Reparations for a deserving black mom: ongoing

$3,453 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 106 people in 3 months
Created February 28, 2019
Funding needs are ongoing, thank you for your support!

This gofundme is raising money for a wonderful black mother of two young sons who has been living out of her car and doing her best to meet all her sons’ needs. This mother wishes to remain anonymous because she is making the incredibly difficult move to leave an abusive relationship. But you should know a few things about her. She has been experiencing a chain of events that have made her life incredibly difficult. She left her abuser and took her two young sons to live out of their car during the winter. This was terrifying and brave. Recently, the car was towed and impounded while she was in a drug store, looking around for the most financially efficient way to spend the small amount of money she had that night. The staff at the store accused her of trying to shoplift and had her car towed. This was heartbreaking both for the racism involved and for the impact of losing the car. It cost hundreds of dollars to get the car out of the lot, to get housing while the car was in the lot, and to buy gas, insurance, and a space heater after the car was finally out. Even more recently, the car was broken into and all of the family’s belongings were taken besides the change of clothes they had with them. This most recent crisis has provoked a feeling of desperation from this resilient mother. Her PTSD and feelings of terror rooted in her trauma are surfacing and she is asking for serious help, something that is scary for most people to do. She has articulated the truth - she is worthy of serious donations for housing from dedicated individuals that want to really actually make a change and better someone else’s life. She is determined to beat these odds and continue on with obtaining her degree and providing security, peace, and happiness to her children.  She works tirelessly to balance the needs for shelter, food, rest with the needs of her young sons to play, feel joy, and experience a celebratory birthday (both had birthdays in February that were not as celebratory as she wished). She is determined to meet her sons’ needs and to persevere for their sake.

In order to do this she is looking for financial support in getting housing for her and her family. They need access to reliable housing, especially during the winter. The original goal is $2500 because those are the initial move in costs. If we can reach that goal then we will set the bar higher to support her in the other costs of setting up a new life. Update: the goal has been increased to $5000 to reflect her ongoing housing related financial needs. 

She has risked everything to break a violent cycle and protect her children. She is incredibly deserving of all financial support, both to help her out of these crises and also to provide comfort and joy to her family. 

UPDATE: this mom was able to move into her own apartment!!!!!!! The funds came through and she is overjoyed. Now we face the hurdle of finding rent support ongoing. She is making moves on jobs and becoming self sufficient but she needs and deserves support during this transition. Any funds that are available to help with rent going forward will be so appreciated.

If you’re able to contribute monthly to support her stability, please email or message me, it would be SO helpful.
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Greetings amazing people! This mom got her apartment!!!! The last two weeks have been so emotional and victorious, and she is so grateful!! She is moving in, creating a wishlist for items, and looking for jobs now that she has a home base for her young sons. She is in need of continued support as she looks towards paying next months rent. If you’re able to share this link and send funds at any point in the next months, please do! We are very thankful!!!!
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Deadline for fundraising: June 1

Hi all! Just wanted to put it out there that the mother we are raising money for knows officially the amount that she will need in order to move in and also her possible move in date. She will need funds by June 1 to move in and keep her place. The financial goal for this campaign is now updated to reflect what she still needs in order to complete the deposits and cleaning fees etc. This is all to say that sharing this campaign a lot in the next week is crucial. Thank you!!!!
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Oh myyyy! This deserving mother just got approved for an apartment! This is huge! This could be the end of a long period of constant struggle for her and her sons. I am hoping that the funding for this move could be raised ASAP! If you haven’t shared this link yet or if you have another few (or more) dollars to send her way, this is the time! She’s got a big bright future! Thank you everyone!
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Hello everyone! Thank you so much for contributing to this gofundme! The impact of your donations is huge! We still have a ways to go for getting her housing settled, but in the meantime she and I are writing to ask if there is anyone who would be able to support her on a regular basis while she works to figure out these big life changes like getting her car fixed and getting housing settled. Sending some amount of money monthly would provide her with some certainty and some peace of mind when considering how she is going to feed her sons. Any amount is helpful, so even if you can pledge $5 a month, that can help!

I think she and I are both getting nervous about asking for repeated help but I know that she is worth anything we can send and more. There is obviously a limit to everyone’s budget but I hope that we can all look at our situation honestly and decide if there is $30 or more a month that could go towards someone’s security.

If you are interested in this please contact me through this campaign (or if you know me personally send me a text or a message!) and I will help coordinate a system that can work for both you and her. I am able to send her personal (but still anonymous) paypal link so that you can send funds to her directly.

Thank you again for your willingness to contribute to this campaign.
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$3,453 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 106 people in 3 months
Created February 28, 2019
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