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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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Tony

Richmond      Believer     Small debt & fees     05/10/2020

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

Tony's need was fulfilled for $265.72!

Help with Utilities. Tony is enrolled in the Office of Community Wealth Building's Workforce Development Program. Like so many others, Tony's hours have been reduced at work as a result of social distancing. Although he understands that his utilities will not be disconnected tomorrow, this grace period will end in just a few weeks. Tony has a balance of $525; if Tony had at least fifty percent of his balance, he would qualify for a payment arrangement. Tony is asking for support of $250.

Support Tony now for $265.72

Viola

Richmond      Senior Citizen     Unique & urgent     05/10/2020

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

Viola's need was fulfilled for $161.72!

Help with Groceries and Household Items. Viola is a senior citizen; she has experienced great success on the road to employment. With the help and support of her career advisor, Viola landed a new part-time job last spring. Recently, she was laid-off and is requesting help with groceries and cleaning supplies during this time.

Support Viola now for $161.72

Avalon

Richmond      Believer     Small debt & fees     05/09/2020

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

Avalon's need was fulfilled for $277.16!

Help with Utility Bill. Ava is an enrolled participant in the Office of Community Wealth Building Workforce Development program. She is doing everything she can to maintain employment and pay her bills. Ava recently secured a new job at the beginning of April. She is asking for help paying for her utility bill of $382 as some of her accounts have fallen behind. Ava is to pay $130 as she has started a new job at the beginning of the month. Ava is asking for support to avoid disconnection.

Support Avalon now for $277.16

Teresa

Richmond      Believer     Small debt & fees     05/09/2020

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

Teresa's need was fulfilled for $97.60!

Help with Utility Bill. Teresa is a mental health professional. Her hours at work were reduced as a result of social distancing. Teresa is still at home, waiting to go back to work. In the meantime, she has found it very difficult to maintain some of her bills. Teresa is asking for support with her Dominion Energy bill until she goes back to work.

Support Teresa now for $97.60

Skye

Richmond      Single Mother     Groceries     05/09/2020

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

Skye's need was fulfilled for $212.58!

Help with Groceries. Skye is a single mother of three children. She is enrolled in the Office of Community Wealth Building's Workforce Development Program. Skye also is a Certified Nursing (CNA) who has been on the front line, helping to care for vulnerable patients during the pandemic. Her three kids are home from school, eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It has become a challenge to keep food in the refrigerator. Skye is requesting assistance with groceries during this time.

Support Skye now for $212.58

Tyler

Richmond      Single Mother     Unique & urgent     05/09/2020

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

Tyler's need was fulfilled for $138.17!

Help with Baby Supplies. Tyler is a single mom who needs size five diapers and baby wipes for her small children. She is employed but finds it challenging to meet some of her family's needs with recent expenses associated with food and protective care as her children are home from school during this time. This type of assistance will help Tyler's family.

Support Tyler now for $138.17

Cheryl

Richmond      Senior Citizen     Groceries     05/08/2020

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

Cheryl's need was fulfilled for $212.58!

Help with Groceries. Cheryl is an unemployed senior citizen. She cares for her husband, who is a double amputee. They both are both on a fixed income. Cheryl also is an enrolled participant in the Office of Community Wealth Building workforce development program. She is working with her career advisor to get enrolled in Medical Coding and Billing school. Cheryl is requesting help with groceries during this time as she is caring for her husband.

Support Cheryl now for $212.58

Stacey

Richmond      Single Mother     Auto Repair     05/07/2020

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

Stacey's need was fulfilled for $260!

Help with Car Repairs. Stacey is a single mother of three boys, who is currently unemployed and worried about how she will pay the bills and feed her family. She is a hard worker and has been hired for several jobs, but has a hard time keeping them because she doesn't have a working vehicle. Carpooling with co-workers who frequently changed shifts often left her without transportation. She now has a job interview lined up, but doesn’t know how she’s going to get there. Car repairs would help Stacy maintain a steady income and provide stability for her family.

Support Stacey now for $260

Brooke

Richmond      Single Mother     Groceries     05/05/2020

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

Brooke's need was fulfilled for $218.40!

Help with Groceries. Brooke is a single mom of three. Her hours were reduced during this time of quarantine. Brooke’s children are home from school, which has created a greater demand for food. She is requesting assistance with groceries to help her family.

Support Brooke now for $218.40

Clevis

Richmond      Believer     Groceries     05/05/2020

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

Clevis' need was fulfilled for $208!

Help with Groceries. Clevis is an enrolled participant of the Office of Community's Wealth Building Workforce Program. He is among many residents in the city of Richmond, whose hours were reduced because of social distancing. Clevis is the head of his household and cares for his mother at home. He does not qualify for benefits and is requesting assistance with groceries until he can go back to work.

Support Clevis now for $208

Chyna

Richmond      Single Mother     Groceries     05/05/2020

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

Chyna's need was fulfilled for $265.72!

Help with Groceries. Chyna is a participant in the workforce development program at the Office of Community Wealth Building. She is working to support a family of four. Chyna recently had another family member come to stay with her as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. She is the only one working in her household and is trying to keep up with paying her bills: rent, electricity, and water. Chyna is requesting assistance with groceries during this time.

Support Chyna now for $265.72

Michael

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

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

Michael's need was fulfilled for $212.58!

Help with Windshield Repair. Michael earns a living by driving Uber and Lyft. While driving, a rock hit his windshield, causing significant damage. He does not want to risk driving at this time with a shattered windshield. Michael also has experienced a decline in customers, and it has become challenging to come up with the money for the repair. Originally Michael would have gotten help from a close family member. They also have been laid-off during this time and can no longer help. If Michael can have help with the partial cost of the windshield repair, he can continue to drive Uber and Lyft.

Support Michael now for $212.58

Kymberly

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

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

Kymberly's need was fulfilled for $193.43!

Help with Auto Insurance. Kymberly is a participant in the Office of Community Wealth's Building Workforce Development Program. She will start an online Real Estate course very soon so she can become a licensed real estate agent in Virginia. Currently, Kymberly is not employed and is the sole caregiver for her mother. She has fallen behind on some of her bills. Kymberly is asking for assistance with her auto insurance bill that is due in ten days on May 15.

Support Kymberly now for $193.43

Denise-Q

Northside      Senior Citizen     Unique & urgent     05/03/2020

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

Denise-Q's need was fulfilled for $159.43!

Help with Groceries. Denise-Q is a senior who is a participant in the Office of Community Wealth Building's workforce development program. She has been out of work since April 24, tending to the affairs of her spouse, who is critically ill in intensive care. Faced with tough decisions and illness of her own, Denise finds it challenging to figure out how she will pay some of her household bills: electricity, rent, etc. She is asking for assistance with groceries during this time.

Support Denise-Q now for $159.43

Jamal

Richmond      Youth     1-click donation     04/26/2020

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

Jamal's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Groceries. Jamal is a student who lives in a seven-person, single-income household. The harsh economic impacts of COVID-19 hit home when his mother lost consistent employment. St. Joseph’s Villa helped Jamal’s family prior to the pandemic, connecting them with community donations of food and clothing. That support is needed now more than ever as Jamal’s mother seeks more hours.

Support Jamal now for $250

Trevor

Richmond      Youth     1-click donation     04/26/2020

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

Trevor's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Groceries. Trevor is a quiet student who has difficulty expressing needs. His mother is employed, but juggling a lot caring for his disabled father and three children who share one bedroom – and some a bed. Trevor’s family needs help with groceries so they can focus on meeting other essentials during these difficult times.

Support Trevor now for $250

Stephen

Richmond      Teenager     1-click donation     04/26/2020

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

Stephen's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Groceries. Imagine a father and son forced to live in a camper just to make ends meet. Stephen is a student who has come a long way in battling mental health challenges to be a leader in his school. His father is a craftsman, but due to COVID-19 many of the jobs he was relying on to make it through have been cancelled. Stephen and his father need assistance with groceries while they search for jobs.

Support Stephen now for $250

Antoine

Richmond      Single Father     1-click donation     04/26/2020

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

Antoine's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Groceries. Antoine is a 17-year-old father and hardworking student. He plans to be the first person in his family to graduate high school. He has successfully maintained a job while in school, until COVID-19 hit and drastically reduced his hours. Assistance with groceries would help him provide for his newborn son, as well as his mother and grandmother who live with him.

Support Antoine now for $250

Denise

Richmond      Single Mother     Unique & urgent     04/23/2020

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

Denise's need was fulfilled for $260!

Help with Denise is a single mother of three children. She is striving to provide a better life for her and her family. Denise is ready to move to a new home but has a few bills that have to be paid, so she can. Denise has managed to cover most of them, except a part of one. She has a balance of $435.00. If Denise gets help with $250 of this portion - she will be able to pay the remainder of her balance.

Support Denise now for $260

Dean

City of Richmond      Believer     Small debt & fees     04/20/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Dean's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Car Insurance. Like so many others during this health and economic crisis, Dean has experienced a reduction in hours due to COVID-19. This reduction means he doesn't have enough money to cover all the bills – including his car insurance. Dean can't commute to work without his vehicle – or run the necessary errands to feed and fuel his household.

Support Dean now for $250




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