Otis Johnson's Home Fund

$7,234 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 189 people in 24 months
This fundraiser is to help Otis Johnson help himself and the community he cares so deeply about.

The funds will go into his Home Fund as he is connected with social workers that can help him find a good place to live.

He has lived in a shelter and a halfway house since August 2014.

He has faced severe adversity, discrimination and injustice his entire life and has only met that with love, kindness and an open heart.

Please help Otis help himself.

Thank you very much.
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Hi everybody and thank you all so very very very much for the generosity and kind words. We couldn't be happier with how the fundraiser is going!! So sorry about the lack of updates but here's a new video from Otis and I.

Link to book draft trailer is: http://vimeo.com/216949577
Thank you video from Otis
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Hi everybody, we couldn't be happier with how well the fundraiser has kicked off. Almost at 10% of the goal, thank you very much! Please check out the video update and donate and share the love! Otis needs a lot of help to get himself into a position where he can help and sustain himself. Peace & Love!
Otis Johnson - Kung Fu & Tai Chi
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Again! Me and Otis couldn't be happier with how the fundraiser has started but we're still far from reaching the goal of getting Otis out of the shelter and into a home. Here's a short film about the work Otis does at Harlem Restoration Project and what he talks about when he visits with students that aspire to work in the criminal justice system. Otis deeply appreciates all the love and support he's gotten. Please keep the love coming, tis the season :) Peace!
Harlem Restoration Project
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Thank you message from Otis

We're thrilled that the fundraiser has kicked off so well. Thank you all!
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Julia A. Donyina
19 months ago

Hello Kari, I'd like to help Otis out. Do you think there's a way to communicate with him directly? Through the phone or Skype? I am actually willing to pay for his individual room. Can you please get in touch with me asap? Thank you Kari!

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Boris Zygmunt
23 months ago
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Thanks for you reply Kari. I wish i could do more to help Otis as his story is really touching. I live half way across the world so can only make a donation at this point in time to help but i'm glad that he has people like you close by to him who are trying to help him and make life a little easier for him!

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Jan Peersn
20 months ago
2
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Hi Kari, I would still like one more little proof that this go fund me is the real one. Would it maybe be possible that you make a short video standing together with Otis saying that this is the official channel, and upload it as an update on here ?

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Boris Zygmunt
23 months ago
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Hi, How can we be sure that the money will go to Otis Johnson. When searching for the go fund me page to donate to this gentleman i saw another go fund me page which is apparently set up by an 'Otis Johnson'. How do we know which one of these 2 accounts is real and that the money raised is actually going to Otis Johnson and not to a fraudster. I don't mean this in a rude way and all the best to you if the money is actually going to Otis Johnson.

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Kari Bjorn Þorleifsson
23 months ago
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Hi Boris and thank you for raising this question. The other fundraiser was set up in dec 2015 by Otis and a social worker at the shelter. Unfortunately (in my own opinion) it wasn't followed up enough. Both of these accounts are real but the other one has not been active for a year and Otis received the funds raised from that one. Me and Otis have been working together, mostly with photography but recently with video. The still images in the videos have been made by us in the past 15 months and for me to have control over the short film updates to the fundraiser, my email account has to be registered. Once the goal is reached I will hand over control to Otis and he will transfer the funds to his checking account. It is my understanding that many GoFundMe fundraisers are not conducted by the actual person/group/organization that is in need of help. Thank you again, hopefully my answer is sufficient.

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Jenny Ortega
11 months ago

Sorry didn't finish gelp you edit and publish your book so you can have your inspiration and legacy help you financially too. God bless yoi

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Cynthia Du'Reno Harmon
3 months ago

to contact MR JOHNSON CALL 347-993-4685

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Jean Akol
11 months ago

Can someone put me in touch with Otis Johnson, I visit NewYork quite often and wouldn't mind to spend an entire day just talking to him. I was really touched by his story and I think he is a big inspiration to just anyone. I wish him all the very best.

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Kari Bjorn Þorleifsson
20 months ago

@Jan P Sure, we can do that, we're due for an update. Thank you all for the donations and kind words!

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Kari Bjorn Þorleifsson
23 months ago

Thank you very much Boris, please share this fundraiser if you can as well, all the best, Kari Bjorn

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$10
Mahiya Habib
2 days ago

Mr. Otis Johnson, you are incredible. The corrupt justice system has caused you so much strife and injustice, yet you remained strong and selfless. Best wishes in all that you do.

$235
lorraine lambert
10 days ago

Happy to help Mr Otis!

$20
Anonymous
17 days ago
$250
LORRAINE LAMBERT
2 months ago

Mr Johnson, it's Lorraine Lambert. I'll be adding an amount each month for you. Very best wishes and good luck for the future.

$50
Anonymous
3 months ago
MB
$10
Morgan Baker
4 months ago

Bismillah Alrahman Alraheem There are no words that can convey and impress upon people the magnitude and scope of this extremely tragic life story. I cannot begin to fathom what Mr. Johnson has had to, and still has to, endure. There is no doubt in my mind that what Otis says is true. It sickens me that a person's fate and outcome of life can be held in the hands of a few......these few people who allowed prejudice, ignorance and race to be the lens in which they viewed the world and guided their actions. Its good to see that Otis harbors no ill will and was able to cope with his incarceration through spiritual means. I pray to Allah for you Mr. Johnson and that you may find health, happiness and good fortune for the rest of your life. Bismillah Alrahman Alraheem Salaam Alaikum Stay easy Otis, Morgan

Julia A. Donyina
19 months ago

Hello Kari, I'd like to help Otis out. Do you think there's a way to communicate with him directly? Through the phone or Skype? I am actually willing to pay for his individual room. Can you please get in touch with me asap? Thank you Kari!

+ Read More
Boris Zygmunt
23 months ago
3
3

Thanks for you reply Kari. I wish i could do more to help Otis as his story is really touching. I live half way across the world so can only make a donation at this point in time to help but i'm glad that he has people like you close by to him who are trying to help him and make life a little easier for him!

+ Read More
Jan Peersn
20 months ago
2
2

Hi Kari, I would still like one more little proof that this go fund me is the real one. Would it maybe be possible that you make a short video standing together with Otis saying that this is the official channel, and upload it as an update on here ?

+ Read More
Boris Zygmunt
23 months ago
2
2

Hi, How can we be sure that the money will go to Otis Johnson. When searching for the go fund me page to donate to this gentleman i saw another go fund me page which is apparently set up by an 'Otis Johnson'. How do we know which one of these 2 accounts is real and that the money raised is actually going to Otis Johnson and not to a fraudster. I don't mean this in a rude way and all the best to you if the money is actually going to Otis Johnson.

+ Read More
Kari Bjorn Þorleifsson
23 months ago
1
1

Hi Boris and thank you for raising this question. The other fundraiser was set up in dec 2015 by Otis and a social worker at the shelter. Unfortunately (in my own opinion) it wasn't followed up enough. Both of these accounts are real but the other one has not been active for a year and Otis received the funds raised from that one. Me and Otis have been working together, mostly with photography but recently with video. The still images in the videos have been made by us in the past 15 months and for me to have control over the short film updates to the fundraiser, my email account has to be registered. Once the goal is reached I will hand over control to Otis and he will transfer the funds to his checking account. It is my understanding that many GoFundMe fundraisers are not conducted by the actual person/group/organization that is in need of help. Thank you again, hopefully my answer is sufficient.

+ Read More
Jenny Ortega
11 months ago

Sorry didn't finish gelp you edit and publish your book so you can have your inspiration and legacy help you financially too. God bless yoi

+ Read More
Cynthia Du'Reno Harmon
3 months ago

to contact MR JOHNSON CALL 347-993-4685

+ Read More
Jean Akol
11 months ago

Can someone put me in touch with Otis Johnson, I visit NewYork quite often and wouldn't mind to spend an entire day just talking to him. I was really touched by his story and I think he is a big inspiration to just anyone. I wish him all the very best.

+ Read More
Kari Bjorn Þorleifsson
20 months ago

@Jan P Sure, we can do that, we're due for an update. Thank you all for the donations and kind words!

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Kari Bjorn Þorleifsson
23 months ago

Thank you very much Boris, please share this fundraiser if you can as well, all the best, Kari Bjorn

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