who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome as a teenager. He has always been independent and determined and has lived on his own (with assorted roommates) since he was 18. I have continued to help him financially, off and on to varying degrees, when he needed help. I have only managed that by always having a second job, and even then we’ve always struggled.
This past year has been more challenging than anything we have ever experienced. His grandmother (my mom) became ill in January and over the next several months of hospitalizations, I unfortunately lost my second job—the income from which was what had kept us from going under. She recently passed away last month. In February his car was wrecked by someone else (almost totaled but not quite). Insurance paid some but not enough, and that was a battle that ensued for several months. The body work is still not completed. In March his dad passed away unexpectedly, and he began to lose hope of his life ever turning back around. Next his girlfriend broke up with him and his depression worsened. Our financial situation continued to worsen until eventually he had no money for gas in his car to go to work and he had to quit the job he had had for almost two years.
We've tried desperately to help ourselves by cutting expenses where we can and selling anything we have (and we don’t have much worth anything) to just keep going. My youngest son has helped when he could, but he makes minimum wage and has his own expenses. My oldest son has sold anything he had worth selling to help us out. The rest of my immediate family is struggling with financial issues of their own.
We have determined (perhaps later than we should have) that we can’t make it work this way and Jordan needs to move back home and try for a fresh start. This is where you all come in. We need to Bring Jordan Home and that involves a moving truck and trailer, gas for the road, meals, and a hotel. In addition, we need to pay a month’s rent so he can give 30 days notice to his roommate, and catch up on his car payment so it doesn’t get repossessed.
We are completely overwhelmed and out of options other than asking for everyone else to help us. I will put this on Facebook, but I don’t have a lot of friends on Facebook so am hoping everyone can share the campaign link with their friends. Anyone who knows me knows this is very difficult for me to do; asking for help. Thanks for anything you can do to help me bring Jordan home. Every donation helps, even $10. Please, if you are considering helping, sooner would be better. I’ve never experienced anything worse than my son calling me, hungry, and not being able to help him.
Thank you in advance for helping me to Bring Jordan Home!
- Sharon Brown
- Vivian Cato
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