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Trans-refugee trying to get a hold of life in a new state.

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I'm Kora (she/her), a silly and fun trans woman from the "sweaty armpit" of West Texas, who has been facing the many of the difficulties of being Transgender brings with it. After being laid off and experiencing rejection from my family upon coming out as a transgender woman, I made the courageous decision to start anew in Minneapolis. Over the past 300 days, I've made significant strides in rebuilding my life, but the challenge of homelessness persists. I have spent almost a full year living in my car, and with your support, I can overcome this hurdle and transition into stable housing.


I am asking for funds, connections, and any advice you can spare for me. Your generosity will directly contribute to covering my essential expenses such as food and gas, allowing me to prioritize saving rent within the next two months so that I too can have a safe and secure place to call home. Every donation, no matter the amount, makes a difference in rewriting the next chapter of my life.


Some more about me and how I got to where I am:

For the past several years, I've dedicated myself to caring for an elderly family member while navigating the challenges of my life. When the pandemic hit, my job as a limo/event bus driver vanished, thrusting me into a cycle of odd jobs and delivery driving to make ends meet, all while grappling with sobriety and mental health battles.

In early 2023, just before celebrating my one-year sobriety milestone (Mar. 17), a stroke of luck led me to a job as an in-house graphics artist, despite my lack of formal training. Around the same time, I summoned the courage to publically embrace my true identity as a trans woman at the age of 28. My luck had appeared to finally turn around until it came time to ome out to my family. The reaction from my family to my coming out was not just unsupportive, but downright devastating.

On top of all that, the same week, news of our company's acquisition surfaced, resulting in mass layoffs, including myself. What followed were weeks of despair, culminating in my voluntary admission to an inpatient psychiatric facility for nearly 11 days. It was there that I confronted the reality of starting afresh, with no savings and nowhere to call home.

In the midst of this upheaval, I made the bold decision to relocate to Minneapolis, drawn by its reputation for inclusivity and opportunities. On July 8th, after an emotionally turbulent journey, I arrived in Minneapolis, setting up temporary residence in a Walmart parking lot.

Over 300 days have passed since then, marked by both challenges and victories. Securing healthcare for the first time, beginning my medical transition, and committing to therapy have been significant milestones. I've also made strides in improving my physical health, securing meaningful part-time employment, and formulating plans for stable housing.

However, the specter of homelessness still looms large. Despite my best efforts, living out of my car has proven to be a constant struggle. High food and gas expenses, coupled with unforeseen car repairs, have hindered my progress towards securing permanent housing. While Minnesota offers a range of social services, many are tailored to specific demographics, leaving individuals like myself without adequate support.

With careful budgeting, I've identified viable housing options by late April/Early May, but I need assistance bridging the gap. By alleviating the financial burden of food and gas, I can prioritize saving for rent and finally transition out of homelessness.

Last month, I celebrated my two-year sobriety milestone, a testament to my resilience and determination. Despite my current circumstances, I remain steadfast in my commitment to this journey of self-discovery and authenticity. Your support, both in words and actions, will not only be appreciated but will also propel me forward as I embark on the next chapter of my life.

Thank you for considering my story and extending a helping hand during this challenging time.
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Kora Hendley
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Champlin, MN

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