Help A Mom
Organized by: Johnny Freese
My wife and I are attempting to raise money to assist my recently-displaced mother in securing a trailer/RV for her early retirement.
Brief background: I am very much a "mama's boy". She has not had the easiest life. She lost my father when I was only 8. Heart disease. Her mother a few years later. She spiraled and had struggles with alcohol as a result. When she got clean, she fell in love with a man that would later become my step father for almost a decade. We lost him to lung cancer when I was 19. Less than a year later, she and I watched her father pass from a stroke. Only weeks later, her brother lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.
To truly add insult to this nightmarish turn of events, she has now lost her job. My mother spent twenty years with State Parks, has been living in state housing for ten of those years, and is only two years away from retirement. I moved to the Bay Area to assist her in rebuilding a dump of a shack that had been given to her to live in. We built and rebuilt this trailer several times. Eventually after or fourth attempt at repairing water damage, she was told that she had to leave because the structure was being condemned. After six months of having to live in a bad neighborhood (mind you because the state would not increase her salary to compensate for living expenses), she found out that the state actually fixed the trailer and gave it to a high ranking employee of State Parks. This was 2013.
Now present day... She was accused of stealing money from a token machine. The courts officially dismissed the charges a month ago stating that her coworker, who has a history of theft accusations (and also happens to be the daughter of the chief of the district) was the lead suspect. All criminal charges were dropped. Last week, my mother received notice of termination and immediate eviction. Reason? "Mishandling cash". Reason for pursing this decision in spite of the court ruling? "Because criminal proceedings have nothing to do with administrative accusations."
Since my mothers retirement savings are now being spent on lawyers, she is days away from being homeless. My wife and I simply do not have the space to put her up and, as you read, no family left to turn to. She simply wants to buy a cheap trailer/RV to stay in until the lawsuit is settled, and then spend the rest of her days traveling.
The goal is $7500 but clearly the more we can raise the better. Thank you for taking the time to read this and for any help you can give. My mother has been dealt some extremely difficult cards, but still finds faith. With your help, the universe will balance itself once again and finally give her a break.
Thank you. Sincerely.