Please help a friend and mother escape abuse

Update posted by Amanda Welch On May 04, 2016

She moved out and everyone is well. There is a house, and there is furniture, and there is freedom and independence and self-direction and community.

More updates to come! Thank you <3 <3 <3

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Update posted by Amanda Welch On Apr 28, 2016

WE'VE PASSED $1,000. I can't believe it: she just paid her security deposit and set a moving date. The gratitude and relief I feel right now is overwhelming. Thank you for helping to create a safe home for my friend and her children.

We're not going to stop just yet. Every dollar we can raise helps ease a bit of her burden. Helps her put healthy food in the fridge. Helps her file those divorce papers. Helps her worry a little less. The strength and courage that it takes to start with so little and make this leap to a better life is incredible. I am in awe of her.

And I'm in awe of you. When she needed a community, you stood up and said, "We're here for you."

We have six more days <3

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Thank you for asking! I just messaged you with some info.

Amanda Welch

Update posted by May 03

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Hi Amanda, I was just wondering if there were any more items that she needed in order to make the transition. I would love to be able to help in any way, shape, or form. Thanks so much, Breia Salsbery

Breia Salsbery

Update posted by Apr 29

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Update posted by Amanda Welch On Apr 28, 2016

We've got some fantastic news to share with you today: My friend got a house! She will be able to start a new life apart from her abuser so. so. soon. Given the setbacks and intimidation that she's experienced in the past week, this is an incredible relief.

But what's that also mean? Security deposit! First and last month's rent! Cleaning supplies! You know the drill.

We're not worried though because this fundraiser has been AMAZING. We're already 44 percent of the way to our $1,000 goal, and we've still got a week left. Also, this woman has been hustling and has got jobs lined up as soon as she's free to take them. This is a time of hope indeed.

We just want to send another big THANK YOU to every person who has donated, shared this fundraiser, or kept my friend in their thoughts. And if you still have a friend in mind who you think could help, please--with discretion--send this link their way. With your assistance, we're gonna get there. She's gonna get out.

Thank you

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Correction: 60 percent! It just keeps growing

Amanda Welch

Update posted by Apr 28

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Update posted by Amanda Welch On Apr 22, 2016

Hi everyone! We're on Day 3 of sharing this fundraiser, and we are right on track to reaching our $1,000 goal. My friend's situation, however, is shifting.

She and the other families were not able to secure the house that they had set their hearts on (anyone who rents in the Seattle area knows how difficult it is to find a decent place.) Meanwhile, her husband's behavior is growing more erratic and ominous. It is typical for abusers' actions to escalate in the days before his partner frees herself. It's a sensitive time.

So today she is applying for transitional housing for abused women and families. We're asking for your hopes and prayers that a space is open for her and the kids, and she can move in a few days. Her emergency bag is packed, and she has a backup plan to flee if she needs to sooner than that.

This is how your donations will contribute to her new plan:

- Uhaul rental

- Kitchen items like dishes, coffee maker, pots and pans, dish soap and towels, etc.

- Bathroom items like towels, soap, shampoo, etc.

- Food in the fridge

And once she is able to find a permanent residence:

- Uhaul rental

- First month's rent

- Security deposit

- Furniture and bedding

Once she is on her own, she will finally be free to work. We will keep you posted on how the transition is going, and, once again, thank you for helping her find safety and start a new life.

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Thank you, Erica, I am sending you a private message right now. These items are needed and appreciated.

Amanda Welch

Update posted by Apr 28

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I have food and household items I would love to contribute How can we coordinate getting things to you so that you can get them to her? Also, what are the ages, sizes & sexes of the kids? May have very gently used toys and clothes for them. Also, mom’s sizes of clothes, shoes, etc? Thank you!

erica Davido

Update posted by Apr 28

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Update posted by Amanda Welch On Apr 21, 2016

I am so pleased that after just one day of letting people know about this fundraiser, we are already 12 percent of the way to our goal! THANK YOU to everyone who has participated so far. These are hopeful times <3

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Backed with $50.00 On May 03, 2016

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Godspeed, Mama.

Erin Rodriguez

Backed with $50.00 On Apr 30, 2016

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Wishing you healing and freeness!

Emily Kell

Backed with $5.00 On Apr 29, 2016

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Anonymous

Backed with $25.00 On Apr 29, 2016

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You got this! And you're not alone. I hope you fall asleep at night and wake up each morning feeling proud and hopeful.

Nell Abercrombie

Backed with $50.00 On Apr 29, 2016

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