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I GOT THIS AMAZING JOB AT JOSHUA TREE AND CAN'T GET THERE!!!

Organized by: Stephen Hodges

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EVENT DATE Aug 03, 2015

THE STORY:

“If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's.” 
― Joseph Campbell

 

I’m writing this because the moment of starting down a new path is finally here, and I need help to set foot down the trail.  I have been offered, and accepted, a position as a plant biologist for Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California.  The job is a great opportunity for me, and a wonderful chance to take my career in a new direction, as well as to play my part in preserving our tremendous natural heritage.  My start date is on August 10th and while the benefits will be good, they do not include relocation.  Thus I’m looking for sponsors for my move from Texas to California.  Your investment will be used for moving expenses, housing and other basics we all need in new locations.

If you know me, then you may also know that my 16 month old daughter lives with her mother in nearby San Diego.  It will be about a 2 hour drive away.  If I’m happy about the job, then it’s hard to even put into words how I feel about finally getting to be near her.  When Maya was born, I knew my life would change.  I had no idea what was in store for me though, and the immediate impact she would have.  The sad part is that we barely know each other.  Through a series of work and family issues, Maya and her mother moved to Southern California.  Since I lost the ability to hold her and know her on a daily basis, I have had no doubt that I was headed in her direction.  So, as I desperately want to be a good father for Maya, I left my life in South Florida, and I turned west.

I’ve been working on and off for about a year now as a carpenter in Longview, Texas where my mom and sister live.  I could work while I focused on looking for work out west.  It’s been a great thing to live together in the same community, while I figured out how to put the pieces back together.  Maybe a good way to think about it is like working on a puzzle when you don’t know what the picture is supposed to look like.  There have been some unexpected blessings, relationships and new skills I have found along the way.  And so, at last the moment to move close to Maya has finally arrived. 

I have tried my best to plan for this move but I just haven’t been able to save enough to make it happen.  If you need more details, feel free to ask.  If you can invest in this part of my life story, you will have my eternal gratitude and free botanical tours around Joshua Tree if you ever pass through, and it is stunning, take me up on it, really.  Mostly though, you will have helped a Dad who desperately wants to be near his baby girl to finally get that chance, and land in a good job in what feels like the right time and place.  Thank you.   

$2,250

 

45% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Bob & Constance Miller

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Jimmy

    $50

  • Jim, Lisa, Sophie and Omri

    $100

  • Grandpa Hodges

    $500

  • Dad and Anita

    $250

  • Pegge Sibley

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Sharon & Rob Sherrard

    $250

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Stephen Hodges

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Donor Comments

Sharon & Rob Sherrard

Sharon & Rob Sherrard

DONATION: $250

We love you, Stephen and wish you God's blessings on all your hopes. The world needs Fathers! 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

Pegge Sibley

Pegge Sibley

DONATION: $500

Good luck will be thinking of you 2 years ago

Dad and Anita

Dad and Anita

DONATION: $250

We love the serendipity of all of us moving out to California at the same time. I hope our sojourn in the East helps attract some rain so the plants, and we humans, can survive and thrive. 2 years ago

Grandpa Hodges

Grandpa Hodges

DONATION: $500

Happy to help my grandson. Good luck in California Stephen 2 years ago

Jim, Lisa, Sophie and Omri

Jim, Lisa, Sophie and Omri

DONATION: $100

God speed sir-can't wait to get out there to see you. 2 years ago

Jimmy

Jimmy

DONATION: $50

Good luck! 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Bob & Constance Miller

Bob & Constance Miller

DONATION: $200

We will miss you down in Florida. The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden that you worked so hard on -- choosing the native trees and plants to re-forest 7 acres, and finishing the job on the first 5 acres -- is thriving. Most are full-grown now, and it's a shady, educational spot, one that helps save an endangered eco-system. We now have informative Interpretive Signage, 79 of them so far, that I'm working on. People learn in spite of themselves! Get out there to that heavenly new job and be a good Daddy. I was a single mom in NYC for 5 years, and it's really difficult without a support system. Know that you're always welcome in Key West at our home. Bob and KWBGS turn 80 nest year! 2 years ago

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