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Help Kia and her kids get a new start

$4,395 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 75 people in 3 months
Created December 14, 2018
Meet Kia, Eden (1)  and Royalty (5).

 I met them in the laundromat when I was washing my comforter a litte over a week ago. In the middle of our conversation I realized my machine was the only one operating. "Are you doing laundry here? " I asked her. No, she told me, they were homeless, just getting out of the cold.

Kia left her home in Kansas City and came to Atlanta to start a new life. Things didn't work out as she had hoped, and she wound up sleeping in friends' cars.

To make a long story short,  I brought them into my house, with the intention of putting them into a room above my studio. The long-term plan is to get her a job, secure daycare (there are social and charity services for that, get her on the food stamp program, get her a dependable used car, and her own place. 

I don't know how anybody pulls himself out of poverty without  help.  How much  more  impossible is it if you are  a mother of two young kids with zero support.

Kia is smart, self-motivated and affectionate toward her children. She has a plan and she needs a hand; she was dealt a bad one. Please contribute. Let’s see if we can change a life.
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Thanks again, everyone! Especially for loving me and you all don’t even know me.
I’m from the roughest part of Kansas City, MO. Where crime is at a all time high. Friends I grew up with even family don’t make it out or get old. There’s not much support for us or safety for anyone. Living in Kansas City is hell especially if you don’t have a sense of direction. Not even the slightest bit of guidance can be dangerous in any situation. I just keep praying. Stuck between a rock and a hard place just wanting out. In my life it’s deeper than what’s even around me. I’ve dealt with corruption from Missouri Child Protective Services. Gang violence , sexual assault! Not only escaping a Narcissistic Mother and family, to fall back in for survival. My heart cry’s out. I’m just so happy thanks to Margaret someone listened. Just pray Gods hand stretch down pick up me and my children and remove us completely from the pain. This can’t be life for me. Yes! I’m young 24 a mother. Found myself looking for love and support in the wrong place until it taught me I’m more than that. I always thought when will I matter when will somebody understand. All the mugs in the streets, undesired opinions ridicule I’ve seen was enough to destroy me if God didn’t have my spirit in his hands. I’m really asking for prayers.
Pray hard for me and my children. Pray hard that I continue on and fully devote to my calling of the Lord and for strength and protection. I will never forget you. Miles away from my home people gave me love I never felt in 24years of my entire life. Sexually abused by my mother husband started at 4. She tried to take my children in 2014. They use to kick me in and out the house. Never knew the proper way to love until I met God. I’m growing and learning each day. Situations like these are such a amazing impact and they give me such hope. Everything I felt start too become the lies and I see the truth. Don’t forget about me. Love y’all. ❤️
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Hello’s from my daughter Liberty and Niece Kamora.
So happy to be back with them ❤️
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Thank you! Everyone. The donations kept me and the kids safe and feed for as long as it could.
Royalty was in school before we left and I had 3 job offers. I still needed Eden in childcare his application was pending and taking longer than I anticipated. It was getting a bit overwhelming for Margret having to wait because it was a lot for us to be there for her. It wasn’t a problem getting the things done it’s just misunderstood that stuff actually does take time. Instead of losing a friend in her my children grew to love I took money and went back home something I never planned to do. Her friend that I ever met was asking for my social security and things over the phone not understanding what I’ve been though and been in a vulnerable state at the time I couldn’t bare to do something that can set me and my children back or risk they freedom. I met a guy when I first got there as well as Margaret. I left also due to sexual abuse and been stalked by him after he began helping me. Trying to control the situation everything blew over. I was always in a state of paranoia couldn’t really even think clearly but for our safety wasn’t never hard for me to do. I have been through so much with my family and even trying to branch off and start over. It’s taught me a lot. One thing I’ve learned for sure is, sometimes what you believe is best for someone else could be what’s simply best for you. We don’t know what it feels like been in someone else shoes. Sometimes God calls you to just be there. Thanks to everyone. We was fed , safe, clothed , warm and showed real care and love it means the world to me.
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An update on Kia and her kids...
On a freezing day this past December I met Kia and her two little boys in a laundromat, where they were taking shelter from the cold. Long story short, I made a place for them in the unfinished room above my studio. It has gas heat and a refrigerator. There is no plumbing so they had to come into my house to use the bathroom and laundry. I gave Kia the key to my home.

Our objective was ambitious: to get Royalty, her 5 year old, into school, get Eden, her 1 year old, into daycare, get food stamps, get Kia a job and an apartment, and eventually get her a used vehicle so she wouldn't have to rely on the buses and train system here in Atlanta, while pushing a stroller and having a 5 year old tag along behind her. I started a Go-Fund-Me page and the response was overwhelming: $4300 in only days from mostly you generous people who read my blog.

I helped Kia open a checking account with Wells Fargo, into which all the Go-Fund-Me donations were directly deposited. She now has a debit card to purchase all the daily necessities like diapers and train fares.

To update you two months later: a promised job never materialized, neither did food stamps or daycare. There was one opportunity which came to us. A dear artist friend who takes classes from me on Wednesdays has spent the last 30 years working with the homeless. She had connections who could channel Kia through a system that would have enabled her to receive job training and placement, child care and shelter. Kia declined, "I don't want no caseworkers." Kia left Atlanta this week to return to her home in Kansas City. But your money kept these children safe and warm during the cold days.

I received this text from Kia the day after she left, "We almost there. I got a job at greenies. Eden will go to my aunt daycare and I'm transferring Royalty school. I will be living with my sister until apartments call me I'm doing my apps next week. Thank you."

I want to thank all of you who so generously gave.
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Raised by 75 people in 3 months
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