The Bowmans: Going Home
Organized by: Katharine Conroy
UPDATE: For a number of reasons, Jenn and Todd have decided that, instead of paying for new land, they are going to try to keep Daisy's property and rebuild in the place that means so much to them. Please consider helping to make this dream come true by contributing towards the $1100 goal that will allow Jenn and Todd to take the next step in their process!
Purpose: To help Jennifer Nicole and Todd Bowman make a down-payment on a home, so that they can provide a safe and secure living space for their three sons and brother.
Thirty five years ago, a group of kids and adults from Guilford, CT traveled to Booneville, Kentucky to build homes for those in need of shelter. That summer, the Appalachia Trip was born, and every year since, a team of 50-65 students and adults have made the journey to Booneville to help provide safe, warm, and dry living conditions for those who cannot afford to repair or expand their own homes.
By returning to the same county every year (which is indicative of the need that persists there), the Appalachia group has built strong, lasting relationships with families in Booneville. During that first trip, the group met Daisy Moore, who affectionately became known as "Momma" to all those who went on the Appalachia Trip. Daisy would take in each person as if they were her own child, and members of the Appalachia group grew up with her biological daughter, Jennifer Nicole.
Jenn now has three beautiful children of her own, and she makes a home for her brother, Brandon, whom Daisy adopted and raised until she passed away in 2013. Jenn works and goes to school while raising her children, and her husband, Todd, works as much as possible, as well. But in Booneville, where wages are low and the annual median household income is just $19,986, it is extremely difficult to support a family. Additionally, even though Jenn and Todd have both been in their respective positions for at least three years, the bank refuses to provide a loan, claiming that they require proof of five years of employment in the same job.
For the past four years, Jenn and Todd have been renting a trailer that is far too small for their family. Finally, an opportunity has come up for them to buy a place of their own. The trailer has plenty of space and is located just down the road from Todd's parents. It is a safe place, where the kids can be outside without fear. A down payment of 10% is required, but Jenn and Todd have had to use their savings to pay for funeral expenses, which they have been doing in installments since Daisy's passing. These payments are finally complete, which will allow Jenn and Todd to keep up with their mortgage payments each month.
Those involved in the Appalachia Trip think of Jenn, Todd, and the kids as family in the truest sense. Therefore, we are working to help them raise the money they need to make a down payment on what would be a wonderful new home. Instead of putting money into a rental, they can work on their mortgage, investing in their own future while providing a secure place for their children.
Please consider helping this dream - a sustainable investment in a family's future - become a reality! 100% of funds raised will got to the down payment for the home and homeowners insurance.