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In the City of Richmond nearly 57,000 men, women, and children live in poverty – a shocking 25.4% of our community.  Below are their stories of grit and determination as they work to move from crisis into thriving, and the urgent needs that will hold them back, if not met. Each need below either supports access to employment, satisfies unexpected expenses, or supports the needs of children in the household.

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Marie

Richmond      Single Mother     Groceries     08/17/2020

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.

Support Marie now for $277.94

Lorena

Richmond      Senior Citizen     Small debt & fees     08/18/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building   Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Electricity Bill. Lorena is a retired senior citizen on a fixed income who has a significant balance for her electricity bill. She has not been able to pay down her balance because she used her money to pay for two very important eye surgeries over the past few months. Lorena has spoken with customer service and has been assured that her lights will remain on as long as she can pay something towards her electricity bill. She also will be getting help from friends, family and her local church body. Lorna is looking forward to this bill being reconciled.

Support Lorena now for $277.94

Angie

Richmond      Believer     Unique & urgent     08/21/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building   Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Angie's need was fulfilled for $277.94!

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 .

Support Angie now for $277.94

Helen

East End      Homeless     Unique & urgent     08/17/2020

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center   Advisor: Sherika Chew

Helen's need was fulfilled for $260!

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.

Support Helen now for $260

Shanice

Richmond      Single Mother     Household Essentials     08/16/2020

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa   Advisor: Drew Melson

Shanice's need was fulfilled for $269.41!

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.

Support Shanice now for $269.41

Phyllis

Richmond      Believer     Work clothing & equipment     08/15/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building   Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Phyllis' need was fulfilled for $277.94!

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.

Support Phyllis now for $277.94

Aisha

Richmond      Youth     Household Essentials     08/13/2020

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa   Advisor: Drew Melson

Aisha's need was fulfilled for $269.41!

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.

Support Aisha now for $269.41

Thomas

Richmond      Believer     Household Essentials     08/08/2020

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa   Advisor: Drew Melson

Thomas' need was fulfilled for $269.41!

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.

Support Thomas now for $269.41

Shannithia

Richmond      Single Mother     Work clothing & equipment     08/06/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building   Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Shannithia's need was fulfilled for $277.94!

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.

Support Shannithia now for $277.94

Edna

East End      Senior Citizen     Household Essentials     07/27/2020

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center   Advisor: Sherika Chew

Edna's need was fulfilled for $228.80!

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.

Support Edna now for $228.80

Courtney

Richmond      Single Mother     Groceries     07/21/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building   Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Courtney's need was fulfilled for $277.94!

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.

Support Courtney now for $277.94

Myoshi

Richmond      Believer     Career training     07/20/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building   Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Myoshi's need was fulfilled for $139.10!

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.

Support Myoshi now for $139.10

Lillian

Richmond      Believer     Groceries     07/18/2020

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa   Advisor: Drew Melson

Lillian's need was fulfilled for $269.41!

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.

Support Lillian now for $269.41

Deshon

Richmond      Believer     Auto Repair     07/10/2020

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center   Advisor: Sherika Chew

Deshon's need was fulfilled for $223.60!

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.

Support Deshon now for $223.60

Jannah

West End      Single Mother     Household Essentials     07/09/2020

Partner: IRC   Advisor: Sharon Singer

Jannah's need was fulfilled for $260!

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.

Support Jannah now for $260

Crystal

East End      Single Mother     Small debt & fees     07/08/2020

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center   Advisor: Sherika Chew

Crystal's need was fulfilled for $256.88!

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.

Support Crystal now for $256.88

Asmaan

Northside      Refugee     Household Essentials     07/06/2020

Partner: IRC   Advisor: Sharon Singer

Asmaan's need was fulfilled for $260!

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.

Support Asmaan now for $260

Marell

Richmond      Homeless     Unique & urgent     07/06/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building   Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Marell's need was fulfilled for $270.40!

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.

Support Marell now for $270.40

Alonzo

Richmond      Senior Citizen     Household Essentials     07/06/2020

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa   Advisor: Drew Melson

Alonzo's need was fulfilled for $161.77!

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.

Support Alonzo now for $161.77

Jada

Richmond      Single Mother     Household Essentials     07/06/2020

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa   Advisor: Drew Melson

Jada's need was fulfilled for $269.41!

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.

Support Jada now for $269.41




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