Help aspiring engineer

This Thanksgiving, I would love to support one person, who is in need and who impressed me with his resilience. Please meet David Ray Jr . David has been working hard to make a career transition and become a software developer. He has recently graduated from the Lambda School. When I met him on Linkedin I also wanted to support him on his career transition journey and offered him a scholarship to join SIDE PRJCT Accelerator so he can increase his chances to stand out with a solid portfolio project. But sometimes, life hits you with a brick. 2 weeks in, he might not be able to continue his participation because he does not have a place to live!

Unfortunately, despite his full-time job at Target, David was living in and out of a hotel room for the past few months and it has been a difficult and draining experience and a constant feeling of uncertainty about the next day. This is an emergency for him!

Pursuing a career transition is hard. Doing it during COVID times is much harder. But doing it while juggling so much more than that could be unbearable.  I know that many people in our community are also pursuing a career transition. I started this community so that you don't do it in isolation and have others to lean on and lift you up. I hope we will be able to come together and support him!

I want to fundraise on behalf of David so he has funds to bridge the time until he can find a room he could rent on a more permanent basis. David lives in Marietta, GA, if you happen to know someone who would be willing to rent a room to him, please let us know! If you can support him with a job search, please do. 

Thank you in advance,


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Organizer and beneficiary

Polina Marchenko 
Hood River, OR
David Ray 
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