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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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Israel

South Central      Believer     Small debt & fees     05/25/2020

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

Israel's need was fulfilled for $265.72!

Help with Utilities. Israel is an Electrical Apprentice who also is enrolled in the Office of Community Wealth Building's Workforce Program. He has a large family and many of his family members have experienced a reduction in work hours since March of this year. Although Israel's utilities are still connected, the deadline for payment is fast- approaching. Israel needs help with payment towards this bill until he can return to work on a full-time basis.

Support Israel now for $265.72

Tanna

Richmond      Single Mother     Unique & urgent     05/23/2020

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

Tanna's need was fulfilled for $265.72!

Help with Groceries and Household Essentials. Tanna recently lost her job due to COVID 19. Out of her family of five, two were employed, now there is one working. Tanna is in the process of applying for unemployment benefits. However, in the meantime, her funds are running low, and food is scarce. Tanna needs food and simple household items like toiletries, masks, gloves, disinfectants, toilet paper, and paper towels. She wants to get items from the community, but without proper Protective Gear- it's not safe. Tanna is asking for support to help her family get through this time.

Support Tanna now for $265.72

Peggy

Richmond      Believer     Unique & urgent     05/23/2020

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

Peggy's need was fulfilled for $148.80!

Help with Tires. Peggy is out of work temporarily, due to the COVID -19. She is receiving compensation but her money is being used for food, and to pay other bills. Peggy cannot afford to purchase new or used tires that she needs to pass a Virginia State Inspection. She needs her inspection to operate her vehicle before she returns to work. Peggy is reaching out for assistance towards the purchase a tire for her vehicle.

Support Peggy now for $148.80

Kevontra

Richmond      Single Mother     Small debt & fees     05/23/2020

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

Kevontra's need was fulfilled for $137.52!

Help with Utility Bill. Kevontra is a single mother of two children who, like many of our city residents has experienced a loss in income during this period of social distancing. She is requesting help with payment toward a utility bill. This type of assistance will be a great help to her family.

Support Kevontra now for $137.52

Liam

Richmond      Teenager     Household Essentials     05/22/2020

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

Liam's need was fulfilled for $267.84!

Help with Groceries and Clothing. Liam is a 14-year-old student living in a six-person household. He was in the process of securing a worker’s permit and job before COVID-19, hoping to support his family and gain skills for success in the future. The current pandemic has restricted Liam’s opportunities for employment. Assistance with food and clothing will help his family through these difficult times as he continues his job search.

Support Liam now for $267.84

Isabella

Richmond      Believer     Household Essentials     05/22/2020

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

Isabella's need was fulfilled for $267.84!

Help with Groceries and Hygiene Products. Isabella is a fully devoted mother taking care of four children – one who has severe autism, and one who is just turning two years old. She has very limited English language skills and does not currently work. Her two older children are still school age and do their best to help out where they can. Support with groceries and personal hygiene products (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, dish and laundry detergent) would make it possible for Isabella to afford other urgent needs for her family, including pest extermination services, and maintain a healthy home environment.

Support Isabella now for $267.84

Jacqueline

Richmond      Believer     Small debt & fees     05/21/2020

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

Jacqueline's need was fulfilled for $265.72!

Help with Electric Bill. Jacqueline is enrolled in a participant in the Office of Community Wealth Building’s Workforce Program. She is working as a Certified Nurse Assistant. Jacqueline’s hours were reduced as a result of social distancing. She is requesting help with payment toward her electric bill before the end of the month so she is able to keep her lights on. Jacqueline will be able to cover the remaining balance of $120 with her income.

Support Jacqueline now for $265.72

Stanley

Richmond      Believer     Small debt & fees     05/15/2020

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

Stanley's need was fulfilled for $265.72!

Help with Utility Bill. Stanley is a senior enrolled in the Office of Community's Wealth Building workforce program. He has experienced a reduction in work hours as a result of social distancing. Many companies had suspended account payments from March - April. However, Stanley's bill will be due in a few weeks. He is asking for assistance with money toward his Dominion Power Bill. Stanley will be able to cover the remainder of the balance with his income

Support Stanley now for $265.72

Steven

Richmond      Believer     Work clothing & equipment     05/15/2020

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

Steven's need was fulfilled for $265.72!

Help with Laptop. Steven is a participant in the Office of Community Wealth Building's workforce program. He is an adult tutor who normally gives in-person instruction to students. Since this period of social distancing, Steven has found it challenging to instruct his students as he does not have a computer at home. He is asking for assistance with a laptop, so he can continue to make a living as a tutor.

Support Steven now for $265.72

Andrew

Northside      Believer     Groceries     05/13/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building   Advisor: Janette McGrady

Andrew's need was fulfilled for $212.58!

Help with Groceries. Andrew is a warehouse worker who was laid-off of his job in Jan 2020. He finds the job search process challenging during this time of he finds it difficult to obtain employment during this period of social distancing. Andrew is receiving unemployment benefits. However, with around $250 a week, it is difficult to cover all of his bills: rent, electricity, groceries, among other responsibilities. Andrew is asking for help with groceries as he continues to look for work.

Support Andrew now for $212.58

Dominica

East End      Believer     Small debt & fees     05/13/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building   Advisor: Janette McGrady

Dominica's need was fulfilled for $265.72!

Help with Electricity Bill. Dominica is a participant in the Office of Community Wealth Building's Workforce Development program. She recently lost her job in March. At this time, she has no income until she receives her unemployment benefit. Dominica is asking for help toward her electric bill of $376.76. She will pay the remainder of the balance with the money she receives from unemployment.

Support Dominica now for $265.72

Calvin

East End      Believer     Groceries     05/13/2020

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

Calvin's need was fulfilled for $212.58!

Help with Groceries. Calvin is a senior who also is a participant in the Office of Community Wealth Building's Workforce Development Program. He lives on a fixed income and has not been able to secure employment lately. A little help with groceries would help Calvin in a big way until he can work again.

Support Calvin now for $212.58

Michael

Richmond      Returning Citizen     Groceries     05/13/2020

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

Michael's need was fulfilled for $212.58!

Help with Groceries. Michael is a returning citizen. He also is a participant in the City of Richmond's Workforce Development program. Michael found it challenging to secure employment before the COVID-9 crisis. Now, it is even more difficult for him to land a new job. Michael is asking for assistance with groceries during this time.

Support Michael now for $212.58

Cecilia

Richmond      Believer     Small debt & fees     05/12/2020

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

Cecilia's need was fulfilled for $262.37!

Help with Utility Bill. Cecilia is a participant in the Office of Community Wealth Building's Workforce Development Program. Like so many others, her hours were reduced. As a result, Cecilia fell behind with her utility bill. Fulfilling this need will provide her with a peace of mind as she looks for additional employment during this crisis.

Support Cecilia now for $262.37

Mary

Richmond      Senior Citizen     Groceries     05/11/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building   Advisor: Janette McGrady

Mary's need was fulfilled for $212.58!

Help with Groceries. Mary Bailey is a senior and a participant in the workforce development program at the Office of Community Wealth Building. She is supporting her nephew, who has nowhere else to go; he recently returned home from college as his school has closed. Mary is asking for help with groceries during this time.

Support Mary now for $212.58

Sandra

East End      Believer     Groceries     05/11/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building   Advisor: Janette McGrady

Sandra's need was fulfilled for $265.72!

Help with Groceries. Sandra is a new participant in the Office of Community Wealth Building's Workforce Program. Although she has been looking for employment, she has not been able to maintain a steady job. Sandra is caring for her mother and sisters who have serious, chronic conditions. She is requesting assistance with groceries at this time.

Support Sandra now for $265.72

Nejshaun

South Central      Single Mother     Groceries     05/11/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building   Advisor: Janette McGrady

Nejshaun's need was fulfilled for $265.72!

Help with Groceries. Nejshaun is a certified dental assistant and a single mom of a ten-year-old boy. Recently, her office closed as a result of social distancing. She is unemployed temporarily. With reduced income, Nejshaun paid her rent. However, she doesn't have enough resources to buy groceries. Nejshaun is asking for assistance with food to help her small family get through this challenging time.

Support Nejshaun now for $265.72

Benita

Richmond      Senior Citizen     Groceries     05/11/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building   Advisor: Janette McGrady

Benita's need was fulfilled for $265.72!

Help with Groceries. Benita is unemployed and can not return to work until this period of social distancing is over. Also, her daughter and two grandchildren have moved in with her recently. Benita is disabled, and her finances are not enough to support her family. She is requesting assistance with food.

Support Benita now for $265.72

Pansy

Richmond      Single Mother     Groceries     05/10/2020

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

Pansy's need was fulfilled for $212.58!

Help with Groceries. Pansy is a single mother of two and participates in the Office of Community Wealth Building's workforce development program. She was recently laid off during the COVID 19 crisis. As Pansy's children have been home, extra expenses for groceries and household essentials have tripled. Pansy finds it challenging to provide for her small family. She is asking for support with groceries.

Support Pansy now for $212.58

Mecca

Richmond      Single Mother     Groceries     05/10/2020

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

Mecca's need was fulfilled for $265.72!

Help with Mecca is a single mother of five children. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) employed at a rehabilitation and nursing facility. Mecca's job has a very high number of people affected by the COVID-19 virus. Mecca is torn between the oath she took as a CNA to care for her patients and the responsibility she has a mother to care for her family. She is deeply concerned about her family's health and has not accepted a shift in three weeks. Mecca also does not qualify for unemployment and is now reaching out for assistance with groceries.

Support Mecca now for $265.72




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