Help Save Connie’s Home
My name is Connie Jo Kirk and I live in the Chestnut neighborhood of Austin, TX 78702. I am a 72 year old disabled Senior Citizen. My mission in life is to serve the poor, helpless children and elderly, feed and clothed the homeless. My life is about spreading love and joy to all. To inspire everyone to love one another and treat each other equal.
I’m in jeopardy of losing my own home due to the tripling of my property taxes, and am asking for your support to help save it.
Last year the Appraisal Office took my home Homestead Exemption away after several attempts to reach me by mail. A substitute mailman never delivered my mail and on the 3rd attempt forged my signature to appear that I ignored the deadline to protest the increase on my property. I reported the problem to the Post Office, Police and the Appraisal Office. Now my property tax on my home has tripled and I'm a senior citizen on a fixed income, unable to pay.
Since the passing of my Mother Willie Mae Kirk , there have been several break-in attempts and vandalism on the property by members of a gang in East Austin. The gang leader was living in his grandmother's home next door to my Mother's home. With my own home only 2 blocks away from Mother's home, I was living in both homes to protect our properties. For 4 years, I worked undercover with APD Task Force to rid our Neighborhood of the gang, that burglarized 12 homes and terrorized the neighbors, including me as well.
With the threat of the gang’s invasions brought to a halt, my Mother’s home is now safe and will be occupied by others. But now I’m in jeopardy of losing my own home, due to the loss of the Homestead Exemption and tripling of my property taxes.
I have undertaken several projects to raise funds to pay my property taxes, all of them currntly put on hold by the Pandemic.
1st solution to pay my property taxes in full:
This year, I was on the verge of negotiating a contract with Whole Foods Buyers back in January, to sell my Connie Jo's Barbeque Sauces . But before I could negotiate, I had to meet some requirements that the buyers gave me to make changes on my bottles. I went through great lengths to make changes on the labels and removed certain ingredients to upgrade the sauces to organic. By the time I initiated the changes and was about to schedule a meeting with the Buyers, the pandemic ruined my chance to meet with them and everything had to be put on hold.
I was invited to sell my products and hot foods in the South Congress Farmer's Market every Saturday. I was about to start in March. But due to the Lockdown, the Market closed.
A new business Associate and I were going to host "Post Slavery Dinners" for out-of-town visitors at a Historical Home in East Austin. The Pandemic shut that project down.
Due to the Pandemic putting a halt to all of my projects. I need help me to save my home. I've owned it for 30 years and have always paid my taxes in full on time.
Thank you for caring. God bless you.
-Connie Jo Kirk
About Connie Jo Kirk
Since 2009, I’ve been meeting with Ugandan, Kenyan Tribal Reps and Government Officials in East Africa, to rescue orphans and impoverished children from Human Traffickers and Voodoo Rituals as Sacrifices. Through my Non Profit, Nasaru Inc; we hope to raise funds to build sustainable Boarding Schools with Food Domes and Medicinal Pharmacies in rural areas that don’t have an Education System.
· Since the age of 7, I’ve been a humanitarian for worthy causes. My siblings and I walked with my Mother through the streets in East Austin. We went from home 8/to home to get donations for Polio victims of March of Dimes.
· At 13, I participated in my first Civil Rights protest March Against Segregation in 1961.
· In 1962, I was one of 4 Blacks to win First Place in the Texas Interscholastic Vocal Competition.
· In 1965-66, In won First Place in City wide Vocal Competition
· 1966, First Black lead singer in The Austin High School Musical, “Porgy and Bess”; a Black Opera.
· First Black Vocalist to perform with the Austin High School
Marching Band in 1966.
· First Black Vocalist to give a solo concert for the entire Student
Body of Austin High to fundraise for the Senior Class Dance in ’67.
· In 1967, was the first Black to sing in the University of Texas Junior League Choir.
· 1984, 1994 & 2007; Produced and Recorded 3 Music Albums
· 1998, One of the Winners of BET Jazz Vocalist Video Competition
Awards and Honors:
· Served in East and West African Countries as Peace Corps
Volunteer Elementary School Teacher
· 1994 – Received Humanitarian Award: The Key To The City of
Austin, Texas by Mayor Bruce Todd and City Council. I
performed at a Fundraiser for the Ballet Austin to sponsor
accommodations for International dancers. I raised
over $40.000 for the charity event.
· 1995 Artist of the Year Award from the Austin Chamber of
Commerce for Charity Efforts
· 1996, Inducted Into the African American Women of Achievement National Hall of Fame [ For 2 years, I worked
undercover with the Oakland, California Drug Task Force to take down drug traffickers in my neighborhood. I rescued 33 children, 6-12 yr olds from prostitution, in 1989-90.]
· 2000, Inducted Into Stephen F. Austin High School Hall
· 2003, NAACP AWARD for Humanitarian of the Year
Volunteer humanitarian efforts.
· 1990, once every 3 months, I personally financed, cooked and served food from the trunk of my car, by myself, to the homeless in Oakland, Ca.
· 2000- now: I have cooked and fed hundreds of homeless people. My Secret Santa Projects, I provide toys, clothing and food for impoverish families, sleeping bags and winter clothing for the homeless.