Move Evicted Blind Students
Our students aren't just everyday people who can find another place to live. They're part of our Orientation to Blindness Program, learning independence skills through BLIND, Inc., our training center in Minneapolis, and they need to live together, support each other, and get their questions answered by our onsite staff.
Why the forced move? Economics. Turning affordable apartments into high rent ones and displacing people who can't afford $2,000 or more per month. It's happening everywhere. But no tears shed - the apartments weren't in the best shape, and they weren't wheelchair accessible.
We thought ahead and got ahead of the changes we knew were coming. One of our graduates works in a dormitory-style apartment building near the University of Minnesota. She thought it would be a great place for our students to live, and we agreed. After a lot of negotiating, we got a decent price.
The problem is, our rents went up, and so did the damage deposits. It's going to cost us a lot more, but our students (see picture) are worth it. The new place has furnished two, three, and four bedroom apartments with in-apartment washer, dryer, and dishwasher, a bathroom for each student, basic cable, and Wi-Fi. There's a computer study room, exercise room, and other common areas in the building.
The cost of the move has hit us like a ton of bricks, and we need your help! Can Stephanie, Rachel, Dominic, David, and our other students count on you? Your money will go for moving expenses and to help defray the high cost of damage deposits. We've got to move on June 1st, so anything you donate will go to work immediately.
My name is Dick Davis, and I work for BLIND, Inc., where your money will go. If you share your contact information, we'll give you a tax deductible receipt, since we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Learn more about us at www.blindinc.org.
With your help, our students were able to move into attractive new housing in the Stadium View Apartments near the University of Minnesota. Your donations paid for the cost of moving, including boxes, two U-Haul trucks to move the students' personal items, and two moving trucks and teams from Two Men and a Truck. Since the new apartments came furnished, we put the furniture from the old apartments in storage. Now whenever one of our students graduates, we can give them free furniture for a place of their own, saving them approximately $1,000 each. So your donations made more than one thing possible. Our students love their new place and asked me to thank you all again for your generosity.
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