My name is Baron Feilzer and I am raising money to fund an inpatient drug detox and rehabilitation program for my brother (James) Tyson Feilzer. I have come to learn that Tyson has been living on the streets in San Francisco for the past several years. He has been arrested a couple of times to my knowledge and those arrests have usually involved petty larceny and drug possession. For those of you who know Tyson, he has slipped far from the person we once knew. Up until recently, I have only been able to assume that he is living on the street but I never really knew how bad it was. I had been able to keep track of him from time to time by using the Inmate Locator service and that at least would let me know that he was alive but I was never able to learn much more about his condition.
Recently an article was published in the San Francisco Chronicle (linked below) and Tyson was pictured in it. As luck would have it my family that still resides in California read the article and let me know about it. As you can see from the pictures in the article, Tyson's condition is real and he needs our help. I have been waiting and hoping for something concrete like this to come along and I can only think it is a miracle and a call to action that of all the homeless people living in San Francisco, Tyson was pictured. I have since been in contact with the reporter who wrote the article (Kevin Fagan). He is nothing short of a remarkable man as he has offered to help me locate Tyson in person when I come into town and has been an amazing resource on both Tyson's seeming condition as well as resources I can look into to help get Tyson off of the street.
This brings me to the reason for the GoFundMe I have setup. There is a very long waiting list for Federal funded rehabilitation services and the likelihood of getting Tyson into one anytime soon are slim to none. Tyson's best chance is to get into a private inpatient rehabilitation facility and they are very expensive. I have called several and learned that $40000 is the typical figure for a 30 - 45 day inpatient detox and rehabilitation program. If I can get him into one in California, then Medicaid may pay for some of it, but I'm still working on sorting that out. I have no way of knowing if Tyson is enrolled in Medicaid or even has the required information to apply. It also isn't even certain that 30 days would be sufficient for Tyson. He likely is going to need a medically assisted detox as well as extensive counseling. I can't imagine what he has been going through these last few years but I think it may be too much to hope that 30 days will be enough to get him on a good foot.
I need your help. I am begging you for help.
I don't have the means to fund this on my own but I am going to do everything in my power to try and help him with or without the money. I would already be out there talking to him but, as some of you may know, the best way to get someone into rehabilitation is to get them to go in the moment. A promise made while I go and try to secure funds could be forgotten quickly. If I let him know that I am trying to get him into rehabilitation, he could move on to a different place where I have less chance of finding him. Also, the money will secure an interventionist provided by the rehabilitation facility that can help me convince Tyson to go.
Before donating, there are a couple of things you should know:
1) Please make no mistake, there is no certainty that Tyson will go. It has to be his choice, I can't force him. He has already been out of communication with his family so there isn't anything I can use as leverage to get him to go. I know that this may fail but I have to try.
2) If Tyson refuses to go, I will refund everyone's money. Likely some will have already been spent on the accompanying interventionist. If I end up getting more money than is needed, I will either use the money towards supporting Tyson as he transitions or refund a proportional amount of the leftover funds to you. You can let me know which you would prefer.
3) Tyson will never have access to any of the money being donated. I will handle any payments for services and will be happy to fully disclose an entire accounting to anyone who asks.
4) Tyson is worth saving and worth knowing that people still care about him. He has done some bad things in the past and hurt those he loves. But, he deserves another chance. By all indications, he has hit bottom and now is our best chance to save him.
5) None of the money from this fund will go towards any expenses I incur for myself. I will pay my own way and will also put in my own money as well. I will not profit financially in any way from this.
So here is my plan:
1) Beg everyone I can to help me with this.
2) Pick a suitable facility and coordinate a meeting with Tyson accompanied by the reporter and an interventionist. (If anyone wants to go with me, you would be welcome. Ultimately I will leave it to the interventionist's recommendation as to who should go but I imagine the more people that show up and show that they care about his well-being the better.)
3) Confront Tyson and get him to go to rehabilitation.
4) Once Tyson is rehabilitated he will need to be removed from the area. I currently live in the greater Cleveland area and am committed to helping him get back on his feet. I believe that I would be the best person to support him but if the interventionist felt a different situation would be better, and was a viable option, then we could do that instead.
I am happy to discuss this with anyone in person. Please reach out to me if you have any hesitancy or concerns.
Baron Feilzer firstname.lastname@example.org