REPAIR FUND FOR GYPSY
Hey everyone! Until recently we were homeless and staying with a friend. But we are truly blessed because recently somebody gifted us a used RV! Now we need help paying for repairs to make her roadworthy so we can start our permaculture adventure!!! :)
GoFundMe won't let me change the campaign link, so I am using my original link from my cob housing campaign:
About Gypsy, the RV Miracle
(This is Gypsy being towed to the repair shop a few weeks ago. This is the only photo I have of her so far. The one I used in the campaign pic above is from Google search)
I and my partner Izabel are permaculture enthusiasts who are planning to travel the United States visiting various permaculture teachers and locations, and doing an interview show about our adventures. A friend of ours gifted us an RV, but it needs some work to get it roadworthy. The RV is a 1984 Suncrest, 31ft, and we have named her "Gypsy". Gypsy needs a bunch of repair work including fixing the brakes, new starter, new battery, new cable, flushing transmission, doing a tuneup, flushing the coolant, and who knows what else. We need your help in helping us pay for the repair bill, which currently is around $2500.
How are we surviving and making ends meet now?
(This is the truck camper we are currently living in)
We are presently staying at a permaculture-based artist retreat that is still in its infant stages, known as "Dreamseed Collective". This is the first stop on our journey. We have become friends with the proprietor, Jodi, who has been kind enough to let us stay in a truck camper she has on the property. It is small, but warm at night and gives us at least a little bit of privacy. The camper has electric but we often we go inside the house and enjoy a meal and some lively conversation about spirutual, nature, and permaculture topics.
Exchanging farm-work for a warm place to stay
(Izabel helping Jodi dig the trench for laying cable to the Mothership)
We know that there has been extra expense that Jodi is incurring by us being here and we since we believe in energy-exchange-for-value, we have been trading sweat equity for our stay. This includes trimming thornbushes,
(I forgot to mention painting ;) Here is Izabel helping Jodi paint the bathroom in the main house)
dismantling and sorting large piles of wood and branches, digging trenches, gathering firewood, sweeping floors, washing dishes, turning compost, disposing of the trash, processing the recycling, hauling, carrying, fetching, and other general labor tasks. In addition, I have personally designed many artistic and creative solutions for the property based on permaculture and upcycle principles including:
* Removable wall as a divider for a small artist studio that bolts in for easy install or removal.
* Deepening the small creek that runs out back to allow easier gathering of water.
* Firewood shelter for keeping firewood dry outdoors on a budget, using garbage bags, duct tape, and some fallen cedar branches.
(Here's the firewood drying shelter I built. Now there can always be dry firewood by the firepit!)
Helping Jodi realize her dream for "Dreamseed"
To show our appreciation for her hospitality and to help grow her dream of seeing Dreamseed Collective blossom, we will be giving Jodi a small portion of the proceeds.
(Jodi welcoming us to Dreamseed Collective. This project has so much potential for greatness!)
Miss Kitty and Zany also need your help
There are many spirits -- animal, plant, mineral and otherwise -- which reside out on the property. But the two we see the most, are Izabel's cat "Miss Kitty" and Jodi's cat "Zany". They can be friendly, but also have that classic independent streak of "cat-titude" ;) They appreciate all your help and support also, as a portion of your contributions will also be going to cat food also.
The beginning a of a beautiful Permaculture Adventure
We hope you have enjoyed reading our story. If you want to know more, follow my blog at:
Thanks again for visiting our GoFundMe campaign. Please donate as much as you can and help us spread the word about the sustainability, practicality, spirituality and love that is permaculture!!! :)
Love and Blessings,
Eric & Izabel ... & Miss Kitty ... & Gypsy ;)
Hey guys! I know it's been around 9 months since I last posted and a lot of things have happened since then. So, in the spirit of tying up loose ends I wanted to let you all know what happened with Gypsy.
We never were able to raise any more than $139 in donations, which translates to about $111 after GoFundMe takes their cut. However, with the blessings of Spirit and your prayers and good wishes, despite all the naysayers, we received a huge blessing.
After 1 month of actively campaigning for donations online and especially via social media, I was begginning to grow discouraged at the prospects of being able to pay the remainder on Gypsy's repair bills. We talked to a guy who was a benefactor that Salvation Army put us in touch with. Salvation Army has people with money who sign up to help folks in need with a one-time contribution. He got our information from us then never got back to us. But, owing to my guidance from Spirit, I did not pursue the matter too hard. Within the same week we moved back to Portland and began staying with my mom. The second day there we contacted and met with the Mormon church. In 2013 I was guided to give my last $1000 in my bank account to the Mormon church, though I was not a mormon. Weird right? But, I had learned to listen to the advice of Spirit no matter how weird or illogical, because the fruits of my actions under Spirit's guidance were amazing! I inquired with church representatives whether they could help me in my time of need with finances to either wholly or partially resolve Gypsy's debt. Unfortunately, they said it wasn't very likely, but they would push it up the ladder. I followed up about a week later and they said the Mormon church could not help me, but gave no real reason.
As you can imagine, I was starting to despair, but the whole time I kept having faith that Spirit would guide me to the solution. Well, Spirit came through! Miracle of miracles, my brother offered to pay the repair bill and let Izabel and I live on his ranch near Boring, Oregon. Thank you Spirit!!! Be blessed and be praised!!!
Of course I accepted my brother's offer. Izabel and I went back to Washington, paid the repair shop in-full, fueled up Gypsy, and drove her down to Oregon. I was blessed to be able to live in peace and safety on my brother's property from May to October of 2015. Izabel and I have since taken different paths in life and gone our separate ways. I currently am living with a wonderful woman whom I met at the publisher I recently contracted with.
Although this campaign was not technically a "success", it showed the universe that I was serious about manifesting this particular goal and since I put forth the effort, the Universe met me half-way.
BIG THANKS to all the wonderful friends, family, and aquaintances who helped make this small dream a reality, including:
Daniel Kennedy, Zeborah Loray, Jeremy Mikush, Rebecca Cope, Izabel DeWick, and of course MOM.
Believe in the natural goodness of people and the magical power of the Universe.
Love and Blessings
So Mote It Be
I got some good news and I got some bad news.
Bad news first:
We haven't raised anywhere near the amount we need to pay for Gypsy. I'm not even sure we ever will, what with all my friends seeming to be in unfortunate financial states of flux. I wish I could financially help each and every one of them, because they are all good friends and family. That's what hurts even more about being in my current financial situation.
The good news:
I wanted to be able to post a huge amount, demonstrating an outpouring of support from friends and family, as well as community and those who believe in our project; that is why I have been waiting to post this update. But, it is what it is, and we are thankful for the help we have gotten so far. Thus, I would like to announce that I made a Chase QuickPay payment today of $150 to Dynamic Diesel. Here is what that means:
Original Repair Balance: $1772.31
- First payment made: $400.00
- Second payment (2015.04.03) $120.00
CURRENT REMAINING BALANCE: 1252.31
(BTW, I've seen that people are more likely to give if there are pics of cute babies and animals, so I've included the best of both: randomly placed pics of cute baby animals, for your enjoyment. ;)
Now that doesn't count the gas, food, rent and such that we will need after we pay for her. And, as much as I was hoping this would be an awesome example of what to do right in a fundraiser, I honestly don't know if we are going to make our goal. I'm still hoping for the best. In the meantime, I'm trying to get Social Security Disability for all the years I worked before the IBS because as severe as it is today. But, even if that is successful, I still NEED a way to contine to support myself. I have all kinds of ideas about different LOVEY-DOVEY, PEACE-AND-HARMONY, and psychic type services that I would like to make up the core of how I make a living, and support myself. However, at this point, I think I may need to just get a job that will pay the bills.
Let me reiterate, as in the past: If you have ever been poor and homeless then you have some idea of what we are going through. If you've never been homeless, just try to put yourself in our position for a moment. Things you take for granted like toilet paper a warm shower can be a struggle to find.
I was tempted to use that $120 to buy a few nights in a motel for Izabel and I because we are currently staying with a relative who is at risk of being kicked out. But I decided not to do that, because despite how great our need is at the moment, you intended your donations to go for helping pay for Gypsy's repairs, so that's what I'm using them for.
Currently, then, the total balance in the Gypsy repair fund after making that $120 payment $0. If you are able to, please contribute to our fund. Times are tough for us right now and despite my IBS I'm doing my best to try to bring in some income, but nothing has panned out yet. Excuse me a minute while a cuss and scream at the top of my lungs ....
As always, thanks for all you beautiful people that have helped so far. We need more donations, we are nowhere near our goal, and we appreciate everyone's contributions.
Love and Blessings,
Not much text for this one. The video says it all. Thanks again for your support!
Love and Blessings,
I will be looking for work, as it turns out my friend does not have a job lined up after all. My IBS and chronic hemorrhoid pain continues to act up as Im typing this. But, one thing that has kept me going is your love and support.
Please spread the word about my campaign. We are now truly homeless. We are planning to stay at my Moms for a night or two, but afterwards, if we cannot find shelter right away, we may end up roughing it in the woods.
Your donations and love have truly been a blessing!! I managed to upload a VIDEO yesterday tocthank you and update you on Gypsy's current status. Hope you like it.
Love and blessings,