A friend of ours named Scottie is on parole in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was supposed to live with us after applying to do so four weeks ago. On the day he was supposed to move in he was informed by his parole officer that he's not allowed to live with us and given 30 minutes to find a new place to live or go back to prison (not having an address is a parole violation). After managing to negotiate a few hours extension we exhausted all other options (Craigslist subleases, friends and family, Airbnb, and homeless shelters) he was forced to live in a hotel. We put him up for the weekend during which his stepmother offered to let him stay with her going forward. She lives in another part of the state and a transfer takes between one and two weeks, so he has to continue living in a hotel in Ann Arbor in the mean time. We have him in the cheapest room in our area, but the costs are still more than we can afford on our own given the length of time he needs to stay here while his new living situation works its way through the bureaucracy for approval.
Please consider donating to keep a kind and loving man out of prison. Scottie wants nothing more than "a fair shake to succeed because [he] know[s he] can do it and live a good life." All he wants is a chance to start over and work hard to make a better life for his children and eventually be able to buy a home for his girlfriend where they can have a modest life building their family. He can't do that if he runs out of money to stay at this hotel and ends up back in jail for no other crime than a short period of homelessness.
We have gotten too know Scottie very well and have learned that the reason he is on parole to begin with is not anything done selfishly, cruel, or anything that should have caused him to be in the place that he is in now. We are trying everything we can to make sure he gets a better chance at the life he deserves to have. He was a single dad for 5 years and has a very tight bond with his son. He is one of the most hardworking, kind, loving, good people that we have ever met in our lives and we just ask that any little bit you can do to help, please consider doing. It will make a big difference. We can only do so much, and we are so terrified that he will have to go to a PRISON for simply not having an approved place to live for a few days!!!!