Help U of M student who lost family and home in fire
Organized by: Michael and Dina Pedersen
We first made a connection with Diamond when we invited her to interview to help with some afternoon care for our girls. When we met, we saw a quiet 19-year-old, a dedicated sophomore at the U of M and a strong young woman in grief. A year ago, on February 17th, Diamond lost her beloved parents and two younger brothers in a tragic fire at her family home in Hamtramck, Michigan. Devastated by the loss of her family, Diamond reached out to friends and university resources for assistance and support but remains largely alone to cope and survive on her own. Grateful for her full merit scholarship, Diamond still struggles to work to pay for rent and food while focusing on her studies. Unable to work 20 or more hours a week, she isn’t qualified for food stamps as a student. Were she under 18, other sources of assistance would have been available to her. She is falling through the cracks of support with no community to catch her.
Please --together-- let’s be the community of support for Diamond.
We are asking for your help to provide her financial assistance for the next two years while she is in school. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to support her basic needs such as rent and food, so that she can focus on academics and train and prepare for dental school.
It's heartbreaking for us to even try to comprehend the enormity of the losses Diamond has suffered, and the strength and willpower it has taken for her to persevere so far. She is a teenager who needs us--all of us--just as any of our own children would in the same circumstances. We are deeply grateful for any help you can provide. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.