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GentleHugs4Paws Founder Homeless, Help Needed For New Home

$3,956raised of $10,000 goal
39%

Organizer: Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl Beneficiary: Ginnilee Berger

Ginnilee, founder of GentleHugs4Paws, is handicapped, and homeless. Please donate so she can raise money for a new home for herself and her therapy cat, Daibhi, so GH4P can start helping others.

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Ginnilee has Fibromyalgia/Chronic Myofascial Pain, Diabetes and Crippling Anxiety, and is now homeless. She is also building an organization called GentleHugs4Paws, where chronic pain sufferers will be able to receive help in adopting an emotionl support animal after reaching 501(c)3 status. The goal of GH4P is to pay the adoption fee for a therapy animal, give the recipient a gift card to a pet store for a starter kit and pay the 1st vet visit for young animals so they can get their rabies shot.

To do this, however, she needs to find a new place to live, so she can post information about signed books donated by authors  to raise money for GH4P and its goals.
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08/11/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
I'd like to thank all of the people who "like" my page on Facebook- support is awesome! Still in a holding pattern at $3,896; let's see if we can start bringing it up past $5,000, my halfway point.

Daibhi & I are still w/our friends in Sharon, MA, but I need to find a place by October 1st due to a no-tenant law here in Sharon. Poor Daibhi will miss his playmate Mango the ginger tuxedo catk though.
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07/30/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
Ok, so I changed a few things about this fundraiser- now that I'm homeless, I'm concentrating on finding a new home where I can get the book auction going for GentleHugs4Paws; helping others to adopt their own emotional support animal is very important to me because I know what it's like not to have a special companion who gives me unconditional love.

Daibhi is the most important part of my life- he gives me love, snuggles with me when I'm upset or not feeling well (basically pinning me down to make me rest) and I give him love as well as food, nummies, water and kisses. He's brought my blood pressure down, gets me out of my crippling anxiety attacks and having him near makes me feel less alone.

Yes, I need to get my Disability, but I also need to get GH4P up & running, networking with shelters, vets, pet stores and the people who need a special someone in their life. In order to do this, I need to have a home where I can get the fundraiser for GH4P going as well.

Please help- it means that a lot of people will have someone who loves them and gives them the support Daibhi gives me. Thanks!
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07/21/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
I've added some pictures of my darling sweetheart Daibhi- he keeps me going and the primary joy in my life. He's an emotional support cat, and he does so much for me and is pure love in purring, black & white form.

And one of the reasons I'm running this fundraiser- to keep us together in the same house. I don't know where I would be without him!
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07/21/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
Hi everyone,

I've changed my goal just a tad- since I'm homeless now, my goal is to find a new home for me & Daibhi so GentleHugs4Paws can move on towards helping my fellow chronic pain sufferers adopt their own therapy animal. Whatever remains unused would be repurposed towards GH4P and paying adoption fees, gift cards for "starter kits" and, for young animals, their first visit to the vet so they can get their rabies shot.

By helping us, we can help others who need the unconditional love only our companion animals can give, and so much more. The GH4P motto is "Love shared is love doubled and pain shared is pain halved."
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07/17/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
I am now officially homeless. Please help me raise enough money to pay for rent & utilities for an entire year while waiting for my Disability. Thank!
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07/15/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
I am now officially homeless. Please help me raise enough money to pay for rent & utilities for an entire year while waiting for my Disability. Thank!
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07/15/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
I am now officially homeless. Please help me raise enough money to pay for rent & utilities for an entire year while waiting for my Disability. Thank!
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07/15/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
Well, everyone, it's official- I'm homeless and currently staying w/friends but I can't stay here for long and I don't know where I'll be over the next few weeks or months. Daibhi can stay for as long as necessary, but I can't be separated from him for mental health reasons, and there are few places where we can stay together.

Please pass this along to your friends via Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, etc- wherever there are people who are as kind & generous as you are. I feel very blessed to have so many good friends, and I thank God for all of you every day.

The people I'm most thankful for right now are the people who helped get all of my belongings out of that horrible apartment & away from that landlord- Susan Isaacs & her son Ray, her nephew Eric, her sister Sandy, her niece Karrisa, Leo Champion, Gary McGath, Suford Lewis, Connie Hirsch & Ed, who's last name escapes me. I'm very grateful to Ailsa Ek and her husband Adam for taking me in for at least a few days.

Thank you everyone, and please help me hit my goal so Daibhi & I have a safe place to live very soon.

Ginnilee
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07/12/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
Well, I lost my court appeal for more time, so I have to by out of the apartment by the end of day tomorrow, and I spent a good deal of my day at the Cambridge Hospital Psych ER yesterday. It was determined that the *worst* thing that could happen is if I get separated from Daibhi by the doctor & nurse at the psych ER, the 2 therapists (Theresa, alas, is out of town) who know me & my situation at the Danielson Institute, my PCP's office & my nurse psychopharm.

As I will be homeless as of tomorrow, we really need to pick up the pace on this fundraiser so I spend less time in a shelter, separated from Daibhi, or transitional living. Please, please, post this to your blogs, FB pages, Pinterest, Google+, etc, to help me get out of this terrifying situation!
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07/12/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
Well, I lost my court appeal for more time, so I have to by out of the apartment by the end of day tomorrow, and I spent a good deal of my day at the Cambridge Hospital Psych ER yesterday. It was determined that the *worst* thing that could happen is if I get separated from Daibhi by the doctor & nurse at the psych ER, the 2 therapists (Theresa, alas, is out of town) who know me & my situation at the Danielson Institute, my PCP's office & my nurse psychopharm.

As I will be homeless as of tomorrow, we really need to pick up the pace on this fundraiser so I spend less time in a shelter, separated from Daibhi, or transitional living. Please, please, post this to your blogs, FB pages, Pinterest, Google+, etc, to help me get out of this terrifying situation!
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07/12/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
Well, I lost my court appeal for more time, so I have to by out of the apartment by the end of day tomorrow, and I spent a good deal of my day at the Cambridge Hospital Psych ER yesterday. It was determined that the *worst* thing that could happen is if I get separated from Daibhi by the doctor & nurse at the psych ER, the 2 therapists (Theresa, alas, is out of town) who know me & my situation at the Danielson Institute, my PCP's office & my nurse psychopharm.

As I will be homeless as of tomorrow, we really need to pick up the pace on this fundraiser so I spend less time in a shelter, separated from Daibhi, or transitional living. Please, please, post this to your blogs, FB pages, Pinterest, Google+, etc, to help me get out of this terrifying situation!
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07/09/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
Hey everyone,

We're stalled at $3,542 and we need to pop back up & share, share, share, please! If you're on Pintrest, Google+, Facebook, etc, please post this to your page, timeline, etc to get it moving agin; I've got enough for about 5 months but I need to hit my goal so Daibhi & I can get our new place for an entire year.

Thanks for all of your suport- it's been difficult, but knowing I have wonderful friends helps a lot!

Ginnilee
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07/06/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
Please pass on so I can get a new home for me & Daibhi. Thanks!
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07/06/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
At $3517, still need $6487 for new home. Please help; on street Friday & all help appreciated!
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07/06/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
Yay- I'm at $3517, leaving another $6487 to hit my goal. Thank you my friends- new & old!

I have to go to court on Thursday to try to get an extension for the stay of execution, but it's not likely, so I probably will have to be out Friday. I still haven't found a place to go, but Daibhi can stay w/friends.

I'm getting so frustrated because I haven't had anyone to help me pack, and I had rotator cuff surgery in January, so packing by myself is difficult. If you live in Boston or know someone who does, I'd appreciate hearing from all & sundry.

Thanks for all of your support- I don't know where I'd be w/out it!
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07/05/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
I would like to thank the donors who have helped me today and over the last month- it means a lot & brings me closer to a new home for Daibhi & me!

If you could continue passing my story along to others, I would be extremely grateful because the closer I get to my goal, the closer I get to having an apartment where I feel safe, both emotionally and physically. I've spent the last few months not only afraid of becoming homeless, but also because of an abusive housemate who came into my room when I was sleeping twice and then threw out $352 of my belongings from the bathroom- my shower chair, stepstool, hair dryer, shampoo, etc. and I still have to face him in small claims court, which is terrifying to someone w.crippling anxiety attacks.

Thank you thank you, thank you!
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07/04/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
I'm at $3277 so far, about enough for 4 months in the Boston area, so that's awesome! That leaves just $6,723 to go.

I received a temporary stay of execution until the 11th, and I really need to raise the rest as fast as possible so I spend less time in a shelter or transitional housing, not to mention being able to stay with Daibhi rather than leave him with friends.

Please, pleae help me make my goal- I don't have enough money for a storage unit, and I may have to add that into this fundraiser as well! Please share this on your page and ask friends to share as well, so the word goes out to more than just my awesome friends.

Thank you,
Ginnilee
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06/29/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
We're now just under a 3rd of the way to the goal! Think we can get to the halfway point in another week?
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06/26/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
This is weird- I'm at $2537 & there's 537 days left! How often does synchronicity like that happen?

So, this brings the fundraiser to just over a quarter of the way to my goal in 1 1/2 weeks. I'm working with the Somerville Homeless Coalition to find a place & get help to pay for one where Daibhi & I can stay together until the $10,000 mark is achieved & I can start paying for my own place.

I'm on the list for subsidized housing, but it will take a while before I get an apartment. Right now, I just want to concentrate on finding someplace where I can cook, bake and spend time w/Daibhi and/friends. I may even start working on my own cookbook, seeing how I play with recipes so often, and improving them- or so people tell me.

Please, share this on your page and let others know I need help, and that it's for a good cause. It means I won't be living with someone who steals my bathroom belongings, pours my shampoo down the drain and has physically threatened me twice. Thanks to him, I have to go to Small Claims Court because of the former sentence. He steals my light bulbs and I ended up at the Cambridge Hospital Psych ER twice in January.

Thank you for all of the help my friends have given me, be it a donation or just letting me know you care.
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06/22/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
Hi everyone,

Well, we're at $2,192 in one week, which is excellent! I'd like to see a greater showing over the next week, and get closer to the $10,000 goal; it means that I'll be able to afford a new apartment, where Daibhi & I are happy and feel at home. A place where I can bake as many cookies as I want to and share them with my friends, cook wonderful meals, play with recipes to my heart's content and know there are so many wonderful, caring friends and others in this world.

Please share this update with your friends now that I'm posting from my fundraising page, so they know where to go rather than yesterday's simple message; I was using my phone & can't copy & paste from there. So let's get viral again!

You're all awesome people, and I consider myself very lucky to know you. If I haven't met you yet, you're still a good friend! Thank you!

Ginnilee & Daibhi Rian, Count Catula III
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06/19/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
I'm really blessed with so many friends helping me out; it was hard for me to ask for the help, but it's making a huge difference in how long I'll be in transitional housing! The $10,000 will allow me to pay rent & bills for a year while I wait for my Disability to go through, not to mention it allows me & Daibhi to stay together.

He's a very special cat because he loves nothing more than snuggling w/me, especially when I'm having one of my crippling anxiety attacks. When I get one of those- and I've been getting them quite a bit over the last few weeks -I spiral down & down, unable to break out of a combination of terror, despair and a sense of being a failure because I can't work anymore plus the fact everyone else in my family has someone standing with them, and I'm all alone.

Thank you from both me & Daibhi!
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06/12/2013
by Daibhi Rian Berger & Audrey Liebl
I had to sign an agreement to be out of the house by the end of the month, and be forgiven the $4,000 I owe in back rent. I have no idea where I'm going, and I'm working with several organizations to find emergency housing. My therapist & nurse psychopharm both feel that a group home would be the best solution until I can get into subsidized housing. In the meantime, I have no income and no way to pay for a new place to live until I get my Disability.

If I get separated from Daibhi, my emotional support cat, I would be much closer, despite a complete phobia of the idea of nonexistence, to actually trying to end my life. We have such a tight bond with each other that living in a shelter would be impossible due to my having crippling anxiety where I can't get out of a spiral of despair (dramatic, but true) and even meds can't do much.
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