Help Maria and her Grandchildren

$6,935 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 178 people in 5 months
Created October 13, 2018
On August 8, 2018, María Sarabia was discharged from her position at Service Management Group (SMG) cleaning Freeman Athletic Center at Wesleyan University. Before she was abruptly and unjustly discharged, María had been working at Wesleyan for nine years as a custodial worker with SMG for sixteen years. María is a fifty-five year old woman with documented high blood pressure issues and diabetes. She is the primary guardian, caretaker, and source of income for her four grandchildren.

At the time of her dismissal, SMG alleged that María was sleeping on the job. When she was confronted around 6:45 AM, María had been sitting and drinking coffee in order to get her blood sugar up. María was instantly terminated without severance. Normally, a worker in this situation is given a warning and suspended for three days, but María was not suspended, and never had been in the past. Upon being fired, María immediately went to her union, SEIU Local 32BJ, for support. María has filed a grievance through the union but it is currently in the process of arbitration, which can take years. At this time, María has been out of work for two months.

As a result of her dismissal, María was unable to make rent for the month of October and was served an eviction notice on October 12th.  The notice gives Maria, her husband (Marcial Ramirez), her daughter, and her four grandchildren until the 19th of October to vacate the premises. At the current moment, we are unsure if the eviction would be cancelled if she was able to pay rent or if she has no option but to find another home. If Maria was evicted, she could potentially lose custody of her grandchildren. As of right now, we are working on getting her accommodations through the ADA to extend her eviction date because Maria and several of her grandchildren have disabilities. The purpose of this fundraiser is to either get her enough money to pay this month's rent and stop her eviction or to get her family enough money for a security deposit and the first month's rent on a new apartment.
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Great news everyone! María has been able to find a new apartment. Let's keep donations coming, as María is still unemployed. The best way we can help María and her family moving forward is urging Service Management Group to offer her a comparable job. Send me (Emma Llano) a message if you would like to be involved in direct actions. Thank you all for your support!
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Hey everyone! A couple of updates: 1) Maria's landlord is refusing to allow them to stay even if they make rent for the month however 2) they cannot legally be evicted in the state of Connecticut unless they are ordered by a judge, which they have not been. They have until the 19th to vacate and if they don't their landlord can take them to court. We are in the process of finding Maria a lawyer to represent her in this case and hopefully stop her eviction. 3) We have reached our goal (we got a lot through venmo), but I have decided to raise it because we are unsure how long María will be out of a job and want to make sure she has some money to support her through this period. Keep please sharing and donating and keep an eye out for direct actions coming soon.
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Raised by 178 people in 5 months
Created October 13, 2018
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