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Tanya received support with a laptop

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Laptop. Tanya is an enrolled participant in OCWB's Workforce Program. She needs to take a class that is only being offered online. Tanya does not have the technology to support her studies. She is requesting help with a laptop. This type of assistance means she can earn a credential and strengthen her chances of securing employment.

Need was fulfilled for $265.20!

fulfilled on: 03/11/2021

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • School - Technology

Joseph received help with groceries.

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Groceries. Joseph is an enrolled participant in OCWB'sWorkforce Program. He is working part-time due to social distancing and preparing to take the exam to become a certified personal trainer. Joseph is finding it a challenge to stay on top of bills. He is requesting help with groceries to help him get through February.

Need was fulfilled for $218.40!

fulfilled on: 03/11/2021

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Auto - Gas

Ronnay received support with groceries

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Groceries. Ronnay is a single mother who has some health issues and is in need of assistance with food. She has utilized the food banks; however, finds that she can’t use most of the items given and doesn’t want to waste when someone else can use the items. This type of assistance will be a great help to Ronnay and her family.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 03/11/2021

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Groceries

Debbie received assistance paying her electricity bill.

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Debbie spends most of her days providing care for her young grandson, while her daughter works. She has been a school bus driver serving children in our community for many years. Even after the schools closed she was able to pick hours transporting meals to the out of school children through the lunch program. She unfortunately was recently diagnosed with some serious underlying conditions that made it unsafe for her to continue her job and so has been out of work for several months. She is doing the best she can to make ends meet on her limited fixed income and is grateful for the opportunity to receive this assistance in the mean time.

Need was fulfilled for $254.80!

fulfilled on: 03/11/2021

  • Northside
  • Senior Citizen
  • Bill - Electricity

Naya received support with her car note.

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Car Note. Naya is a college student. She has not been to work since being sick with COVID, which has put her behind. She will return to work at the end of the month. Naya needs assistance with her car note so she will be able to return to work. This type of help will prevent Naya's car from being repossessed, which will put her further behind.

Need was fulfilled for $265.20!

fulfilled on: 03/04/2021

  • Richmond
  • Youth
  • Bill - Auto

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

William received support covering his car insurance.

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

William and his wife and young child have been navigating the affects of homelessness for several years and have found it difficult to find consistent affordable housing, The pandemic and its affects on employment have made this journey all the more challenging. They have been blessed recently to secure an apartment now that William has found work. Unfortunately, this apartment is much further outside the area that he and has family had been staying and the network they had built. This has made his car even more essential to their livelihood. Being able to pay the car insurance this month means he can get back and forth to work and keep the momentum they have built as they work to secure a much more steady future for their family,

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 03/11/2021

  • West End
  • Homeless
  • Bill - Other

Leah received support covering her rent this month

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Leah needs assistance paying her rent for the month of February. She and her husband have fallen behind trying to juggle all their finances since his job hours have been so dramatically reduced and inconsistent due to the pandemic. Leah is currently unemployed and is looking for work. Her husband enjoys serving the community as a custodian and hopes to be able continuing in this way again on a more full time basis again soon as the world slowly returns to normal. They are both active members of the community and enjoy their little Church Hill apartment and are super grateful to be apart of this evolving neighborhood.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 03/11/2021

  • East End
  • Believer
  • Bill - Rent

Samesha received support covering her rent and utilities this month

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Samesha and her husband have 3 beautiful little boys and are new to the East End of Richmond. They are excited to have their twin 7 year olds finally return back to school and are grateful to have secured quality childcare their 1year old son. They are optimistic about the changes but have been finding if increasingly more difficult to purchase basic household essentials and cover all of bills since her husband was laid off in November. Purchasing what they needed to get their boys back into school and starting in the new daycare has made them a bit short of what they need to cover their rent for March. Support with this request would provide peace of mind and a bit of a leg up as they get settled in to the neighborhood.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 03/09/2021

  • Central
  • Believer
  • Auto - Gas

Yenita received support with a security deposit

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Security Deposit. Yenita has been caring for an ill family member. Since becoming a caretaker, she has had to move because her home was being sold. Yenita had been staying in a hotel for the last few months and has just secured housing. She needs $2,000 for a security deposit and the first month of rent. Yenita will be receiving $1200 from a crisis fund. She also will receive financial support from churches and friends. This type of help provides a new beginning for her and her family.

Need was fulfilled for $265.20!

fulfilled on: 03/04/2021

  • Richmond
  • 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