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Help JoAnn Save Her Home

Organized by: Alexandria Snodie

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Hi Everyone, This emergency fundraiser is to help support a lovely woman, friend, and mentor: JoAnn Tsoumanis. She's on the verge of losing her home in foreclosure and we need your help to raise $2000 so that she can keep it. Here's how it works... Through the help of a local MN non-profit called Neighborhood Assistance Consulting Agency, JoAnn has a chance to save her home. For a $10,000 deposit, NACA will go to the mortgage lenders to buy JoAnn's home before it is repossessed by the bank. The non-profit will then lease or rent the house back to JoAnn to own over time, allowing her to make more manageable monthly payments. Not only does this allow JoAnn to stay in her home and eventually buy her house back, it also supports a local non-profit that can pay it forward to the community with her initial deposit. JoAnn has already raised $8,000 of the $10,000 needed though her personal savings, and contributions from family members. We need your help to raise the rest. Why We Need Your Help: On August 18 2014, tragedy struck JoAnnn when she suddenly lost her husband of over 30 years, Panos Tsoumanis, to heart failure. He was 64 years old. Panos and JoAnn owned and operated a small family contracting firm together, called Handyman At Your Service. They ran the neighborhood business side-by-side for years, and have worked on countless homes throughout Minnesota, doing everything from landscaping to full-scale renovation. The year following Panos's death, JoAnn struggled to run the business on her own without her other half. She's tried her absolute best to keep the business afloat after her loss and subdue her grief, but unfortunately luck is not on her side. On July 17, 2015, almost a year after Panos's death, JoAnn's house suddenly caught fire after a gust of wind blew through her window, and caused a loose piece of paper to accidentally fall over a lit candle memorializing Panos. The fire consumed the dining room before it was put out by the Saint Paul Fire Department. With no extra time or money to make repairs, JoAnn is unable to sell the house in its current state, and this further set her back from being able to avoid foreclosure. My Story: I started working for Panos and JoAnn towards the end of high school in 2008, when I was 17. Throughout high school and college, Panos and JoAnn were incredibly generous. Not only did they each share their skills, craftsmanship, and knowledge with me, they also invested in me as family. Throughout my time with them, they would provide me with a little extra monetary help when needed, or allowed me to work flexible hours around my class schedule with the recognition that my education was above their immediate staffing needs. I cannot begin to describe how grateful I am towards their kindness and generosity, and it is what motivates me now to do whatever I can to support JoAnn in return and honor Panos's memory. Now, I ask for your help to turn things around for JoAnn, and remind her that she is loved and supported no matter what obstacles come her way. She's a hard-working, loving person who passes on the good she receives, and is always willing to lend a hand. Every little bit helps. Even a $5 donation would mean the world to us. We cannot thank you enough for your consideration and generosity. Should you have any questions regarding this fundraiser, please don't hesitate to comment or contact me. I will be happy to talk through any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you, from bottom of my heart, -Allie Snodie (Family friend of JoAnn Tsoumanis)


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