Thanks to all who pitched in for this effort. It worked, and collectively twenty-seven people raised $2,700, more than our goal. As we move forward, I will let you know how the funds are used and the impact of your giving, within the necessary privacy constraints. So appreciative of your generosity for an adoptee in crisis.
Dear Friends and Supporters:
I am requesting your help. A friend, who is also an adoptee and adoptee rights activist, is struggling to get through a crisis. While she is safe and receiving professional care after friends and family intervened, she must now find safe and adequate housing, which will require at least $2,500 to secure.
I am withholding her name to respect her privacy. Many of you know her and respect what she regularly contributes to our community. I hope you will trust that this is a real need for a real person who has contributed considerable time and energy to adoptee rights advocacy over the years. She is someone I know, respect, and have worked with personally. I am also communicating closely with her family—and with adoptees who are already nearby and helping—to assure that funds raised by us as a community are used for immediate needs, specifically safe and adequate housing.
I hope you can pitch in. I know of many adoptees who survived their own mental health crises, including myself. Some if not many of us struggle alone because of the fear or stigma associated with mental illness or disability. Or we have faced it alone because we did not feel we would receive (or even deserve) support when we needed it. I hope we can assure that my friend—our friend—does not feel alone and instead feels loved and supported.
Please consider this request. I will keep you up to date as things develop.
PS: You can always check the status of the fundraising here, which formally began on May 14.
I have closed the donation form on this post. If you really really really still want to contribute, you can find the donation form here or you can support adoptee rights work generally through Adoptees United Inc. Thank you!