We are a young Black family of artistic weirdos--two trans parents, two deceptively adorable kids, and a dog, Ebony, who we’re all convinced is at least part pot-bellied pig.
David is Dad. He’s a Navy veteran who is currently transitioning and who, through a season’s worth of bad luck and a natural disaster (the Ridgecrest Earthquakes, which have made everything mentioned here a bit harder to deal with and recover from), has never once stopped working hard to keep our family fed and housed.
The kids are Xavier, 8, and Xiomara, 6, both of whom are sweet, smart and creative. Xavier is a budding cosplayer and comic book geek who wants to someday be an actor. Xiomara wants to grow up to be an artist and veterinarian.
I, Ayan, am mom. I’m a non-binary writer and hope to be a student again, once all this is settled and our lives are back on track. We are a loving family with big dreams, and we just need a bit of help getting to the other side of this hard situation.
In late May of this year, we drove to LA for David’s doctor's appointment, one of many such trips necessary as he transitons. When we got home we discovered that our house had been broken into, and a few thousand dollars worth of our things--including our laptops, kindles, old phones, even toiletries and medications--were stolen or destroyed. We were able to replace some of the items, but not everything. The medications stolen have yet to be fully replaced.
That same day, on the drive home from LA, we lost our car. The engine dropped a cylinder and quit altogether soon after. David lost his delivery job for Instacart, which had been our primary source of income until that point. We got behind. He was able to find another job, but ultimately, not having a car led to him losing it.
Now we're being evicted. The process has already begun, and we have less than three weeks to find and figure out how to pay for a new place.
Money raised will go toward the the first three months’ rent, security deposit, and other moving costs such as renting a truck for a day and moving utilities.
Any extra will go toward getting the car fixed, back to school costs for the kids, and furnishing their new bedroom, so that we can hopefully make this transition as easy as possible on them.
Any and all help is appreciated.