Robyn is a neighbor just like any neighbor we have -- except her nighttime home is a bus stop bench in Pasadena. My wife and I communicated with Robyn over the last few months, offering food and water, only to have her ask for one thing -- a home. She sleeps upright to avoid any attacks that often happen to homeless women in the night. If you live in Sierra Madre, you might have seen her sitting there in the night at Foothill and Michillinda.
Robyn is a foster child born in the early 50s to a mother that was killed right after her birth. Robyn grew up as a foster kid with a few families throughout her 50+ years. She's got a great attitude considering the life she was dealt. She moved from the east coast to California many years ago and recently found herself living in Pasadena to avoid the harsh and abusive conditions of the homeless shelters in LA.
A few Thursday mornings ago in a torrential downpour, my 13 year old son and I stopped and asked Robyn if she would take us up on our offer of a motel room until the rain stopped. She resisted for a while, but we were demanding. With her blessing, we were able to take her to a clean and warm motel near the bus stop where she lives temporarily supported by us. A few days later I realized that we couldn't ask Robyn to sleep on the bench over the Christmas holiday and got her to agree to extending her stay until a few days after Christmas.
Robyn has social security, but not much. She has about $500 to spend on rent. Without the motel room, she showers at the gym and moves about Pasadena throughout the day on trains and buses and then sleeps again on the bus stop. If you met her at a party, you wouldn't know she's homeless. This is the state of LAs homeless problem. There are so many "normal" people caught up in the system trying to make ends meet.
Robyn also says she has cancer. I am not sure what type, but she has stopped treating it. This limits her diet, but she seems to manage and I think her great attitude helps drives the cancer away.
I am working diligently to find Robyn a garage, small studio, or section 8 qualified apartment in the San Gabriel Valley. Also it turns out that she is a game designer. She made some really cool art for our boys and I am in the process of connecting with the CEO of the game company to see if he can help.
Because of the holiday pause everyone is on, we urgently need your help to sustain Robyn in the motel at a good rate until we can sort this out. All we are trying to do is buy a month or about $2500. Anything over that would help for a deposit on a place.