Rachel's Recovery Car Fund

$5,570 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 90 people in 42 months
Brett Stephenson
on behalf of Rachel Stephenson
 GREENPORT, NY

This is a very hard thing for a father to write.

On December 30, 2015 my 23 year old daughter Rachel was on her way home to Binghamton, NY, where she is currently finishing her Master's in Social Work. She had spent the holiday with us in Greenport. Halfway through her trip, she stopped for gas in East Stroudsburg, PA. It was here that Rachel's car was stolen... with her in it. 

For just under two hours she was held against her will with a man who struck her and threatened her life, forcing her to drive south with him to Virginia. Being the strong woman that she is, she was able to resist and escape once they stopped again for fuel.

Rachel got her car back the next day after the carjacker crashed it, fleeing from police in a high speed chase. While it is driveable, we are trying to raise money to get her a vehicle that she can once again feel safe in. This car holds so many awful memories for my daughter, brining her to tears every time she goes to drive it.

It is in our hopes that a new vehicle could help ease the burden of this painful experience, helping her to move forward. Any and all donations will go directly toward defraying the cost of another vehicle - something that we would not be able to bear on our own, no matter how much we wish we could. 

Your thoughtfulness and generosity truly mean more to our family than you could ever understand.

Please contact me any time for anymore information you may need. Thank you in advance for all your help and generosity.


Brett Stephenson

 

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The love is overwhelming thank you all for the support.
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Tina Moffat Koslosky
42 months ago
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I feel so happy for you that you cannot understand the trauma this brave young woman is feeling. It must mean your life is charmed and so very safe. You don't know her or her family to know the situation. The car was damaged and needs repairing. Is it totalled? Don't know. What I do know is this family is the salt of the earth. Good people who would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it even if they didn't have another. This is about the choice to be compassionate not judgmental!

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Tara McDevitt
42 months ago

This is terrifying to hear. I'm from Binghamton originally. I now live in Wantagh (Nassau Co) but I drive up to Binghamton often, sometimes by myself with my two children. Please feel free to message me on Facebook. My family still lives in Binghamton, so if she ever needs anything, they would be happy to help her.

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Antoinette A Teresa
42 months ago

God bless your courage, and thank god your safe. All the best to you

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LZ
$100
Laura Zimmerman
40 months ago

My heart is sadden by what you went through, but your stregenth to overcome this is admirable and inspiring.

CU
$125
CCPA Dean's Office Binghamton University
41 months ago

Rachel, Please know that you have our support during this difficult time. CCPA Dean's Office; Laura Bronstein, Kristina Lambright, Tammy Behonick, Jean Dorak, Bobbie Brundege

HC
$100
Harry Contos
41 months ago
$50
Anonymous
41 months ago
JK
$20
John Kenna
41 months ago

No one should have to go through what you went through. So happy for you and your family that you made it !

MJ
$100
Mary Johnson
41 months ago
SK
$100
Scott Klipp
42 months ago
KK
$25
Kathleen Klysh
42 months ago

I met Rachel when she interned at Broome County Office for Aging. I found her to be truly dedicated to her career in Social Work. My prayers go out to her and her family. I have two nieces Rachel's age and I am often concerned for their welfare. It is unfortunate that this ordeal had to happen to you. Fortunately, we can learn from it and move on in a positive direction. You cannot live your life in fear.

BW
$100
Binghamton University Department of Social Work
42 months ago
$50
Anonymous
42 months ago
Tina Moffat Koslosky
42 months ago
2
2

I feel so happy for you that you cannot understand the trauma this brave young woman is feeling. It must mean your life is charmed and so very safe. You don't know her or her family to know the situation. The car was damaged and needs repairing. Is it totalled? Don't know. What I do know is this family is the salt of the earth. Good people who would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it even if they didn't have another. This is about the choice to be compassionate not judgmental!

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Tara McDevitt
42 months ago

This is terrifying to hear. I'm from Binghamton originally. I now live in Wantagh (Nassau Co) but I drive up to Binghamton often, sometimes by myself with my two children. Please feel free to message me on Facebook. My family still lives in Binghamton, so if she ever needs anything, they would be happy to help her.

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Antoinette A Teresa
42 months ago

God bless your courage, and thank god your safe. All the best to you

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