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Survivor Erin received assistance reinstating her license

Partner: Safe Harbor

Advisor: Victoria Barahona

Erin became homeless due to fleeing a domestic violence situation. She was homeless with her toddler for months, living out of her car, staying with friends, and paying for the occasional hotel stay. During this time, she could not afford her car insurance, and as a result, the DMV suspended her license for driving without insurance. Erin has finally been approved for housing, has moved into her new place, and is working to find stable employment. But her license is still suspended and that has been a barrier to a lot of employment opportunities. Having her license reinstated would help her land a job and finally gain stable housing and income again after all these months.

Need was fulfilled for $520!

fulfilled on: 11/08/2023

  • Richmond
  • Survivor
  • Bill - Auto

Hellen received support paying for her children's self defense classes

Partner: Safe Harbor

Advisor: Lily Miller

Hellen has been working to get her kids rehoused and back to some normalcy after having to leave their home. Experiencing abuse coupled with having to leave their home has been very difficult on her two teenagers. In order to gain back a sense of control and safety, Hellen has been taking her kids to self-defense Krav Maga classes. She needs your support to be able to continue funding these classes for her kids to form a sense of security and confidence.

Need was fulfilled for $312!

fulfilled on: 11/02/2023

  • Richmond
  • Survivor
  • Bill - Education

Irene received assistance with clothing

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa

Advisor: Drew Melson

Irene is a single mother working with St. Joseph’s Villa to obtain housing for her and her son, so they can leave the shelter where they currently stay. Without income, Irene was unable to continue paying for her storage unit, and as a result lost important documents, clothes and furniture. She recently found a job, and while she is training she would greatly appreciate assistance with new clothing for her and her son – especially now that the seasons are changing.

Need was fulfilled for $269.41!

fulfilled on: 11/05/2023

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

Elena received assistance with a laptop

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa

Advisor: Drew Melson

Elena, single mother of a two-year-old, recently moved to Richmond from Texas. Despite losing her housing, she has remained motivated, hardworking, and adaptable to changes that have come her way. She found an affordable apartment through the rapid rehousing program at St. Joseph’s Villa, close to the school her son will attend. Now with a safe place to call home, Elena would be grateful for assistance with a laptop so that she can sustain a work-from-home job and provide care for her son after school.

Need was fulfilled for $269.41!

fulfilled on: 10/27/2023

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Work - Equipment

Bob received assistance paying for student's technical center class fees and cosmetology kit.

Partner: Henrico County Public Schools Office of Family & Community Engagement

Advisor: Virginia Hansom

Bob, a devoted single father to twin high school senior girls. Just as September rolled in, he faced an unexpected and harsh blow – losing his job after dedicating over three years of hard work. Now, he's faced with a challenging situation. Bob's heart's desire is to see his daughters succeed in their cosmetology dreams, but he's struggling to make ends meet. He's looking for a helping hand to cover half of their cosmetology fees, which includes $150 for the state board kit and $70 in class dues (with a commendable $10 already saved). With a new job on the horizon, Bob is determined to shoulder the rest of the fees before Christmas and Winter Break, ensuring his daughters' dreams shine as bright as their spirits.

Need was fulfilled for $114.40!

fulfilled on: 10/27/2023

  • East End
  • Single Father
  • School - Other Items

Anita received help paying her phone bill

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Tori Purcell

Anita has been staying at CARITAS Women's Emergency Shelter for a little over a week. She has been focused on finding employment while at CARITAS, but has been struggling due to her phone service being cut off. Your assistance will allow her to pay her past due phone bill and to have a reliable way to contact potential employers.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 10/28/2023

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Bill - Cell Phone

Stephanie received help paying her car insurance

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Tori Purcell

Stephanie has been staying at CARITAS Women's Emergency Shelter for the past month. During her time here, she's been working on housing searching and saving for a place of her own. Stephanie currently has a bill for her car insurance that is past due. Your assistance will allow her to get caught up on this bill and continue focusing on her housing.

Need was fulfilled for $257.92!

fulfilled on: 10/27/2023

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Bill - Auto

Susan received a new phone

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Tori Purcell

Susan came to CARITAS Women's Emergency Shelter last week and has been struggling to connect to service providers as she doesn't currently have a cellphone. Your assistance will allow Susan to coordinate appointments and eventually to work on job stability and housing.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 10/28/2023

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Bill - Cell Phone

Natasha received Assistance for a birthday for her son

Partner: Safe Harbor

Advisor: Victoria Barahona

Natasha is single mother who is currently residing in a shelter program. Her son's birthday is coming up and due to her current situation and circumstances she is unable to provide a present or celebration for her son. This assistance would provide her the ability to take steps toward family reunification.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 10/28/2023

  • Richmond
  • Survivor
  • Bill - Other

Adrian received a tank of gas

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Tori Purcell

Adrian has been staying at CARITAS Men's Emergency Shelter for the past month. During this time, he's been trying to keep up with work and doctor's appointments. He is seeking assistance with a tank of gas in order to support him from getting to and from work and appointments. Your assistance will allow Adrian to fill up his gas tank and get where he needs to go.

Need was fulfilled for $57.20!

fulfilled on: 10/20/2023

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Auto - Gas

Kari received support with utility bills

Partner: Safe Harbor

Advisor: Lily Miller

Survivor and single mother, Kari needs assistance with her dominion utility bill. The physical abuse she has experienced made it difficult for her to work. She missed time from work due to multiple stays in the hospital. She is still recovering physically and mentally while keeping her family afloat. She is currently working a full-time job in addition to a part-time job to make ends meet. Kari is also an artist on the side and expresses herself through her creativity. Your aid will assist her in keeping her family's lights on.

Need was fulfilled for $312!

fulfilled on: 10/20/2023

  • Richmond
  • Survivor
  • Bill - Electricity

Lina received help getting her green card

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Tori Purcell

Lina has been staying at CARITAS Women's Emergency Shelter for the past two weeks. While here, she's found employment and is able to start work as soon as she turns in the required documentation. Lina needs to order a replacement green card before she can start work. Your assistance will help her get this paid and start saving for housing.

Need was fulfilled for $57.20!

fulfilled on: 10/18/2023

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Bill - Other

Lisa received help paying off her arrear

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Tori Purcell

Lisa has been staying at CARITAS Women's Emergency Shelter for the past two weeks. She's been working as much as possible and focusing on paying off a rental arrear that she has on her record. This arrear is a barrier for her getting approved for housing. She has paid the majority of this arrear herself, but needs a little assistance with the remainder that she does owe. Your assistance will help her get the arrear fully paid, off her record, and allow her to qualify for many apartments in the area.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 10/25/2023

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Bill - Rent

Natasha received rental support.

Partner: Henrico County Public Schools Office of Family & Community Engagement

Advisor: Virginia Hansom

Natasha is a resilient single mother who wears her love and dedication for her three children and grandchild like a badge of honor. In May, Natasha faced the harsh reality of losing her full-time job, a blow that could have brought anyone to their knees. Despite the setbacks, she persevered, working tirelessly in a part-time job, with every paycheck earmarked to support her family's needs. As the new school year began, Natasha put her children's well-being above all else, ensuring they had the tools they needed to succeed. However, this selfless act led to her falling behind on rent, a situation that weighs heavily on her heart. Natasha finds herself facing a daunting deficit, with the looming threat of eviction casting a shadow over her family's future. Natasha's determination shines through as she looks forward to a new, full-time job starting on 10/15, promising better financial security and a brighter path ahead.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 10/14/2023

  • East End
  • Single Mother
  • Bill - Rent

Mary received assistance needed regarding student's cosmetology fee.

Partner: Henrico County Public Schools Office of Family & Community Engagement

Advisor: Virginia Hansom

Mary is a single mother. She is struggling to pay her daughter's cosmetology fee because of unforeseen circumstances and broken promises by her ex-husband. Mary divorced in 2015 due to spousal abuse for 19 years. Both of her children witnessed the abuse. She has a new grandson ( her son's child) that she takes care of because her son is not working and hasn't worked for 4 weeks. Mary's truck recently broke down. She got the truck fixed but has fallen behind paying the cosmetology fee. Mary states her daughter is an excellent student and she doesn't want her mistakes to mess up her daughter's chances of making something of herself.

Need was fulfilled for $218.40!

fulfilled on: 10/23/2023

  • East End
  • Single Mother
  • School - Other Items

Charles received a bike and a bike lock

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Tori Purcell

Charles has been at CARITAS Men's Emergency Shelter for the past week and has been working on finding employment. Charles does not currently have any transportation and is limited to job options on the bus line. Your assistance will allow Charles to obtain a bike and a bike lock that he can use to get and maintain employment.

Need was fulfilled for $270.40!

fulfilled on: 10/20/2023

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Household - Other Items

Margo received assistance with her move in fees

Partner: Safe Harbor

Advisor: Victoria Barahona

Margo is a survivor of sexual and intimate partner violence residing in a transitional program. After months of financial and employment hardship, Margo was approved for her very first apartment. Margo can't believe this day has come but is looking forward to having a safe space to call home but is short on her move-in fees. This financial assistance would help Margo pay her move-in expenses.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 10/12/2023

  • Richmond
  • Survivor
  • Bill - Other

Charnelle received assistance with utility bill.

Partner: Henrico County Public Schools Office of Family & Community Engagement

Advisor: Virginia Hansom

Charnelle is a dedicated working mother striving to provide for her two precious children. As the back-to-school season approached, she faced unforeseen financial hurdles that led her to fall behind on her electric bill. The weight of these challenges bears heavily on her heart, and she is reaching out in search of a helping hand to bring her back on track. Your support and kindness can make all the difference in her journey to secure a brighter future for her family.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 10/10/2023

  • East End
  • Single Mother
  • Bill - Electricity

Tariq received big and tall clothing.

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Jenn Patterson

Tariq was recently in a substance treatment program but was unable to complete it due to his mental health. He has since come into shelter to be able to get connected to community resources to promote his stable housing. Tariq is in need of big and tall clothing, as places that he has accessed for donations do not have his size. He is actively seeking employment once his mental health is stabilized.

Need was fulfilled for $208!

fulfilled on: 10/08/2023

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Work - Clothing

Safe Harbor Survivors received Ring Camera

Partner: Safe Harbor

Advisor: Victoria Barahona

This support would directly help fund ring cameras for survivors of sexual and domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking and allow them to feel safe in their homes.

Need was fulfilled for $104!

fulfilled on: 10/04/2023

  • Richmond
  • Survivor
  • Bill - Other