This is one of our most ambitious and exciting fundraisers, because it affects so many people's lives so directly. We have become friends with four families totaling 18 people, who all are very needy, and could use any help you can give to get them more stable and able to support themselves. Among these friends, 11 of them are children ranging from 1-14 years old.
Two families are in need of places to stay, because they are currently living in motels. As you might well imagine, motel life is very expensive: you can't cook very easily, so you frequently have to eat expensive prepared food. Furthermore, for the price you pay to occupy a motel room, you could actually afford to rent a house, in many cases.
One of the men is an Army veteran who lost his job selling cars, which led to an eviction from their apartment in south Austin. Since their kids are so little (twin 2-year-old girls and a one-year-old boy), it's not practical for mom to work right now, for obvious reasons. Dad found a job next door to the motel working full-time now, but they need help to gain some traction and get into a sustainable situation long-term. They don't have a vehicle or a cell phone.
The other family also lost their apartment in south Austin when the owner asked them to move out "temporarily" so they could do some much-needed repairs. That was 6 months ago. Mom works as a machine operator (at the same place for 2+ years) and Dad takes care of their two very small children (3 & 1 - boy and girl). They have one vehicle between them. Dad would love to find a night job. He does have a felony on his record from when he was 19 or 20 years old.
So, here's the idea: we managed to find two very affordable trailers for these families to live in. Both owners are giving us significant discounts because of our project. We plan to put these trailers in a community where the rent and utilities are quite affordable: the cost for a month in a trailer park it's about what you'd pay for only one week in a motel! Please pray that we'll be able to help these two families and their children to get set up in trailers, and give as you feel led.
Also, we have two families who do not currently have any form of transportation. As you know, it is very difficult to maintain employment if you cannot get to work, so it would be a huge blessing for these families if they had a way to get to the store and work other than walking or the bus. City buses do not travel outside Austin, so if our friends want to get jobs in Round Rock or any other area outside Austin, where the rents are lower, they truly need to have cars. Please pray that God will provide transportation for these folks, so they are better able to move themselves and their kids so they can become independent.
Lastly, we are hoping to help another couple to save their truck (behind on payments and about to have it repossessed). It's almost paid off, and he needs it to get to work. They are also very serious about getting married soon, so we want to help make that happen.
The breakdown of estimated expenses as as follows:
$6000 - 33' RV - "5th wheel" trailer
$5500 - 28' RV - also a 5th wheel
$1200 - Mercury Sable
$1500 - Pontiac Grand Am
$1259 - Saving truck for work
$800 - Estimated expenses for transferring all property
$84 - Marriage license
This totals $16,343. We set the goal a bit higher as a guesstimate to cover all of the fees for GoFundMe and WePay (which transfers the money straight into our ministry bank account).
We will prioritize/triage the needs as we see fit, but the money will be applied as you see above.
Donations are not tax-deductible. Please give as you feel led to do.
This has the potential to be utterly life-changing for MANY people. Thank you and God bless you for considering this opportunity.