Pictured: Nina, finally able to relax amongst friends!
I'm raising money for my friend, Whitney. The picture on the front of this campaign is me, I cannot put a picture of Whitney up because she left an extreme situation of domestic violence and it would not be safe to have her image out there so I put up a picture of her doggie, Nina.
Whitney did not fall in love with someone who was violent. She fell in love with a wonderful man who loved everything about her and made her feel fabulous. After about a year and a half, he abruptly became violent with her. We don't know why this change happened...but it did. Whitney packed up a suitcase and grabbed her dog Nina and went to stay with a relative. This relative, as it turns out, was a vet suffering from PTSD and lived in a rodent infested house. She quickly had to leave that situation and went to another relative's house. This house was safer but her relative was suffering from mental illness and Whitney quickly had to leave that relative, as well. It was then that Whitney realized she had no family that could or would help her and she came to Chicago where she has a great group of friends who love and support her. Unfortunately, we all are artists who do not have the money to help her as much as she needs right now.
The funds I am requesting on behalf of Whitney will be used to put a deposit down for an apartment for her and Nina.
When you are a victim of domestic violence, one of the most important things is having a safe place to live. Myself and her other friends are sheltering her in the meantime and, of course, making sure that both her and Nina are well fed and getting the support they need. Whitney has started therapy for domestic violence and is looking for work.
By contributing to Whitney's apartment deposit, you are helping a beautiful person who really just needs a little extra help right now so that she can get on her feet.
Whitney was teaching school in the state where she lived before coming home to Chicago. She would like to get her certification in Illinois so that she can teach special education elementary school children.
Please please consider even a very small amount to help a wonderful woman in a time of crisis.
Words cannot really explain how grateful I, as Whitney's friend, her other friends, and Whitney herself would be to have a community of people helping her on her way to a new life.
Thank you so much for reading this!