Zeke is a goofy, thoughtful, and wise little guy, just seven months old. For the first five months of his life he spent every day with his mom, Jamie. But now Jamie is trying to reach new personal and career goals. She spends every morning at a recovery program, helping to ensure that she is able to stay clean, and get the support she needs (three years and going strong!). In the afternoons she will soon be starting a job as a waitress at a bar in a retirement community. She is motivated and excited, but worried about how to care for Zeke as she takes these important steps forward.
Zeke had qualified for a state childcare stipend, and for the past two months has spent days at a wonderful local daycare, with attentive teachers, and lots of stimulation from his peers. As an added bonus, his cousin Charisma goes to the same daycare, and they love hanging out together. Unfortunately, Zeke's childcare stipend was just cut by social services. This means Jamie has to take Zeke halfway across the City to her recovery program every day, which is not a safe or appropriate place for babies. And when Jamie starts her job she needs a place for Zeke to go while she's at work.
We're raising money to pay for Zeke's childcare at the same facility that he knows and loves. We hope to raise at least $1000, which would pay for one month of childcare, and would hopefully buy us enough time to get the stipend reinstated. Then his excellent and warm childcare facility won't have to worry about holding the spot or losing out on tuition.
Any extra money will go towards babysitting costs that Jamie will need for Zeke and his older sister Zahmiah in the two hours from when they get out of childcare and she gets off work.
Please help me raise money so that Zeke can spend his days with loving teachers and friends in a safe and clean daycare, and so that Jamie can pursue her dreams and help move her family forward.
We're hoping to raise this money within a week, so that Jamie can get Zeke reestablished at daycare and can start her new job.
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