Single mom with twins needs help

Dear Community,

We write to you to ask for support for a local single mother and her twin 3 year old girls. For their safety, we need to keep her identity anonymous but we'd like to share a few things about her, her situation and her immediate needs so you'll know how even a small donation can make a huge difference for this family.  

She is a hardworking and dedicated mother, gifted artist and compassionate human being who has, due to unforeseen and unfortunate life circumstances, found herself in a situation that is very hard to get out of.

Her immediate need is safe and stable housing as their only other option right now is short term at a women's shelter. Once she has a home she can begin to rebuild her life.

 Here's how you can help!  

1. Home
This is top priority. Our goal is to raise enough funds to provide her with 6 months of housing plus a security deposit at $1000/month =  $7,000

2. Vehicle
We would love to get her a working vehicle plus 1 year of insurance and registration = $3,000.

This will make it so much easier for her to work during the limited time her girls will be in preschool, as traveling by bus to get her kids to and from school would eat up all that precious time.

3. Childcare/Preschool
We want to cover 3 months of tuition for preschool for the girls so she can transition back to work = $2400 ($400/month per child)

Because of their previous unsafe living situation and because her girls have never been without her, they are going to need extra time to acclimate to a preschool environment.

She has been trapped in a vicious cycle: in order to afford preschool she has to work, but in order to work, the twins have to already be in preschool!  If we can cover a few months to allow them to transition this will set all three of them up for success.

If you can't contribute financially, please consider any of the following ways to support her:

- Temporary housing / house-sitting opportunities

- Donation of a working vehicle, or help finding one

- Job opportunities - Any opportunity to work during the hours her children are in preschool, or any jobs that would allow her to bring her girls with her.

Thank you for considering helping this sweet family. They are so grateful for your support. Please know that no donation is too small. Every penny counts!


Maya Kokatay and Shawn Jacobson

(Special thanks to Katie M. Berggren for sharing the lovely painting above. Her work can be found at


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Maya Kokatay 
Ojai, CA
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