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You’ve supported 159 local needs in the past year.

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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
  • Homeless
  • 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

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

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

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 & 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

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

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

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
  • Homeless
  • 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

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
  • Homeless
  • Household Essentials

Zafar

Partner: IRC

Advisor: Sharon Singer

Zafar has been in the United States since March. He was extremely motivated to find a job right away in order to support his family, but COVID made the job-search process challenging. IRC employment specialists secured him a position in a local food processing plant. The job requires steel-toed boots. The factory is in a remote location, inaccessible by public transportation. Thankfully there is a vanpool, but there is a weekly fee. Your donation will help Zafar with the cost of his safety boots, a month of vanpool fees, and a backpack and insulated lunch bag for the long commute.

Need was fulfilled for $166.40!

fulfilled on: 06/24/2020

  • West End
  • Refugee
  • Work clothing & equipment

Asmaan

Partner: IRC

Advisor: Sharon Singer

Asmaan and her husband arrived in Richmond from Afghanistan less than a year ago, when she was just 20 years old. The young couple was brought to safety thanks to the Special Immigrant Visa program, meaning their lives were at risk at home because of his work for the U.S. government. He studied IT for two years at home and would like to continue his education, but upon arrival to Richmond took a full-time job that would help cover rent and bills. Asmaan has dreams of becoming a nurse, but also took an entry-level job when she first arrived in Richmond. She had to resign from the food-service job when standing on her feet for many hours became painful due to her pregnancy. Having only one income has put a strain on the couple's finances. They could use a little help getting ready for the arrival of their first baby. They were given a crib, but need all the supplies like crib sheets, a stroller, a newborn bathtub, clothing, and diapers.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 07/07/2020

  • Northside
  • Refugee
  • Household Essentials

Felicia

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Felicia needs assistance paying DMV and Court fees that have been charged as a result of a car accident so she can reinstate her license. Fleicia is a single mother of four and works as a PCA assistant. Driving is essential for her because her agency sends her to several elderly clients homes per week on different sides of town. She also has to make sure she is able to get her children to childcare before she is even able to accept any of these jobs. Having to depend on others to transport her and her family where they need to be has presented a huge financial burden for her. Help with clearing these fines will get her back to working regularly and her budget back on track.

Need was fulfilled for $265.72!

fulfilled on: 06/17/2020

  • East End
  • Single Mother
  • Small debt & fees

Shawonna

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Groceries. Shawonna is employed part-time. She is a single mother of three growing girls. With everyone home from school, she finds herself in serious need of groceries, Since the pandemic. Shawonna and her family truly has been impacted by COVID-19. This type of assistance will make a difference.

Need was fulfilled for $267.28!

fulfilled on: 06/21/2020

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Unique & urgent