Grimassi Post-Fire Support Fund

$23,818 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 465 people in 16 months
Created June 29, 2017
Beloved pagan and Witchcraft elders and teachers Raven and Stephanie Grimassi suffered a terrible loss this past week when a sudden, accidental fire devastated their home and business. Without a place to live, and with nothing but the clothes on their backs, the Grimassis are in need of support and assistance from the community in order to rebuild and move forward.

The Grimassis have run the online store Raven’s Loft for many years, along with the Ash, Birch, and Willow online school, and Raven is a well-known author of numerous books on the Craft, including Italian Witchcraft, Wiccan Mysteries, The Witch’s Craft, The Cauldron of Memory, and many others.

While insurance should cover the damage to the structure, and the eventual repairs, the house is currently uninhabitable and the Grimassis expect to be displaced from their home for six months to upwards of a year. Their main source of income, the Raven’s Loft online store, is inoperable. While Raven is an author and public speaker and teacher, this tragedy is sure to disrupt and limit his writing and teaching time as well, and therefore his income.

Facing the loss of a lifetime of memories and having to start over at a point in your life when many are making retirement plans, and without a regular income, is an overwhelming situation. The Grimassis have helped so many others through troubling times and now they find themselves on the receiving end, humbly turning to the community for help.

Since it is critical for the Grimassis to cover their month-to-month expenses while they are getting back on their feet, this fundraiser looks to help cover the cost of their mortgage and some monthly bills, as well as initial replacement of essentials like clothing and personal items, while they are working to restore their home and business, out of respect for their important work in our spiritual communities.

We’re seeking an amount of approximately $2,500 per month, for a minimum fundraiser of $15,000 for six months, upwards of $30,000 to cover things for an entire year, if necessary. Donations in any amount are welcome and even if you are unable to donate, you can contribute by helping us to spread the word about this fundraiser. Thank you for your thoughts, donations, and support during this most difficult time.
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UPDATE ON THE HOUSE FIRE. The Grimassi house is still under reconstruction. Unfortunately, the construction company is three months behind in completion of the project. The original projected date for completion was June 2018, but workers have said it may be as late as September at this point.

The insurance coverage for the Grimassis's temporary rental home ends in June. This means Raven and Stephanie will have no place to move to, as they cannot afford to pay both the mortgage and cost of the rental. It also means they will have to put their business in storage as they work the online store from the rental house, which will mean a loss of monthly income.

It is more important now than ever that the GoFundMe goal is reached. Any donation amount is helpful and appreciated and, if you cannot donate, please share this fundraiser in order to help elders in the pagan community. Raven and Stephanie are very appreciative of your support in this time of great need.
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Deep and heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contributed to this fundraiser: You have helped to ease a difficult time for the Grimassis as they attend to everything involved in salvaging what they can from their home and preparing for the eventual repair work.

As you can see from these photos they have shared with us, the damage is extensive, and much of the interior of the house will need to be gutted and reconstructed. Your contributions have given Raven and Stephanie fewer things to worry about and for that, I thank you on their behalf. Please spread the word about this fundraiser as widely as you can as we go forward and many thanks once again!
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$23,818 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 465 people in 16 months
Created June 29, 2017
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