Gal-Or/ Grossman - Moving East

$5,400 of $1 goal

Raised by 74 people in 55 months
"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope."

~Thomas Merton

 
Dear Friends,

Life in Tucson is coming to a close.  In so many ways, coming to Tucson was a profound mistake—and yet with each challenge experienced, I was able to grow and learn.  I was truly able to find the gifts within the challenges. Now it has become clear that Aryeh, Dovi, and I need to move back to the East Coast where we have stronger roots, beloved friends, and amazing communities that we love and love us in return.

Unfortunately, the congregation that brought me to Tucson also made the decision to eliminate my position due to their declining membership and school enrollment.  That means that my sons and I were left here without the financial ability to return to where we are most comfortable. Moving to Tucson was a leap of faith for us, and it just didn’t work.

Professionally, I have been struggling, but I have found a niche doing some caregiving since losing my job; it hasn’t been easy, but I have been able to sustain our family for the most part.  But even my current position will be coming to an end shortly because the man I am caring for will soon need 24 hour care in a facility.

While I am still unsure of where we will ultimately end up, I am blessed that a good friend has offered us her second home outside Charlottesville, Virginia.  We are excited that this will bring the boys and I much closer to where we belong.  Professionally, I have begun looking for positions in Charlottesville, but I know that just being on the East Coast will open me up to more potential positions in the Jewish Community.  By living closer to potential positions, I have a better chance of being invited in to the interview process.  The Temple I worked for chose to tell me in late May that I no longer have a job, which was too late in the Education world to be looking for work.  And in truth, I also realize it is time to explore new opportunities that can use my organizational skills, social service leanings, and/or my love of writing. I am really quite open to what my next step may look like.

People have been asking me how they can help during this tough time.  Along the same lines, some of those friends have also encouraged me to go a step further and actually ask for help from my amazing network.  It is hard to be truly honest about this, but here goes: We need financial support so we can move back to the East Coast as well as manage the initial living costs until I find a position.  At this point, I will be selling many of our belongings to make moving things easier.  I know that it cost me almost $10,000 to move from Bowie, Maryland to Tucson, Arizona just over 2 years ago.  I made the move as inexpensive as possible.  I am now trying to cut our moving expenses as much as possible by getting rid of most of our furniture and many of our other possessions as well.  So far, it looks like we will be able to move for far less because I have learned a lot more about how to cut corners, and many friends are willing to help with the physical move.

Go Fund Me is one way that you can help us make this happen.  Even if you are unable to help financially, visioning, prayers, and sharing our story are welcome.

Know that I appreciate you; if you feel inclined to give any amount large or small, the Gal-Or/Grossman clan would be grateful. 

Thanks in advance for anything you do and for being in our lives.

With love and light,

Chava (and the guys)
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Our scheduled date for Moving East is December 1st! Our house is emptying out! We have sold or given away a ton of our belongings and we have a storage space for the short term too.

We really are feeling grateful in every way. This fund has made it possible to move. While we aren't feeling really secure financially just yet, we are hopeful that all will be ok.

Over the coming days we will continue to share photos as more and more corners are emptying out.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Love and light to all!
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Moving forward.
Box by box.
December 2 is our proposed moving date.
Just starting to find out about jobs on the East Coast and even one in the DC area.

Step by step - with your help we are getting there. Praying, hoping, moving forward. . . .

Thank everyone who has donated and to those who are still planning to donate.

Thank you to those of you that are really wishing us well and hanging on for our journey.
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Moving forward.
Box by box.
December 2 is our proposed moving date.
Just starting to find out about jobs on the East Coast and even one in the DC area.

Step by step - with your help we are getting there. Praying, hoping, moving forward. . . .

Thank everyone who has donated and to those who are still planning to donate.

Thank you to those of you that are really wishing us well and hanging on for our journey.
Every space is a work in progress. :)
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Thank you, thank you, thank you. . . .Each day I am touched and surprised that we are being helped as we are.

With the Go Fund Me fund, we are now believing we can make it back east.

For those of you that haven't read the post, the guys and I are initially heading to Charlottesville, VA - where a close friend is letting us live in her second home for as long as we need/want. From there, I will work towards securing a position near Charlottesville or perhaps somewhere on the East Coast.

I can share more if you want to ask.

Thanks for your consideration. Prayers and visioning are welcome too.

Blessings and light to all!
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Raised by 74 people in 55 months
Created October 24, 2014
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Blessings, safe travels dear one.

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BLESSINGS ON YOUR JOURNEY MY WEIRD SISTAH

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May your move bring many positive changes.

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