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You’ve supported 272 local needs in the past year.

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Shinika received support paying her rent.

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Shinika is a single mother, who works from home since being laid off due to the pandemic. Her current job does not provide her the same financial compensation as her old one but does allow her to be home with her one year old, She is very grateful for this since his childcare center also shut down shortly after the beginning of the pandemic. She is doing her best to keep a positive outlook and is looking earnestly for better paying work since what she currently makes is only enough to cover essentials. She fell behind in her rent due to having to attend to an unexpected repair on her car which she desperately needs since she plans to get back to full time employment very soon. In the mean time she is just doing her best to get back on track.

Need was fulfilled for $193.44!

fulfilled on: 03/01/2021

  • Northside
  • Single Mother
  • Bill - Rent

Sunshine received assistance paying her rent.

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Sunshine is a single mother who has been working diligently to save her money and build her credit to buy a home for her 3 children and move them out of the housing projects. She and her family were recently the victims of a violent home invasion and have been staying in a hotel because they understandably no longer feel safe at home. This has put her homeownership plans to a halt and she is now just trying to stay afloat while she looks for an affordable apartment. This assistance would allow her one more week in the extended stay hotel and a few more days of peace for her young children while she navigates a more long term solution.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 02/26/2021

  • East End
  • Believer
  • Bill - Rent

Rosalyn received support with rent

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Rent. Recently, Rosalyn had serious car trouble that prevented her from getting to and from work. She couldn’t afford to lose her job, so she took her rent money to get her car fixed, now Rosalyn needs assistance with paying her rent.

Need was fulfilled for $270.40!

fulfilled on: 02/18/2021

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Bill - Rent

Vernard received support with clothing.

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Clothing. When COVID-19 hit, Vernard lost everything. Now he is in transition and is in need of clothing, shoes, and personal hygiene for employment. Vernard is very humble and eager to get back on his feet and he hasn’t let this setback get him down.

Need was fulfilled for $270.40!

fulfilled on: 02/18/2021

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Clothing (e.g. coats, gloves, shoes)

Lisa received support with shelter

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Shelter. Lisa is staying in an extended stay hotel and is behind. She owes $540 before Monday or will be evicted; Lisa is struggling to come up with the remainder of the balance. Lisa receives disability but is struggling but is unable to provide housing for her and her son. She is working with an agency to find permanent housing. This type of help will prevent Lisa from being evicted from the hotel stay.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 02/16/2021

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Bill - Rent

Evan received assistance paying her rent

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Evan is a very active member of our community and brings joy and light to everyone she meets. She makes it her business to know all her of neighbors and they all appreciate her presence on the block. She lives on a fixed income because she suffered an injury that left her disabled. Her normal outside supports including several family members who usually help cover her household expenses have slowed down because they too are receiving less income due to the pandemic and fewer work hours. Support covering this portion of her rent will make all the difference for her this month and ease this burden for her.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 02/16/2021

  • East End
  • Senior Citizen
  • Bill - Rent

Jessie received support covering his car repair

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Jessie is a senior member of our community. He and his wife live on a very fixed income. He has been experiencing issues with his car's radiator. This vehicle is his sole mode of transportation and he relies heavily on it to get back and forth to doctor's appointment. Maintaining this vehicle in working and safe conditions is extremely important to sustaining his quality of his life.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 02/13/2021

  • Northside
  • Senior Citizen
  • Auto - Repair/Service

Parwin received help paying bills

Partner: IRC

Advisor: Sharon Singer

Parwin and her husband escaped dangerous Afghanistan to Germany to await the processing of their Special Immigrant Visa -- a program that rewards people who worked with the United States military and government in their home country with a new life in the U.S. The family arrived to Richmond in September 2017, achieved self-sufficiency, and were doing well. But now Parwin stopped working when she reached eight months of pregnancy then her husband unexpectedly lost his warehousing job due to COVID-19 layoffs. They need a little assistance making ends meet on all their bills this month while IRC employment specialists help Parwin's husband find a job that will support the family until she can also return to work after having the baby.

Need was fulfilled for $223.60!

fulfilled on: 02/16/2021

  • West End
  • Refugee
  • Bill - Other

Benita received help with groceries.

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Groceries. Benita is a disabled amputee who is currently unemployed since the pandemic began. As a result, her family had to move in together, making it a family size of four. Benita's finances and food allotment alone are not enough to feed and support her family adequately. She is asking for support with food and other necessities to endure this crisis.

Need was fulfilled for $270.40!

fulfilled on: 02/09/2021

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Groceries

Nicole received assistance paying her rent

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Nicole is a single mother of 2 and works part time as a office manager outside the home. She was laid off from her full time job at the beginning of the pandemic and has found it difficult to keep all her bills current and pay for childcare. She has requested rental assistance from other organizations but has been denied because she has not gotten an eviction notice. She is doing the best she can to keep this from occurring and is now reaching out for more non traditional assistance while she continues to search for steady employment. She is grateful to know that there are community members working together to help bridge the gap for those whose needs do not fit the "mold".

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 02/08/2021

  • East End
  • Believer
  • Bill - Rent

Tamika received assistance paying her rent.

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Tamika is a single mother of four living on a fixed income who needs assistance keeping her rent payments up to date. She is diligently trying to secure fulltime employment. She has experience working in housekeeping for area hotels but has found it hard right now to find a place that is able to give her ample hours in this field since the pandemic has caused such a decline in this industry. She has found that being laid off has allowed her to explore other career paths and has expressed a desire to work in transportation with hopes that the hours will be more flexible and allow her more time to be with her children. This is a privilege that she has grown accustomed to and has come to cherish to now that they are all at home.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 02/11/2021

  • East End
  • Believer
  • Bill - Rent

Jazz received help with training and registration

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Registration fees. Jazz, a single young mother of two, is working extremely hard to create a career path that will allow her to sustain a fair wage with flexible hours. Becoming an Armed security office would enable her to apply for government contracts and earn a sustainable income. She needs assistance with registration fees for DCJS to get her certification as a security guard. These fees must be paid online upon registration with a card. At this time, Jazz is not working due to COVID and lack of childcare; her funds are limited. This type of support to change her life and move up the ladder of success.

Need was fulfilled for $166.40!

fulfilled on: 02/09/2021

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Bill - Education

Laverne received support with a laptop

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with a Laptop. Laverne is a senior citizen enrolled in Our workforce program. She is struggling with learning how to navigate technology. She was approved for a basic computer to help her understand how to navigate her emails, texting, and attending a zoom call. She is asking for support with a laptop computer.

Need was fulfilled for $270.40!

fulfilled on: 02/09/2021

  • Richmond
  • Senior Citizen
  • Work - Equipment

Quaesha received support with a laptop

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with a Laptop. Quaesha is a single mom working hard to care for her family. She was recently approved for cosmetology training but found out the class was online in the evenings. Quaesha does not have a computer at home and needs one to attend class. Quaesha is very close to fulfilling her dream of becoming a hair technician. She started a job in December 2020, trying to catch up on her bills; there is no way she can afford a laptop for class. At this time, she is reaching out for support to assist with a computer.

Need was fulfilled for $270.40!

fulfilled on: 02/09/2021

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Work - Equipment

Justice received assistance covering funeral expenses.

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Justice is a young parent and the oldest of four siblings whose mother just passed away on February 2nd due to cardiac arrest. Justice is left to care for her son and three younger sisters in the wake of all this and to make arrangements for a proper burial, which seems like an insurmountable feat on her fixed income. She is leaning on the support of community organizations to help cover the costs and has set up a go fund me page that is slowly making traction. This is an opportunity for community members to connect and support a young woman who is desperately trying her best to stay on the path toward her goals despite everything coming at her.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 02/10/2021

  • East End
  • Believer
  • Other Family Items

Carol received assistance with home repairs

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Carol and her husband are both elderly and receive a fixed income monthly. They have been doing the best they can to keep up the maintenance on the house that they have called home for many years. They could use a little support trying to pull together the funds required to correct an issue that has been compiling due to a set in delipidated windows. Correcting this problem would not allow keep their house properly maintained but will help lower their rising utility bills and remove much of the strain on their already stretched income.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 02/11/2021

  • Northside
  • Senior Citizen
  • Household - Other Items

Ms. Tracey received assistance paying her cell phone bill

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Ms. Tracey has just come into community with Peter Paul and is leaning in to programs because she recognizes her need for others to get through this trying time. She has been a light to get to know and we are better for her presence. She spends most of her days caring for her 17 year old daughter who suffers with mental disability. Neither of them are in a position to work during this time. She has fallen a bit behind on her cell phone and needs assistance paying the past due balance and reconnection fees. We are delighted that Ms. Tracey was vulnerable enough to share her need with people she has so newly come into relationship with and are excited to see how the assistance sets her up for better days ahead.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 02/08/2021

  • East End
  • Believer
  • Bill - Cell Phone

Rochelle received assistance paying her rent

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Rochelle and her partner have both just recently returned to work after a long stint of unemployment due to contracting Covid 19. Her partner's employment is heavily dependent on weather conditions so his income is not always steady. She is a home health nurse and has two young children. They are doing the best they can to keep things afloat and could use a little assistance get everything back on track. They are both very grateful to have recovered and are happy to be back at work. They are hopeful that this is the beginning of better days so that they can get back to focusing on the things that matter most.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 02/05/2021

  • East End
  • Believer
  • Bill - Rent

Ms. Herrera received help with an electricity bill.

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Electricity Bill. Ms. Herrera has recently become a single mom of four. She is seeking full-time employment. Ms. Herrera is trying to stay afloat with all her bills and does not want to continue to fall behind. She is requesting help with her electric bill. This type of assistance would be a great help to Mrs. Herrera.

Need was fulfilled for $270.40!

fulfilled on: 02/02/2021

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Bill - Electricity

Keisha received help with her electricity bill.

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Keisha had been out of work for a while due to personal illness and caring for a sick child. She is now working again and trying to catch up on bills. Keisha is requesting assistance with her electric bill. This type of assistance would be a great help to Keisha and her family.

Need was fulfilled for $270.40!

fulfilled on: 02/02/2021

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Bill - Electricity