Cocomo Rock Recovery Fund

$1,840 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 32 people in 30 months
The Reverend Cocomo Rock has spent much of his adult life in the fight for social justice and human rights.  In selfless service to others, Cocomo has put both his hands and his heart to work, supporting his belief in the power of indiscriminate, pure human kindness. He has demonstrated that belief in all his occupations, from Christian ministry to alcohol and drug abuse counseling, from HIV/AIDS prevention & homelessness outreach, to employment counseling & advocacy for ex-offenders. But, the troubles that Cocomo has so long sought to help others get through now threaten his own survival.
He needs your help.



Coming from poverty, with no family, Cocomo obtained dual degrees in Business and Public Administrations in 1979, was ordained in Christian Ministry in 2007, and founded 191914 Ministries, Inc in 2008 to help alleviate the struggles of individuals & families facing crises.

Though Cocomo has helped many come through their hardships, he has not been spared hardships of his own.  Diagnosed with HIV in 1986, AIDS in 1992, Diabetes in 2006, and now suffering with fibromyalgia, dual carpal tunnel, and advanced neuropathy, Cocomo has struggled with his own health-related challenges for many years. 



In September 2014, Cocomo suffered a seriously debilitating injury in an automobile accident. Compounding his other health issues, the accident left him unable to work and ultimately homeless with no means of earning the money needed to get by.  Cocomo remained homeless from January 2015 through November 2015, and the harsh circumstances of the experience has left his body more fragile than ever.

 Thankfully, he has now secured a small, subsidized apartment, but he needs your help to accomplish three simple things to restore him to dignity and some relief from his immediate economic fears:

 (1.) he needs help completing the move into his apartment (Due to severe pain and weaknesses in his body (esp. back, right hip, knees and legs), much of this work he is unable to accomplish alone),

 (2.) he needs help securing a fuel supply for heating and cooking through this winter,

 (3.) he needs enough money to bring car payments current and avoid repossession.  Without his vehicle, Cocomo will be unable to obtain food supplies and keep his appointments for medical treatments.



At 63, and suffering from his serious medical conditions, Cocomo is still one of this world’s precious jewels. Too few, today, believe and practice, as he does, the principle of direct acts of kindness towards all, saying always that “no one is ever so poor or so broken that they cannot help someone else”. 

Reaching the modest goal of $7,500, will help Cocomo return his life to sustainability for the foreseeable future.



If each person reading this gave back only $3.00 to support the incredible life and service of this selfless individual, Cocomo’s most critical needs would be met.



The Reverend Cocomo Rock should be recognized for the life of service he’s lived. But, that recognition failing, it would be a simple act of reciprocity for us to offer our gifts in whatever amount to help him in his time of need.  So, let’s pay forward a little of the love, kindness, and support that Cocomo still shares with everyone he meets in life. Please, give what you can. Any gifts beyond the goal will be donated to the charity of Cocomo’s choice.

THANK YOU, SO VERY, VERY MUCH!!!!

 Thank you!
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EVEN AT MY WORST, I NEVER WANTED THIS FUNDING PLEA! Not because I didn't know I needed it, but because I was certain that you would prove my surest fear and suspicion with your coldest rejections. This should not be news to you; I’ve said it to you before. And I’ve also said before that, almost instantly, you convinced me otherwise!

TO SHOW YOU HOW YOU DID IT, I’m sharing a few examples from FACEBOOK , and once again -- not for the last time – I thank you!

TINA SOMER – Switzerland, FL
“Cocomo is a friend from ct. He is selfless and generous and such an example of love. ❤ Please read about him and consider helping him. He has helped so many others when they were in need.”

SAMANTHA M. HELTKE – New Haven, CT
“Everything stated in this gofundme page is true. Cocomo Rock once said to me, having faith means believing in a cup of coffee or your favorite shoes, whatever gets you out of bed in the morning. Cocomo is one of the most inspiring souls I have ever met. So selfless and beautiful. Anything you can do to help is appreciated! Share, donate or even talk about it. Please and thank you!”

SHAUN MICHAEL - New Haven, CT
“Hi everyone! I have posted a go fund me link for the most amazing person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. This man has suffered an extraordinary loss in the last few years. Please take a moment to read his page. If you have anything you can donate please help and if not please share this post. This is a man who has given to his community his whole life and now he needs help. Not only has he suffered from major debilitating health problems (outlined in his page) but his shop was robbed for $40,000 in inventory. He has lost his business and his home. It took him over a year of living in a storage warehouse until he was able to find the humility to ask for help. Please find it in your heart to donate anything you can even a couple of dollars will go a long way. Please share! With gratitude in loving service; Shaun”

JONAH COHEN – New Haven, CT
“It is rare that I have posted/reposted for a cause knowing that everyone has to make decisions about where/when to give, but in this case I would ask you to consider helping, my friend, Cocomo. Some of you may have met Cocomo in my classes, heard him speak, or read his writings. Cocomo is an extraordinary individual who has always been willing to give, even at times when he himself really had nothing. I was one who encouraged him to reach out for help, having witnessed firsthand the struggle he has had in recent years due to unexpected health and environmental conditions. I am not sure how he has survived, and if he physically were able, he would find a way without asking. This plea is difficult for Cocomo and any support you can give will be appreciated.”
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Dear Friends, Donors, and Donors 2 B,

HAVING TO REMAIN LYING FLAT WITH FEET elevated to avoid swelling in both legs and feet, all of yesterday and into today. Totally restless night, so regret to say I’m not in much of a position to post an extended Update just now.

STILL, I MUST REPORT THAT FRIENDS CONTINUE CALL each day, offering to share or come help out in some way. I think I might have said before that the kindness and generosity I’ve experienced in response to this fundraiser has proven most surprisingly overwhelming, emotionally. And I am just so-ooo thoroughly grateful for the support, the love, the goodness you have all shown towards me. I always say “Thank You” in return, sometimes repeatedly, but I have to tell you that, standing in the shadow of the generosity I’ve received, “Thank You” seems an entirely impotent and useless response to offer. I just wish I had some more powerful means of saying, “Each act of caring you send me changes my life, my thinking, my being in the most incredibly beautiful ways!” Instead, however, for now, I must simply say “THANK YOU!”
--cocomo
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TODAY DID INDEED PROVE TO BE AN UP DAY! I thank God for it! Though I am never entirely pain-free, pain and swelling were both moderate, and I was grateful to be able to interact freely with the young men who came over this morning, around 11:00 AM. Afterwards, around 3PM, I had enough remaining stamina to make a doctor’s appointment, pharmacy pick-up, plus a quick stop by the post office before I started to wane! Woo-ooo ‘hoo-hoo!!!

FINALLY, I HAVE MY BED UP, OFF THE FLOOR! My back, legs, and hip are all rejoicing, right now! Also, the fella’s cleared most of the boxes from my bedroom floor --- no more trip hazards --- and set up my dressers so that my clothes can now be organized and put away. It’s really terrific – been such a long time since I’ve had order and cleanliness around me. For a while, last year, I had despaired of ever arriving at a return to normalcy. My nightly prayer always included beseeching the LORD that I not be found dead under the circumstances I was in.

ONCE MORE I WANT TO SAY “THANK YOU,” to each of you for your gifts, prayers, and well-wishing, most truly and with all the fervor of my heart, soul, & mind. God bless all of you, richly, and keep you ever safe in His Bosom.

I HAVE PRETTY MUCH RUN OUT OF STEAM at this point and must say goodnight, all. Wellness & joy to you!
--cocomo
LOADS OF BOXES MOVED!
SHAUN & COCOMO Thanks Shaun, et.,al!!!
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THE NATURE OF MY HEALTH CONDITIONS is that I have both up days and down days. Up days are those when I can sit up, walk around, bend, reach out, or reach up as needed in the performance of ordinary daily tasks with only minimal to moderate pain. Up days are those when I can make a simple meal, have a shower or bath, drive, receive a visitor, visit someone, watch a television show, or write a letter without serious discomfort. Tuesday was not an up day.

TUESDAY WAS A DAY WHEN I ACHED all over, my body and my joints were swollen with excess fluid. Even my skin felt sore to the touch. My legs, arms, and back felt as though they were on fire, all shot with needle-sharp pains. I could not keep still for trying to find a comfortable position in which to sit or lie. Finally, I knew I had to resort to my pain medication. Doing so meant that I would be so groggy that I would not be able to keep my eyes open. Therefore, I was useless virtually all day Tuesday.

FORTUNATELY, THOUGH, WORK CONTINUED to go forward around me. My ex brother-in-law was able to come in and deliver just about all the boxes and small furnishings from the storage unit. Now I am surrounded by stacks of boxes and other things, leaving me only narrow paths to walk through from place to place. I am very glad to finally have my things near me, but the apartment is now an official trip hazard!

THANKS TO YOUR KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY, however, the messy and hazardous boxes, etc. that you see in the newly posted photos will begin to be cleared later this morning. That will give me access to more fresh clothes and toiletries.
I am rising from the medication fog, now. Today might be an up day. God knows, I hope and pray so.
Bedroom just a narrow path; door to bed
Doorway: Heaven forbid any emergency
Living Room: front door entirely covered
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Barbara Williams
30 months ago

Lots of love, prayers and positive thoughts for you Cocomo!... I know you will get through this !!

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Eva Goldreich Dykas
30 months ago

Thoughts and prayers for you, Coccomo.

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$1,840 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 32 people in 30 months
Created January 25, 2016
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CK
$100
Carolyn Kirsch
25 months ago

Even with all this adversity, you still have the most beautiful smile in the world! Sending love your way...Carolyn

$25
Janis Astor del Valle
25 months ago

Sending you mucho amor.

KD
$5
Kelly DiMauro
26 months ago

Get yourself well Cocomo. You are needed and wanted.

$20
Anonymous
27 months ago
$100
Jennifer Shafer
27 months ago

We hope you get well soon Cocomo! This was collected from some friends at The Buttonwood. ❤️

$50
Anonymous
29 months ago
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29 months ago
$50
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30 months ago
Barbara Williams
30 months ago

Lots of love, prayers and positive thoughts for you Cocomo!... I know you will get through this !!

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Eva Goldreich Dykas
30 months ago

Thoughts and prayers for you, Coccomo.

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