My name is Joel Brightman. Born in South Africa but I live in Israel. I am 47 years old (the picture with the sunset in the background is me at 26 years of age). I am a kind good hearted guy who wants to do so much good in this world. I have been living homeless sleeping under a stairwell for almost a decade now (see pictures in slideshow above). I have never been married and I have no kids. My soulmate, a woman who was as beautiful on the inside as on the outside, committed suicide 5 years years ago due to a severe case of fibromyalgia.
I developed GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) at the age of 23 due to a dream of mine imploding. Due to developing GAD I cut my social life off completely because it became too stressful to bare. So, one could say that my life has been frozen since the age of 23. The Generalized Anxiety Disorder I have has put me through a Holocaust of suffering which I do not wish on my worst enemy.
Let me stress, I do not do any drugs and I don't smoke or drink. In fact, I eat as healthily as possible to maintain good physical health. Let me also stress that I do not bum around the whole day. My days are very productive. I have been working for almost the last 10 years from a public library on a ground breaking algorithm which will be of great benefit to society. I have pledged that if my business initiative becomes very profitable, most of the profits will go to philanthropic causes regarding the poor, and only the poor. If G-d will be gracious and bless me with a very successful business, I have pledged to donate 3-D printed homes to the poor (see video). I know first-hand what hardship is.
After my dream imploded, I managed to lift myself up again and continued pursuing my dream, only to have my dream implode again at age 32. This time due to circumstances beyond my control. By this time, I had got myself into debt due to my dream imploding a second time. I very quickly found myself in the street because of the high cost of living in Israel.
Due to having the debt collectors on my head and no ability to get credit, I found that the only way I could save up money to start my self-employed business initiative is to live homeless and thus drastically cut my living expenses, thereby saving up money from the 150% disability check of only $863 I get from the government each month due to suffering from GAD.
However, the cost of living in Israel has become so insane (a one bedroomed apartment in the center of the country where I am situated can go as high as $2000 a month and a small 1-pound loaf of whole wheat bread can go as high as $6.5!) that very unfortunately I still have yet to reach the amount I need to launch my business initiative because even while living homeless, my living expenses are still relatively high. So the amount I have left over at the end of the month is not that much. In addition, I recently started to experience terrible pain in a tooth of mine. So I might have now a very expensive dentist bill to cover, since I might need root canal treatment.
I HATE asking for charity (which is why I have never pan-handled in the street and rely solely on my monthly 150% disability check) but I am approaching living an entire decade homeless and I am 47 years of age and as mentioned my life has been frozen since the age of 23. I too would like to get married and have a life.
So I can't take being in this situation anymore and I have swallowed my pride and humbly ask you if you could kindly donate to my fund so that I can raise a target amount of $6,000 which will allow me to get my business initiative off the ground as soon as possible so that I can begin the process of rebuilding my life at the age of 47. I am not looking for a hand out but a hand up.
I will be grateful for any amount, even a dollar. I practice gratitude like a religion. Divine Providence has helped me get through living homeless for almost a decade.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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