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A place for Will to call home

Organized by: Steve Jennings

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THE STORY:

I drive for Uber as my second job. One day while dropping one of my riders off, I decided to stop by a Wawa to get a late night snack. I saw this person sitting on the ground outside the Wawa with bags of snacks that I guess we're given to him or bought with money he received by strangers. When I came out of the Wawa, I decided to approach this man to find out why he was there. It was a cold and rainy night and knew he probably was homeless, so I wanted to hear his story and see what I could do to help him for at least that night. I introduced myself to him as Steve, and he told me his name was Will. I asked him why he was here, and he told me his life took a tragic turn for the worst after being stabbed multiple times during a robbery. The robber only got $5 and Will got multiply stab wounds to the chest which punctured his lung and heart. After multiple surgeries and 5 months in the hospital he was finally released. By this time, he had lost the place he was renting, his 6 year old daughter was taken in by a family member, he had he car taken away. He told me he was 41 and a electrician by trade before this all happened; but ever since the stabbing he can not work because he has minor heart attacks. He has been trying to get his daughter back, but without a stable residence or job that would not be possible. He tells me how much loves and misses her, and wants to be apart of her life. Money is very tight for me; that is why I am working two jobs. I decided to give him enough money to sleep at boarding house for $15 and $25 to use for food. He was so happy that I had taken the time to talk to him. I told I wish there was more I could do for him. Due to injury and inability to work he will be getting $720 a month in disability and he can only get $16 a month in food stamps because he makes more than $715 a month which would have given $198 a month food stamps. He has not received his first check yet, so he continues to go to the Wawa to get what ever money people will give him. He tells me the only reason he is allowed to stay in front of Wawa is that he is not a drug user. I would like to raise money for Will to get him a start and give him a little self worth to be able to find a place, to put a deposit on a apartment, and to live until his monthly check comes in, and hopefully a chance to reunit himself with his daughter. Will calls me almost everyday to say hi for a few minutes on a minutes phone that he has.

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