I get lots of emails and blog comments from readers asking how they can help people like us who are leaving unhealthy homes and branching out into the world outside.
Older families ask how they can help mentor us.
Homeschool alums ask me how we can help others around our younger siblings’ age when it’s their turn.
I love getting messages like this.
Linda left this comment on Sept. 21:
I am in Gainesville, GA, and have been walking beside an incredible young woman who left her spiritually abusive home one year ago. Her story has rocked my family’s world and we want to do more for other young women who are in similiar situations.
We’d like to contact you and talk about possibly setting up an underground “station” here in Gainesville. My husband and I are in our early 60s and have raised four children–it’s our time to give back.
I don’t have as much time to blog anymore, but I’m so glad that people are still reading our stories and that they care.
I still want to launch a hotline made for just for people like us, connecting those seeking help to resources that can enable them to gain independence.
That’s still in the works.
In the meantime, here are three homeschool alums that you can help right now. No pressure if you can’t give, but feel free to share this.
Some of you guys probably know Michela. Her friends are banding together to get her some Irlens glasses to help with the fluorescent lights at school and work.
She’s been supporting herself since 2015, both going to school and working full time to pay rent, but prescription glasses would help her daily life be more accessible. Read more of Michela’s story on YouCaring here.
Travis is a good friend of mine and is going through a lot right now.
Our friends organized a fundraiser since his abusive boyfriend put him in a difficult position financially. He’s also being kicked out of his own apartment.
We want to help Travis move and not having to go back to live with his fundamentalist family, who hasn’t been kind or understanding since he came out last year.
He also had to get his car note put into his name only, without his boyfriend. The sales tax was more than he could afford. We’ve raised $680 out of $1,500 so far! Read more of Travis’ story on YouCaring here.
Hannah is an indie musician with several kids.
She’s been unable to work her day job while doctors try to figure out her mystery illness. While she was waiting to be cleared to come back to work, her company fired her. This meant she lost her insurance coverage and other medical appointments for an MRI were canceled.
She’s also going back to school and trying to make it through this semester while she files for short-term disability. She took out a loan to just to get dental work.
Hannah is now 25% funded, but she could use just a little more help. Read more of Hannah’s story on YouCaring here.
We’ve been able to help our friends before, and I know we can do this again, together.
Back in 2016, we were able to raise over $200 for our homeless friends, including some outside donations through PayPal. They were living out of motels, their car and a tent because of debt and medical bills.
Now they have a place to live again.
We’re stronger together.