Portraits To Save Jess!

$2,700 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 25 months
Rachel Mulder
on behalf of Jessica Poor
Hi Everyone,

My dear friend Jess is truly in danger and has been in crisis for years, struggling  to survive in Minneapolis with physical and mental health challenges, chronic pain, disability, poverty and isolation. These difficulties work together to exacerbate her dwindling wellbeing and I'm asking you to help my friend get back on her feet.


In 2015, after losing her house in Milwaukee, her family urged her to relocate to Minneapolis, promising their support. However, her family has refused to be a part of her life and have continued to remain unhelpful. 

Her health prevents her from being able to work and Jess must rely on meager assistance from the state, which is not enough to help her truly get back on her feet. Jess is isolated in the suburbs of Minneapolis with no friends and no one to help her. She is one of the most resourceful people I know and she just cannot continue to do this alone! Her overall health is in rapid decline and it is crucial that she leaves Minneapolis before it truly kills her.

Jess has been there for me and so many others -- from opening her former home to fellow misfits and artists, to making for community through art in a variety of ways, to  being a solid reliable friend.  I am asking you with urgency to help me help her survive and thrive!

I am offering pet portraits at two different price points (black and white or full-color CMYK) in order to raise money to help Jess relocate to a safe city where she has a friend, a safe place to live and a supportive community. *EDIT* As of Fall 2018, I am broadening portrait options to include your beloved human friends and loved ones!

Raising these funds and helping Jess relocate are an important first step in helping her live her life as healthfully and as independently as possible, and I fear what will happen if she is unable to leave.

Achieving this goal will cover the cost of gas, travel costs, and first/last month's rent plus deposit as well as some medical assistance for Jess! I am endlessly grateful for you taking the time to read this and I hope that you will consider helping us--I can't wait to draw your sweet loved ones!

Don't have enough dough/don't want a portrait in exchange? Donate what you can--every little bit counts!

With Gratitude,


P.S. See more of my work here !
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Hello hello! I'm here to announce that I'm broadening my #PetPortraits4Jess campaign to include the beloved humans in your life! I am urgently asking you to help me help my friend!

I just learned that GoFundMe has removed the rewards option structure, but I am still redeeming them--just make a $300 donation for a full color CMYK drawing or $125 for a black and white (or blue or red) drawing. Email me a photo of your beloved pet or human and I will send you a high quality, original drawing on 11 x 14" archival paper made using hand made stamps, like the images shown here! (There is a button on the right that looks like an envelope that will allow you to email me)
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Hello everyone! Thanks to all who have donated to the #PetPortraitsForJess campaign so far––I am excited to create more pet-portraits for you this year as a way to provide financial support for my dear friend Jess.

You'll see there are two price points: $125 for black & white and $300 for a four-color CMYK-style drawing, either on high quality 11"x14" paper.

These make great gifts and are really fun for me to create. Thank you for letting me honor your furry children, and I look forward to drawing more of them!

Much Gratitude!
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I recently completed the last two pet-portrait commissions of 2017: introducing Haruki and Gretel.

Jess is has worked hard to gain healthcare and a more permanent residence in Minneapolis over the past year. It is my goal, instead of helping her relocate to Portland - an increasingly difficult place to afford to live - I want to double the amount of commissions I made in 2018 to offer her just a little bit of financial security.

You get a sweet drawing of your loved one AND you get to help me help a friend! Much appreciation - I can't wait to draw your beloved creatures! Black and white drawings for $125 and full color for $300.

Thanks to all who have donated so far and for inviting me to draw your furry babies <3
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I had no idea that this project would be such a meta-gift! Thanks so much to everyone who has commissioned portraits of their loved ones-loved ones. These two are for a beloved nanny whose family is relocating--Barbra (yes, after Barbra Streisand) and Burt. Looking forward to draw more adorables!
Barbra and Burt, 12 x 16 inches
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$2,700 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 25 months
Created March 18, 2017
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