Help for Rosemary, our local crossing guard

$19,547 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 188 people in 6 months
Created February 5, 2019

Rosemary has been the local crossing guard at Broadview & Wolfrey for 5 years. She is an important part of the Montcrest Community, ensuring school children and local residents cross the street safely during the busy hours.

Rosemary is a lovely woman who makes an effort to smile and talk to everyone she encounters. The children and residents alike adore her and I often overhear them say to her "hi Rosemary!", "have a nice day!", "how are you Rosemary?".  But lately, Rosemary hasn't been able to smile as much; she is going through a very difficult time in her life.  Her husband is dying of cancer. Not only is she occupied with trying to find hospice care for her husband , but she is very worried about her financial and living situation after he passes away. Her husband was paying the rent, while she was paying for the other household expenses. They don't have life insurance, and she will be on her own to cover all expenses.

Currently, Rosemary is overwhelmed trying to find ways to pay the rent, and eventually find affordable housing and steady work (in addition to her current job as a crossing guard) that will allow her to make ends meet in the future. I have reached out to the Montcrest  community and lot of people want to help her out. For this reason, I am asking for financial contributions. In addition, if you can help Rosemary find affordable housing or employment opportunities (evening work as a cleaner, warehouse worker, or doing data entry), it would be greatly appreciated.  

Your financial contributions will help provide Rosemary some financial security, and hopefully reduce some of her stress, during this very difficult time. 

Thank you for your generosity.

Thomas Bodor,

Montcrest Resident and Teacher at R.H. King Academy


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Correction: Broadview and Wolfrey (I often get it mixed up with Withrow)
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Rosemary is doing well and has settled into a new place at Main and Danforth. She moved in with a friend, and is now in the process of taking over her lease. Please say hi to her whenever you see her working at Broadview and Withrow. She also hangs out at Bridgepoint during the day between shifts.
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Rosemary's husband, Jim MacPhaden, passed away yesterday, February 28. May he rest in peace.
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I met with Rosemary at her home this evening to surprise her with the money we fundraised for her. It was a very heartfelt and exciting moment, and you can watch it by clicking on the link below (don't mind the poor audio-video sync, it's an issue my phone has).

She is going to share the good news with her husband tomorrow morning! He is very concerned for her welfare and this will surely bring him some joy and relief.

We had a lovely evening as we chatted for almost 3 hours. Despite all that is going on, Rosemary is doing well in preparing herself for this transition. This money is helping to alleviate a lot of the pressure and worry that she's been under.

Thank you all so much for your generosity! This page will remain open to accept further donations, so please keep sharing!

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Raised by 188 people in 6 months
Created February 5, 2019
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