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You’ve supported 228 local needs in the past year.

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Emily received Assistance making her car payment

Partner: Safe Harbor

Advisor: Victoria Barahona

Emily is a survivor of domestic violence. After experiencing years of Domestic violence, Emily made the brave decision to leave with her daughter. In that time, Emily has worked towards finding employment and stable housing but has faced several challenges. Due to her financial instability, Emily has missed some car payments and is behind. Emily does not want to risk losing her only means of transportation, which has also been her home at times. This assistance would

Need was fulfilled for $520!

fulfilled on: 12/06/2023

  • Richmond
  • Survivor
  • Bill - Auto

Alex received steel toed boots.

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Jenn Patterson

Alex has been in shelter for the past three months and has been working toward consistent, stable employment in order to be able to move toward housing. In order to increase his job opportunities, Alex is in need of steel toed boots.

Need was fulfilled for $104!

fulfilled on: 12/01/2023

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Work - Shoes

Kevin received gas money.

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Jenn Patterson

Kevin has been in shelter two times in the past six months due to being put out of his family home. Despite having disabilities, Kevin is hoping to find consistent employment and is in need of funds for gas to be able to find employment and maintain it until he begins receiving pay checks.

Need was fulfilled for $119.60!

fulfilled on: 12/06/2023

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Auto - Gas

Kimberly received help paying her phone bill

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Tori Purcell

Kimberly has been staying at CARITAS Women's Emergency Shelter since the beginning of November and has been working on saving for moving into permanent housing. She is looking for assistance with her phone bill. Your assistance will allow her to keep her phone on and will aid in her housing search and contact with landlords and other community service providers.

Need was fulfilled for $166.40!

fulfilled on: 11/27/2023

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Bill - Cell Phone

Nasir received clothing and shoes

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Jenn Patterson

Nasir recently came to shelter after being kicked out of his family home. He came to shelter with only the clothing on his back. Due to his stature, there is a lack of donations that are able to fit him. Assisting him with clothing will allow him to attend interviews and obtain employment, leading to further stability.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 11/20/2023

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

Andre received a bike and bike lock.

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Jenn Patterson

Andre recently came to shelter after losing his employment and becoming unable to afford his bills. He has taken an active role in managing his mental health and is beginning to look for other stable employments. Assistance with a bike and a bike lock would support him in securing employment that would lead to him regaining stable housing.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 11/19/2023

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Work - Equipment

Ronald received assistance paying off a DMV fine.

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Jenn Patterson

Ronald recently became homeless after having medical complications that led to him losing his employment. As a result, Ronald's bills have gone unpaid, including some DMV fines - that have resulted in him not being able to use his car. Assistance with paying off this DMV fine will support him in having transportation to necessary medical appointments and eventually employment.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 11/20/2023

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Bill - Other

Riley received assistance paying auto fees

Partner: Safe Harbor

Advisor: Victoria Barahona

Riley has been working towards an exit plan for her and her child to leave an unsafe situation. She has been proactive in seeking help and shelter despite facing setbacks. Riley has also been working towards finding employment but has had a hard time due to being unable to drive because of overdue car fees. This support would help Riley overcome this barrier and ultimately help her continue to work towards her exit plan.

Need was fulfilled for $364!

fulfilled on: 11/20/2023

  • Richmond
  • Survivor
  • Auto - Repair/Service

Shay received help with her storage unit

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Tori Purcell

Shay has been staying at CARITAS Women's Emergency Shelter for the past month and a half. During this time, she's been working on finding employment and paying off debts. One bill that she has not been able to keep up with is her storage unit. Your assistance will allow her to get caught up on her storage unit payment and maintain the belongings that she is storing for her move into permanent housing.

Need was fulfilled for $46.80!

fulfilled on: 11/09/2023

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Bill - Rent

Chloe received clothing for her children

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa

Advisor: Drew Melson

Chloe is a single mother who arrived in Virginia from Georgia after fleeing an abusive relationship. She recently obtained housing through the rapid re-housing program at St. Joseph’s Villa, while receiving domestic violence support services from community partners. She is settling into her new residence, is applying for jobs and has registered her children for school. Chloe hopes to have a source of income soon, and until then would be grateful for assistance with clothing and shoes for her children.

Need was fulfilled for $269.41!

fulfilled on: 11/09/2023

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

Herman received assistance to pay off personal property taxes.

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Jenn Patterson

Herman has been receiving services after experiencing a medical illness that has caused him to not be able to afford his expenses. Herman is able to put some money toward the bill, but is in need of financial support to aid him in paying off personal property taxes for his vehicle. Paying off this fine will aid him in being able to use his transportation to obtain and maintain employment.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 11/11/2023

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Bill - Other

Pauline received help paying her phone bill

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Tori Purcell

Pauline has been staying at CARITAS Women's Emergency Shelter for the past two weeks. During this time she's been working with us on job search to fine long-term employment, but has been unable to pay her phone bill, which she relies on for her job search. Your assistance will allow her to pay her bill before her service cuts off and to reliably continue her employment search.

Need was fulfilled for $67.60!

fulfilled on: 11/02/2023

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Bill - Cell Phone

Samantha received help with her storage unit

Partner: Caritas

Advisor: Tori Purcell

Samantha has been staying at CARITAS Women's Emergency Shelter for the past week. While here, she's been focusing on finding employment and working towards stable housing. While she is living in the Emergency Shelter, she needs to continue to pay her storage unit bill so that she can keep her belongings. Your assistance will help her with paying for her storage unit for September and October while she works on permanent housing.

Need was fulfilled for $280.80!

fulfilled on: 11/02/2023

  • Richmond
  • Experiencing Homelessness
  • Bill - Rent

Kristin received assistance with transportation

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa

Advisor: Drew Melson

Kristin is a single mom who receives mental health support services through St. Joseph’s Villa along with her son. She is doing her best to maintain employment, but inflating gas prices have put a strain on her monthly budget. Kristin would greatly appreciate assistance with gas money as she works to attain stability and provide for her family.

Need was fulfilled for $134.68!

fulfilled on: 10/31/2023

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Auto - Gas

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