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Angela received help with interview attire

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Interview Attire. Angela is a young lady who is currently looking for employment but is need of interview attire to meet with employers. She diligently is working with her Career Advisor to acquire new clothing. Helping Angela is this way will give her the confidence she needs in knowing she is prepared.

Need was fulfilled for $268.32!

fulfilled on: 05/24/2021

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Auto - Gas

Eric received assistance paying the deposit for his new apartment.

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Eric has been living in a rooming house since his release from prison late last year. He has been working at a temp agency and making a strong effort to reestablish himself. He was recently forced into a motel 6 after a tragic house fire in a neighboring house spread to his home and displaced all the residents there. This is not only devastating but came at the absolute worst timing. Though Eric is excited to have just started a new full time job with more secure income and more ability to save, this incident and the aftermath has made this almost impossible. He has been approved for a new apartment but needs assistance paying the deposit since his saving has been depleted in hotel fees.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 05/14/2021

  • East End
  • Returning Citizen
  • Bill - Rent

Tracey received assistance paying cell phone bill

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Tracey is the sole care provider for her adult disabled daughter. She is actively looking for part time work that will support her need to be present and available to meet her daughters needs as well provide supplement income. They are currently making due with the disability benefits they receive but have little breathing room for unexpected expenses. Tracey has recently fallen behind on her cell phone bill due to an administrative error that has caused a lag in the receipt of her benefits. She is need of assistance to cover this expense while she works to sort out the issue.

Need was fulfilled for $249.60!

fulfilled on: 05/14/2021

  • East End
  • Returning Citizen
  • Bill - Cell Phone

Shmere received paying her car note

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Shimere is an active community who recently started a non profit for victims of domestic violence just a few months before being laid off from her job in January. She has been having a tough time getting through the process to receive unemployment benefits, In the interim she has been driving for door dash to pay her bills as she looks for a new job. She recently had a very promising job interview and feels fairly certain that she may have a new job by the end of the month. She is really just trying to hold and keep everything afloat in the meantime and could really use some assistance paying her car note this month since this is currently her only mode of generating income.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 05/07/2021

  • East End
  • Believer
  • Bill - Other

Jaineisa received help with shoes for work.

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Shoes. Jaineisa is a participant in the Mayor's Youth Academy for the City of Richmond. She was recently hired for her first job, and she needs slip-resistant work shoes. This would give Jaineisa a great start.

Need was fulfilled for $104!

fulfilled on: 05/06/2021

  • Richmond
  • Youth
  • Work - Clothing

Dawn received assistance paying her rent

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Dawn is a single mother of two teenage boys. She has been experiencing financial difficulty since covid drastically impacted her ability to work as a home care nurse. She just recently after 3 months of inconsistent income has been asked to return to full time work and has unfortunately been subjected to a car accident at the hands of an uninsured motorist that totaled her car. The lost wages coupled with the car repairs have made it nearly impossible to keep with her normal bills this month. Help paying her rent for the month of May will giving her some breathing room while she waits for her first few paychecks to start coming in and allow her some time to focus on regaining reliable transportation.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 05/14/2021

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Bill - Rent

Shinika received assistance paying her rent

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Shinika works full time and cares for her two year old son. She does her best to connect other members of the community and serve as a example to other young moms she meets. Her goal is to save and work her way out of public housing but is finding affordable housing scarce. She recently experience a set back in her financial plan in the form of an unexpected car repair that has made it difficult to pay her rent this month. Being able to both cover this car expense and simultaneously pay the rent will ensure they she continues to have reliable transportation and keep her credit in good standing while she continues on the path to her long term goals.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 05/14/2021

  • East End
  • Single Mother
  • Bill - Rent

Mehdi received support while a single dad

Partner: IRC

Advisor: Sharon Singer

Mehdi was welcomed to Richmond through the US refugee resettlement program as a religious minority experiencing discrimination in his home country. He arrived in April with his three-year old son, Abas. Mehdi was faced with the terrible decision to bring Abas to safety alone and wait for his wife to arrive later this year on a separate case. Mehdi is in a strange new country, alone, a single dad for the first time. He needs a few items to help manage life as a single parent -- like a portable grocery cart and stroller so Mehdi can safely walk with Abas to and from the grocery store and bus stop.

Need was fulfilled for $119.60!

fulfilled on: 05/05/2021

  • West End
  • Refugee
  • Other Family Items

Brandon received help with his car payment

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with a Car Payment. Brandon needs support with his car note. He is currently waiting to take his exam for CDL, which would change his life tremendously. If he receives this certification, he will not have to worry about income, but in the meantime, he’s struggling to keep up with his bills. Brandon is asking for support with his car note; this would be a great help. Brandon is determined to be successful, and he just needs a little support at this time.

Need was fulfilled for $265.20!

fulfilled on: 05/04/2021

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Bill - Auto

Cordeila received assistance paying her rent

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Cordeila is a single mother of a promising teenage middle school student. She is extremely active in her community and devotes as much time as she can to her daughters after school activities that her job will allow. She was recently hospitalized with a covid induced pneumonia and is thrilled to be back on her feet and at work again. Unfortunately though this incident has caused her to fall behind her bills. She is currently in need of assistance paying her rent so that she can continue to focus on what matters most, helping her community and attending her daughter's softball's games

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 05/02/2021

  • Southside
  • Single Mother
  • Bill - Rent

Basil received support with groceries

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Groceries. Basil is a senior citizen who has a serious medical condition and is unable to work. He has been falling a lot and is looking for another place to live on the first floor. Basil is waiting for food benefits but in the meantime needs help with groceries. Many people are helping him with meals, but he needs something more sustainable. This type of assistance will be a great help to Basil.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 05/06/2021

  • Richmond
  • Senior Citizen
  • Groceries

Dwayne received help with groceries

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Groceries. Dwayne is enrolling in the is a single father of two children who also is a returning citizen. He has his Forklift, OSHA, and ServSpace certifications. Dwayne is applying for customer service positions. While he is looking for work, he needs help with groceries as he is waiting for his temporary benefits to commence. Dwayne is excited about beginning a new life.

Need was fulfilled for $208!

fulfilled on: 05/02/2021

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Groceries

Sam received assistance paying his electricity bill.

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Sam is an artist and works with community organizations to provide access to art programs for children in Richmond. He has recently moved and is having trouble paying the deposit for his electricity bill since his working hours have been significantly cut due to less opportunities for community gatherings. This has dramatically impacted his ability to offer art programs. Sam is a very essential asset to the community and treasured member of the Peter Paul family.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 05/02/2021

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Bill - Electricity

Iyanna received support with school books.

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Books. Iyanna was born and raised in the East End of Richmond and recently graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan University with a bachelors in sociology. She is very passionate about returning to the East End community to provide quality mental health services to families. She was recently accepted to Liberty University for a Masters in Clinical Mental Health. This degree is going to open doors for her to achieve her ultimate goal of being a mental health counselor at a school or community center in the neighborhood. While Iyanna is working now, she's going to have to go down to part time to make time for her classes. This loss in income is causing her to try to cut costs as much as possible. This giving wall donation will allow her to purchase her books.

Need was fulfilled for $265.20!

fulfilled on: 05/04/2021

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • School - Other Items

Levi received a mattress

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa

Advisor: Drew Melson

Levi’s mother passed away in the fall of 2019 after a long battle with cancer. His father was diagnosed with COVID in February, but as Levi’s primary caregiver he was unable to isolate and had to power through his illness to provide the most basic care for Levi. Levi became severely sick and was admitted into the ICU. After over two months in the hospital, Levi is beginning to breathe on his own but will likely need additional rehab. His father has been by his side every day since the hospital has allowed visitors. He is preparing the house for Levi’s return and is need of a new mattress for his son.

Need was fulfilled for $269.41!

fulfilled on: 05/02/2021

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

Chris received support with groceries

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Groceries. Chris is a single mom of two children, one with special needs. She also works full time but is not bringing home enough money to make ends me eat. Chris” children have been home during the pandemic and it has been a challenge to keep food in the house. She is asking for support for groceries for her and her children at this time.

Need was fulfilled for $265.20!

fulfilled on: 04/27/2021

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Groceries

Dana received help with clothes.

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Work Clothes. Dana has been unemployed for some time until recently. He just secured a job. Dana needs assistance with purchasing clothes as he has started a new job this month. He is excited about his new career. This type of assistance will be a great help to Dana.

Need was fulfilled for $224.64!

fulfilled on: 04/30/2021

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

Erendira received help with a electricity bill.

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Electric Bill. Erendira is experiencing financial hardship. Ms. Lopez's partner is the primary provider for their family of six. He recently lost his job and is currently working on obtaining new employment. Erendira is requesting help to pay a portion of her electric bill to help them stay another month afloat.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 04/22/2021

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Bill - Electricity

Chris received help with tires

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Tires. Chris has been out of work for the last three months. He was hired recently as a Forklift Operator for a warehouse. However, Chris fell behind in some of his bills. He needs assistance with a partial payment for his tires to commute to work every day. This type of assistance will be a tremendous help to Chris.

Need was fulfilled for $253.76!

fulfilled on: 04/21/2021

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Auto - Repair/Service

Cesia received help with a utility bill.

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Utility Bill. Cesia and her family are experiencing financial hardship. Due to Covid-19 and lack of child care Cesia lost her job in 2020. In January 2021 Cesia’s husband, Lester Ambrosio, lost his job. They currently cannot afford to cover the expense for their electricity bill. This would be a great help to Cesia and her family.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 04/20/2021

  • Central
  • Believer
  • Bill - Utility