This post is dedicated to All But Homeless, stats and stuff…
When I first created this blog on April 17, 2013, we were beyond desperate. In fact we were so desperate, we had NOTHING and we’re having trouble just getting by in the day-to-day. Our cupboards were bare, and toilet paper ( and other unmentionables ) had become a luxury we just couldn’t afford. Not to mention the bills. We were two months into the eviction process of the thrift store ( sales were almost non-existence, and I had lost my caregiving job the month before because of my clients dementia, and her ultimately being put in a nursing home ( her primary caregiver lost her job a month or so later when it was determined she wasn’t coming home EVER again) But it took about three weeks to hit rock bottom again. It had been nearly a month since I was able to pay anything on the mortgage ( and at that point, they were expecting something every week as we were already trying to catch up from the year before ) REMEMBER, we went almost a YEAR with NO JOBS or NO INCOME!Period!
YES, things were REALLY REALLY BAD and we REALLY had no where else to turn for HELP so after agonizing about this, I WENT public with the All But Homeless blog!
In the first month we raised approximately $100.00 to benefit us including our one gift card for Publix with a value of $40.00 which is included in that total.
We also received a couple of actual food gifts in that time which can’t be valued really but just as important because it helped to feed us for a week.
THE survival CRISIS was eased because of that initial help and what little we could make on our own was going pay something on our mortgage.
In May, we we’re struggling to keep the lights on ( and thanks to a $50 dollar donation from Lance and what we were able to do ourselves, that crisis was diverted ) and towards the end of the month, we began to gain momentum. We got our second gift card in May for $25 and our first GoFundme donation on May 31.
Near the end of month two ( June 13, 2013) . We had raised a total of almost $500. I know $500 doesn’t sound like a lot but it gave us some freedom of mobility which allowed us to eat, provide the basics, but mostly it afforded us mobility to seek our resources locally.
In June and July, things have improved considerably. With another $1000.00 coming in including our last gift card for $25.00. All total, we have raised 1545.00 as a direct result of this fundraiser.
Locally, we received a Grant for our electric bill and we’re approved for expediated food assistance. Though for it to continue, we are still dealing with the verification process. We also applied for Medicaid for my husband’s medical problems but that is a rather slow process and we have no determination yet.
Here are a few stats to ponder
Since the creation of this blog on April 17, 2013 ( 91 days to be exact)
We have had approximately 4000 ( visitors or page views ) Not sure of the difference!
We have accumulated 128 followers
15 people have come forward with monetary contributions.
Four of those have contributed more than once.
Several others have either shared or wrote supporting articles in our behalf.
Even more, ( included are a few mentioned above) have been quite faithful in in expressing support and TRULY following us, reading and commenting, supportive emails—-friendship …
Thankfully, very few have responded negatively to our fundraising effort.
We have raised $1,545.00 dollars which includes a total of three( 3 ) gift cards with values of $40, $25, and $25.
Meaning WE ARE half-way there. And we still have some pretty vital needs that have not been met yet. SO PLEASE help us REACH our GOAL and alleviate these BURDENS for us.
THE BIGGEST today, IS our July mortgage payment NEEDS to be paid today. $256.87 STILL DUE and DUE today !
We are in AWE of the RESPONSES so far ! We are GRATEFUL for ALL OF IT, every contribution ( monetary and otherwise) , for the friendship, well wishes and support.
SO thank you…….
We’ve come such a long way in 91 days and things have improved dramatically , but we still need your support!
God Bless YOU !