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SAVE HOUSE OF OPEN ARMS

$4,425 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 35 people in 8 months
Created September 7, 2017
SAVE A HOUSE OF OPEN ARMS

Catherine Perry and A House Of Open Arms need our help.

For those who have met Catherine, it is no secret that her home on St John is her heart, her livelihood, and her retirement. She built A House of Open Arms with the intention to share this slice of paradise with others.

On Wednesday September 6th, Hurricane Irma made landfall on St John, with the center of the storm passing very close to the island. Communication and infrastructure have been severely compromised in Coral Bay. The damage to A House Of Open Arms (HOA) has not yet been broadcast, though it is certain that Irma’s aftermath will have lasting effects on HOAs’ financial stability.

The house is beautiful, yes, but the Villa and Cottage at HOA are much more than wonderful places to stay when visiting St John; they are an experience of care and love. Catherine has put her soul into this home...for her guests. After her divorce, she was inspired to create a space for couples to rest, rejuvenate, and rekindle their romance; and, she wanted to make it financially possible for people of modest means to have a five-star experience. She herself lives modestly in order for others to afford luxury. Her deep care for others and generosity is matched only by her deep faith and sense of purpose.

If Catherine has blessed you; if you feel that Catherine created a haven for you; if A House Of Open Arms has helped you...Catherine needs your help now, and she might not feel comfortable asking for it.

Catherine is a strong woman, fully capable of taking on the upcoming challenges, and will do so with her integral creative spirit. That said, HOA will likely not be receiving guests in the same way for several months, which represents an enormous loss of income for Catherine. Regardless of Irma’s direct damage to HOA, it is certain that it’s impact has already greatly affected Catherine’s ability to operate her business, pay her mortgage, and share her House of Open Arms with others.

Please donate. Any amount will help.  

Who are we?
My name is Geoff Fosbrook. My partner Alison White and I are friends with Catherine and her family. We have been to St John many times and stayed with Catherine at both The Villa and The Cottage. Catherine helped build the property herself and with our help it can be restored.

We love St John, A House Of Open Arms, and Catherine.

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Hi this is Catherine and some of my friends have called and asked if this was really for me. YES! Geoff and Ali are friends of mine in Vermont that I have gotten to know through my daughter Alyson. They have come to St. John numerous times and love the Island and A House of Open Arms. They know my circumstances so without my knowledge, they started this fund the day after Hurricane Irma. I am so grateful to them and to the people who have blessed me here with gifts of monetary love. Because of these, I am still viable and I am committed to sharing with others who also have needs on St. John. Thank you! Thank you!
Warmly,
Catherine
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Hello Friends

This link is to Catherine's most recent Facebook update.

https://www.facebook.com/houseofopenarms/posts/10155696165844814

Thanks!

Geoff

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Hello Friends

Thank you all for your support of Catherine and House of Open Arms.

Go FundMe has asked for an update with answers
to these questions:

1. Who you are and where you're from
Geoff Fosbrook and Ali White (the campaign originators) are good friends of Catherine Perry (the campaign beneficiary). Geoff and Ali live in Vermont. Catherine lives on St John in the US Virgin Islands.

2. Your relationship or contact to the parties you're raising funds for
Geoff and Ali are close friends of Catherine, the beneficiary.

3. How the funds will be spent (be as specific as possible)
The funds will be spent on several critical fixes for Catherine's house on St John: repairing her solar power system by replacing panels, batteries, and controllers that were destroying by Hurricane Irma; repairing her diesel generator that was damaged during the storm; fixing broken piping damaged during the storm; and helping cover her mortgage and other expenses at a time when cancellations will cause lost income in her rental business

4. Your withdrawal plan to get the funds from the campaign to the ultimate beneficiary
Catherine has already been set up as the beneficiary for this campaign, and is awaiting transfer of the funds raised.

Thanks!

Geoff Fosbrook
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$4,425 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 35 people in 8 months
Created September 7, 2017
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$100
Steven Cassidy
7 months ago
$200
George Sawin
7 months ago
AH
$200
Al Hardy
7 months ago
JF
$75
Joe Frisolone
8 months ago
JL
$50
Jay Leblanc
8 months ago
JF
$100
Judy Fosbrook
8 months ago
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8 months ago
$300
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