Move Evicted Blind Students

$3,720 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 63 people in 17 months
On May 1 we got our eviction notice - 16 blind students had until May 31 to leave the student apartments we've  had for years.  The management would not renew our leases. 

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.
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Dear Friends and Supporters,
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.
If you want to follow our activities, please visit our website, www.blindinc.org and sign up for our free blog. If any of you locals would like to volunteer, please call us at 612-872-0100. You're the best!!!
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Bills, bills, bills - we're still paying them from the move. Thanks to those of you who donated. Anyone else who wants to help out? I'm going to take some pictures of the apartments next week and post them for all of you to see.
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So this is what total exhaustion feels like! We moved our students and their belongings to the new apartments by truck on Thursday, and their used furniture to storage and recycling on Friday. Since our new apartments are completely furnished, we now have furniture to give to graduates who are moving out on their own. Your generosity gets passed on. We're still wrapping things up, and appreciate your continuing support. Watch future postings for the rest of the story.
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We just raised our goal to $4,000. Costs are coming in higher: $3,000 for moving, $800 for bed linens, and more for disposing of furniture we no longer need and can't give away. Anyone still want to donate? Thanks to everyone who already has!
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Raised by 63 people in 17 months
Created May 3, 2017
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TM
$50
Tracy Mulholland
15 months ago

Good Luck David! Wishing you the best!

MG
$50
Matthew Gip
16 months ago

Good luck to the fellow BLIND Inc. students! This is a great opportunity and it will definitely open up new doors. They'll definitely enjoy the new apartments.

DS
$200
Donald Smith
17 months ago (Offline Donation)

Donald is a friend of Lexi Westerfield, one of our graduates. Her mother Susan already donated. Thanks so much!

$300
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17 months ago
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