Help Keep Trans Family Together!

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Raised by 199 people in 45 months
Our family consists of four transgender people: me and Sofia, and our unofficial foster kids, Rose and Christian. We came together late last year when Rose and Christian, who are homeless and were 16 and 18 respectfully at the time, were looking for a place to stay. We both knew them previously as they attended our weekly transgender support group. These kids have had it tough because they were rejected from their families for being transgender. Sofia and I were concerned for their well-being and believed that they would not find comfort in the shelter system because they were transgender. What was supposed to be a temporary stay evolved into them staying with us for over two months. They have stayed with us periodically since being forced out by our landlord, but we've permanently bonded with them. I am currently seeking custody of Rose from her legal guardian so we can continue to help them get back to school and get back a stable situation. This includes moving somewhere so they can live with us permanently.

At the present time it will be hard for us to move, but the world will not wait for us, and we don't want these kids to miss any more school. We need to find a new place by September.  Erica's job is barely above minimum wage and Sofia has been struggling to bring in income. Our need to lay down possibly up to 3 months rent and expenses related to movieng(ie truck rental, utilities) is positively daunting. 

We want our kids to have a stable and supportive home, unlike what they'll get living on the street. Transgender people  often have to stick together to beat transphobia and discrimination. Your dontations will help ensure that these kids can have the bright future we promised them.

Thanks,
Erica, Sofia, Christian and Rose
http://www.advocate.com/families/2015/05/10/11-trans-women-share-what-they-love-about-motherhood


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So far things are getting together at home. I wanted to thank some people who have come by to help us unpack and set up the house. Props to Nocturne, Dominic, Jess B. and Jordyn for help in setting up the kitchen and cooking up some food!

We've managed to get our renters insurance in place, and we have our phone/cable/internet installed, but it's been a struggle to get an oil contract and propane service because of required deposits. Renting a house requires more than making rent payments.

The place is starting to shape up though, however, we are still in need of one twin bed and a small couch or love seat.

Some folks have asked privately if we accept donations offline, the answer is YES! You can email me for details. Here are some more recent pictures. Hugs, Erica
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Hello folks, pleased to announce that moving day on November 1st went very smoothly. I'd like to extend my thanks to Janus P. , Matt S., Heidi H., DJ W., Debbie D., Rose and Christian and Sofia for all their hard work! We still have a lot to do.

The kids are very much relieved to have a place to call their own. Especially after a month of homelessness, we are grateful as well.

The truth is the move left us near broke, and what little propane and oil will run out soon, we don't have a phone yet. Our former landlord, has not honored our court stipulated settlement, and he's essentially reneged by not paying our security.

So this is my final appeal to drag us over the finish line. So we don't lose what we've all fought so hard for.
Thanks again for all your generosity, Erica
Christian and Mark unloading storage.
Rose helping load the truck!
Behind house after unloading truck, whew
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Hi folks, this should be my second to last update. THE GOOD NEWS: We signed a lease for a house rental, where we will all be welcome!
THE BAD NEWS: It still doesn't start until November 1st! So during our homeless month, we've had to spend quite a bit of money on lodging and take out food, gas, cat boarding, storage lockers, etc.
We are still a week away, and our cash is dwindling fast, facing additional moving costs, and utility setup.
Since we haven't officially reached our goal, perhaps you nice folks can drag us over the finish line.

My final update will include some moving day pictures and a huge thank you posted to you!
Moving out
Our soon to be new digs.
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Hello folks, I know it's been about a month since my last update. I wish I was able to tell you that we've settled into a new place and that the kids love their new school, and I'm sipping coffee on the back porch watching the sunset. But no, that is not the case, it still feels like a dream to be honest.

Truth is we did reach a settlement agreement with our landlord. He extended us the courtsey to stay through September and get our deposit back. This is a drop dead date. If we remain the Nassau County Sheriff will surely come.

We are so close to our goal, I can taste it. It would be amazing if we could get one more push from you all to reach the finish line! I'm including some recent pictures.
Rose at the restaurant in Southampton.
Christian showing his manly armpit hair!
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Erica Forman
39 months ago

Just a brief update, Rose started high school today, she's going in as a senior, and is scheduled graduate in June! Christian has also been reenrolled at school, but he can't start classes just yet. So happy I was able to deliver on our promises to them. Much love and respect to Ms. Murtaugh at Espoir and Mrs. Larson and Mr. Welsh in the high school!

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Erica Franzen
42 months ago

Wow! Praying for you all. I hope you all fibd a great place to live for your family. You all are such a inspiration.

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Raised by 199 people in 45 months
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Kat & Jay Straub
39 months ago (Offline Donation)

We had illness in our family some time ago, people helped us then and we wanted to pay it forward.

LI
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Luna Inverse
39 months ago (Offline Donation)

This donation came in August, forgot to post it. Thanks

BE
$60
Brandon Elsbree
39 months ago (Offline Donation)

ran into your kids today, gave them a little something.......love ya!

$25
Anonymous
39 months ago
$25
Christina Wolfle
40 months ago

Sorry I didn't donate sooner. Best wishes!

$5
Jay Guercio
40 months ago

Erica, Sofia I wish you all the best. you deserve security, and stability. I am so proud of y'all for fighting this fight and not giving up!

NK
$150
Nick Kaloudis
40 months ago

Returning the thank you for the business you and fellow friends have blessed me with... Thank you and best wishes from former Forum Diner owner in Bayshore..

CB
$5
carole binda
40 months ago

Christian, you're my guy!

$17
Nicole Weiner
40 months ago

I love you Erica! And I'm always rooting for you guys ♡

$10
Kae Wheeler
40 months ago

Sending you a bit more. Love you and so proud that you have found a place. All the love. I miss you guys.

Erica Forman
39 months ago

Just a brief update, Rose started high school today, she's going in as a senior, and is scheduled graduate in June! Christian has also been reenrolled at school, but he can't start classes just yet. So happy I was able to deliver on our promises to them. Much love and respect to Ms. Murtaugh at Espoir and Mrs. Larson and Mr. Welsh in the high school!

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Erica Franzen
42 months ago

Wow! Praying for you all. I hope you all fibd a great place to live for your family. You all are such a inspiration.

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