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You’ve supported 244 local needs in the past year.

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Frank

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with a Laptop. Frank is excited about attending CDL school at the Community College; however, he did not realize the first session is online due to social distancing. He does not have a computer and plans to attend school during the day. Public libraries are open with restrictions, but by the time Frank finishes school, they are closed. He needs a computer to complete his training at home and assignments.

Need was fulfilled for $278.20!

fulfilled on: 08/23/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Work clothing and equipment

Marie

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Groceries. Marie needs help with food for her family. She lost her job as a result of COVID-19. Marie has five children who have been home since the beginning of quarantine and things have been really tough. Although she goes back to work next month she has not been able to work temp jobs because of a health condition. This type of assistance would mean a lot to the family.

Need was fulfilled for $277.94!

fulfilled on: 08/16/2020

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Groceries

Angie

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with School Supplies. Angie is the Founder and Creator of Moving Arth, a day care program that helps prevent youth from becoming dependent or co-dependent on government funds by giving them the knowledge and skills to obtain a sustainable future starting at ages 2yrs.- 11yrs. She has developed a curriculum based on what she has heard from families in the community and knowledge gained from the Pre Teaching Program T J. Sargeant Reynolds. In order to prepare and perform these curriculums successfully she will need particular materials for in home learning such as: a desk or a long table, pencils, a black board, chalk, sanitizing wipes, play dough, books, paint, box tissue computers .

Need was fulfilled for $277.94!

fulfilled on: 08/12/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Unique & urgent

Phyllis

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with a Laptop. Phyllis is enrolled in OCWB’s Workforce Program. She is a direct care worker but trying to enhance her skill set to transition into more of a clerical role in the Healthcare Administration field. At this time Phyllis is enrolled in an online class, but she is having challenges with her computer. She is asking for support to purchase a new laptop. Phyllis has some health challenges that has caused an increased cost in copays and medication. This type of assistance will be a great help to Phyllis.

Need was fulfilled for $277.94!

fulfilled on: 08/12/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Work clothing and equipment

Helen

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Helen is a single mother who is caring for her children and her elderly mother. The entire family is staying in a motel currently and are saving for their own place. Helen works as a CNA and personal care assistant for the elderly but her work has been significantly impacted due to Covid19 Pandemic. She is need of assistance paying for her room while she awaits unemployment benefits.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 08/08/2020

  • East End
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Unique & urgent

Shanice

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa

Advisor: Drew Melson

Shanice experienced homelessness for four years when she aged out of foster care. After living through an abusive situation in a rooming house and moving to a women’s shelter, she found stable housing in her own name through Flagler Housing & Homeless Services at St. Joseph’s Villa. While Shanice and her baby boy now have a safe place to call home, she is facing financial challenges after being laid off from her job. Shanice needs assistance with clothing, baby supplies, cleaning supplies, and other household essentials as she seeks employment.

Need was fulfilled for $269.41!

fulfilled on: 08/07/2020

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Household - Essentials (e.g. toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.)

Aisha

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa

Advisor: Drew Melson

Aisha became homeless at 18 years old when she aged out of foster care. After two years of staying in shelters and stabilization programs, Aisha recently found an affordable apartment and support services through Flagler Housing & Homeless Services at St. Joseph’s Villa. She is planning to maintain her housing independently in less than a year, and is working toward obtaining a new job with a higher income. In the meantime, Aisha needs help with start-up essentials for her new home, including bedding, rugs, shower curtains, towels, cleaning supplies and kitchenware.

Need was fulfilled for $269.41!

fulfilled on: 08/04/2020

  • Richmond
  • Youth
  • Household - Essentials (e.g. toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.)

Thomas

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa

Advisor: Drew Melson

Thomas is 17-year-old gentle giant with intellectual disabilities. He loves attending school, baking, playing with his dogs, cuddling with his father and going for walks in his neighborhood. The air mattress he had been sleeping on recently popped, and his family cannot afford to provide a new one. He is in need of a full size mattress, or larger, with a waterproof mattress cover for a comfortable night’s sleep.

Need was fulfilled for $269.41!

fulfilled on: 07/31/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Household - Essentials (e.g. toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.)

Shannithia

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with a Laptop. Shannithia is a proud single mother of three, determined to enhance her skillset. After years working minimum wage jobs, she is ready to invest in herself, and has enrolled in school with Career Start. To succeed, she desperately needs a laptop. Living on a tight budget, and taking care of her three children, Shannithia cannot afford to pay a babysitter while she goes to the library to access a computer. To keep up with her school work and perform up to her abilities, she needs computer access at home.

Need was fulfilled for $277.94!

fulfilled on: 07/31/2020

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Work clothing and equipment

Courtney

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Groceries – Courtney is enrolled in OCWB’s Workforce Program. She has worked in transportation, but was laid off recently due to the pandemic. Courtney is looking for work actively, but needs help with groceries. She is the single mother of three children who all have been home since the State of Virginia closed in March. This type of assistance will help Courtney and her family.

Need was fulfilled for $277.94!

fulfilled on: 07/20/2020

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Groceries

Myoshi

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Career Training. Myoshi is determined to become a personal care assistant, and hopes to attend a private school for two weeks to obtain her PCA certification. Myoshi wants to attend in person, because she does not yet have any computer skills to attend the online courses offered by many PCA programs. Your support will help Myoshi reserve her spot in the class, and take the next step in her professional journey.

Need was fulfilled for $139.10!

fulfilled on: 07/15/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Career training

Lillian

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa

Advisor: Drew Melson

Lillian has been in and out of hospitalization for mental health over the past year, making it difficult to maintain employment. She is currently experiencing homelessness as a result, and has no family to turn to for help. She recently found a part-time job and is trying her best to get back on her feet. Assistance with groceries would help provide stability for Lillian while she’s on the waiting list for an income-based apartment.

Need was fulfilled for $269.41!

fulfilled on: 07/14/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Groceries

Edna

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Edna is a senior citizen and valued member of our community, in need of assistance catching up on her household utilities. She spends most of her days helping her neighbors who are older but not as able-bodied as she is, being community for those who feel isolated and alone. Her ability to be this for others, she says, is due to her rich connections and social interactions at Peter Paul. Despite her financial challenges, she is always smiling. This assistance will relieve significant stress, and allow her to continue being a bright light on the East End.

Need was fulfilled for $228.80!

fulfilled on: 07/15/2020

  • East End
  • Senior Citizen
  • Household - Essentials (e.g. toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.)

Crystal

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Crystal a single mother of 3 beautiful boys and is in need of assistance covering her utilities this month. She has been working diligently with community agencies to take the necessary steps to move out of public housing and cover all the expenses that are associated with that. This and other implications as a result of Covid have put quite a strain on her budget. Any help she receives toward covering these utilities will make all the difference in helping her to stay on track toward her goals.

Need was fulfilled for $256.88!

fulfilled on: 07/08/2020

  • East End
  • Single Mother
  • Small debt & fees

Deshon

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Deshon is need of assistance repairing his car. This is his only mode of transportation since he does not work on the bus line. He does not have a huge support system since he is away from his parents currently and moved here to Richmond for school. He loves his job and sees a bright future there. He is doing the best he can to keep his car maintained so that he can keep his job and continue to support himself without adding any more burden to his parents.

Need was fulfilled for $223.60!

fulfilled on: 07/09/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Auto Repair

Jada

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa

Advisor: Drew Melson

Jada is a single mother of 3 boys who has managed ups and downs in employment during the COVID-19 crisis. She was recently brought back to her retail job at $8 an hour after being laid off. Her schedule is unpredictable, making it very difficult to budget to weekly expenses. She’s doing her best to save for an air conditioner to help with her son’s asthma, which worsens with the summer heat. Assistance with groceries and the air conditioning unit would greatly help Jada through this period of instability.

Need was fulfilled for $269.41!

fulfilled on: 07/03/2020

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Household - Essentials (e.g. toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.)

Alonzo

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa

Advisor: Drew Melson

Alonzo is a senior citizen who was recently housed after experiencing homelessness for more than 10 years. He is sharing his new apartment and is need of a mini-refrigerator to store his personal groceries, which he takes great pride in providing himself. In past living situations, Alonzo has dealt with food being taken from him. He believes that this last item will help him on his path to independence as he seeks to maintain his home and reunite with his family.

Need was fulfilled for $161.77!

fulfilled on: 06/26/2020

  • Richmond
  • Senior Citizen
  • Household - Essentials (e.g. toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.)

Marell

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Rent. Marell is a senior who is enrolled in one of our career stations. He needs is in need of rent assistance. Marell lives in federally subsidized housing. He missed his appointment for recertification because he was sick in the hospital. Now, he is being charged the market rate for rent. If Marell is not able to reconcile his balance, he will be facing eviction. He urgently needs help until he is able to get another appointment for recertification.

Need was fulfilled for $270.40!

fulfilled on: 06/27/2020

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Unique & urgent

Jannah

Partner: IRC

Advisor: Sharon Singer

Jannah escaped a horrifically abusive marriage. She is strong and determined to make it on her own while caring for her four young children, aged 14 to 4 1/2. With gifts from her faith community, she received most of what is needed to furnish a house, but needs a few more essentials to start life over on her own. The IRC is helping Jannah look for work and childcare. Both have been a challenge due to COVID, but Jannah's persistence and motivation will see her through.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 06/29/2020

  • West End
  • Single Mother
  • Household - Essentials (e.g. toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.)

Gwen

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Furniture. Gwen was homeless up until a month ago. As she transitions into her own place for the first time in over ten years, she will have to start from scratch. Caritas is willing to provide her with all the essentials and furniture she needs to move. All Gwen has to do is pay the process and delivery fee. This is a new beginning for Gwen and she is extremely excited about her new start.

Need was fulfilled for $185.33!

fulfilled on: 06/26/2020

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Household - Essentials (e.g. toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.)