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$480 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 8 people in 22 months
Piper Redwolf Steed  NEW CARLISLE, OH
Hi, I'm Piper Steed and in the picture is my son whose father is absent for the most part (and owes over $10,000 in child support). I was rocking the single mom life for some time.
Tired of working in food service and being a maid (both jobs kept me very ill for a long time) I started school to earn a degree in something I truly enjoyed. I wanted to show my son that despite the situation you come from, you have the power to change your future and chase your dreams.

At first, we were able to live off my fiance' income so I could go to class full time. This does, however, mean we rely on food stamps, gov. apartment, and I had to use student loans for school. I thought once I got my degree, I wouldn't need assistance much longer.

I was almost finished, and it's all crashing down.

I launched a campaign late last year in what should have been my second to last semester when a car accident threw my finances and grades through a loop.  I thought my small request was enough because I was able to climb back on top of some things.

Sadly, we've been kept in a terrible situation prior to the accident and it has only gotten worse because of the financial hit we took.

Since then I have suffered debit card fraud which my financial institution refused to help rectify, claiming they sent a letter requesting information that I did not respond to - I did not recieve such letter. In the chaos of changing card numbers etc my already spiked car insurance did not get their automatic payments, as I thought they took directly from account. I did not discover I now lack car insurance until a month later. I now owe and shouldn't be driving.

I had one class left that I needed to re-take this summer. It's supposed to start Monday (6/15) but I just discovered that the last student loan I accepted (3 times because it kept un-selecting) STILL didn't register that I accepted. I am now booted from the class roster for nonpayment due to glitches.

We haven't had food stamps for months because last semester I took a workstudy job on my campus. It paid very little and only lasted the semester, but I was hoping it'd help us fix some issues left over from accident. When I went to report the job to my county JFS  they requested the HR fax number, which I had readily available, and was told all was well. Then I got a letter saying my family was cut-off for refusing to report job info. I called back, they claimed I never gave anyone the # so I gave it to them AGAIN. I was told I'd get a paper in the mail to fill out and send back then it'd be a few weeks before food was restored, and I did so. Waited, called back today. They claim, again, that I never gave them the # I've given them twice and now say I have to start all over. I've given them the # again because they *still* say they need it.

Our rent is random and unpridictable because our caseworker keeps "losing" our rent or our income verification, coming up with strange numbers in their place, then threatening to evict us every month for not having the right numbers. She is also charging my son (9 years old, in elementary school) rent based on his disability SSI (a practice I'm told is not legal?). We've caught her in lies before, she randomly decided we skipped a months rent several months ago but never sent any eviction notice and tried to get us to pay her for it months later. When told we had the money order recipt (they now refuse to send us rent recipts, claiming we have to drive over 30 min one way to get them and I don't have the gas $) she immedatly "found" the missing rent. Now she simply sends a constant barrage of eviction notices with random amounts written on them no matter how much money we send.

We can't live like this, we want out but can't afford to move (deposit + first months rent).

I never thought I'd have to do this the first time, let alone again. We need help.
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Update 3
Posted by Piper Steed
21 months ago
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More good news!

While we still rather move out, our rent has been properly re-adjusted and we are now only $560.60 in the hole.

The financial aid department of my school also apparently does not know how federal financial aid works, so I believe my class is actually paid for now.

Some of my supplies have gone suspiciously missing, as I only remove them from my bag when in use and the instructor has not found any left behind. I'm out $30 and a towel. Bleh.

But anyway, I am able to lower the end goal amount another drastic amount! Yay!

As always, HUGE thank you to everyone donating and/or sharing! Because of ya'll we were able to keep food on the table while solving the food stamp disaster, get me back on the road and repair a little of the damage done via the bank fraud! <3 <3 <3

We just have the $560.60 + a bit more fraud damage repair and my lil family will be sorta back where we were before the car accident! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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Update 2
Posted by Piper Steed
22 months ago
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Good news everyone!

After much phone and e-mail tag and missing one class I finally got to the bottom of my financial aid woes....sort of. My final class is *considered* paid for, however the financial aid is still pending. This means they're letting me go to class and hopefully everything goes through and it gets paid!

If not, it means I have to figure out paying for it, but they're at least letting me attend right now.

As soon as I figure out how, I'm knocking $ off the goal for this campaign. I'm still fighting the food stuff, however I think we may survive there too thanks to physical food donations!
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Update 1
Posted by Piper Steed
22 months ago
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Hey everyone, it was suggested I post a breakdown of why I came to the $5000 (now only $3000) number, and how I planned to use it.

I had actually planned to do this but got flustered during typing initial description.

In order from what I think might be the most important issues to least crucial:

$2000 - Fixes damage caused by the bank fraud. This includes the missing $, as well as bills and fees collected in the chaos of trying to fix the fraud. This does *not* include any past debt I already have/had such as credit cards, typical bills, or student loans etc(that's totally my responsibility and I'm not going to ask people help take that on). This would also go towards getting my license back which may involve paying a ticket for a second time (because is cheaper than lawyer) so I can get back to hunting for day job.

$1,000 (removed for now due to physical food donations) - Food. This would be reserved for food for my family to hold us over while we fight or completely re-apply all over again for food stamps, a process that can sometimes take a month or two and with their blatant incompetence I'm assuming I'm in for a long haul. This *is* a possible over-estimation because I'm not sure how long we'll need help in this area, there's a lot of variables. If you're more comfortable actually sending food our way, contact me. I am scared about giving out personal info, however.

$1000 - Housing. We need to either get out of this shit-hole asap or give in to fraudulent rent claims to get rid of the eviction threats. This is something I'd love to lawyer-up for, but it's far less expensive to roll over or move out. Our rent was supposed to be $250/month (however, that was based on my 9 y/o SSI income, which again I'm told they're not supposed to do. I'd love to verify this though, but can't seem to find straight answers) but recently we started getting eviction notices claiming we owe over $500/mo for rent...we've never missed a month. Caseworker/landlord claims it is based off our new income (fiance' started new job) and that 30% of our income (what our rent is supposed to be) is actually over $800. We've done the math, it's not. She's supposed to set an appointment with us to sign and go over the new rent price, but this never happened.
This $1000 would either keep us in this apartment long enough to sort this out more, or would go towards deposit and first months rent on a place with stable, predictable rent.

$1000 (removed for now, issue possibly repaired!)- School. If they refuse to let me start my class next week I will have to wait until August to try again. This also means my financial aid qualifications are up, sadly. This $1000 would pay for my very last class and some supplies for it out of pocket. If other things get fixed, and I am able to handle this myself, then I won't ask for this. This is why it's at the bottom of the list, I can stop this campaign before it reaches it's goal # and hopefully I'll be able to do just that.

I plan to keep everyone updated on the progress made once hitting each goal here, etc.

Thank you so much again for everything, it's very embarrassing for me to admit all of these problems in the first place, let alone beg strangers for help.
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$480 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 8 people in 22 months
Created June 11, 2015
Piper Redwolf Steed  
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$40
Rebekah Engelhardt
22 months ago
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1
$50
Anonymous
22 months ago
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$50
Anonymous
22 months ago
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1
$100
Anonymous
22 months ago
1
1
$20
Anonymous
21 months ago
KY
$150
Kevin Yasutomi
22 months ago
DS
$50
Derek Scott
22 months ago
$20
Anonymous
22 months ago
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