Keep Christy Moving!

For: Christy Bloemendaal
Chicago, IL
Organizer: Rayven
Keep Christy Moving! (Christy Bloemendaal)
$32,100
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 170 donors
32% Complete

The Story

Hello, friend!  Welcome to the crowdfunding site for Christy Bloemendaal!
Christy is my mom, and she is living in Chicago. Unfortunately, she is also living with a lot of challenges.  She suffers from multiple co-occurring illnesses that make tasks that are simple for most of us impossible for her to complete.  My mom copes with chronic, lifelong pain and debilitating fatigue.  Her mental illness also makes work and accomplishing daily tasks very difficult at times.  She sees multiple specialists, has weekly therapy sessions, and spends as much time as her insurance company will allow in physical and occupational therapy.  My mom often has four or more appointments in a week, all with physicians and therapists who are working to keep her as healthy as possible. She takes over twenty medications, and has a list of ailments so long that she cannot recount them from memory. The most affecting of her diseases are also "invisible illness" and cannot be seen by others.  This causes much stress, since she often feels she needs to prove or justify her need.  My mom was without income for over three years while she fought for her disability benefits, and now that she has them, the amount she is given in $735 per month.  That isn't enough to survive on, and it certainly isn't enough to thrive on. This site helps to make up the difference between the state disability payment and the actual cost of living. We would greatly appreciate your support in making up that difference and helping to give my mom the best possible life, even though she suffers these disabling conditions.  Donations are used toward housing, utilities, grocery, medication, adaptive aids, transportation, basic household need/supply, and therapies to help keep my mom well. She works very hard to maintain her health, to cope with challenges, to stay positive, and to keep moving despite great difficulty.  The least we can do is to help eliminate the financial burden that she carries, and keep her focus on her wellness.  Please consider giving or sharing this information with others who might give. Let's work together to Keep Christy Moving!  Thank you!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 12, 2017

Posted on December 12, 2017

Hello, friends!

Much has transpired.  Some good and some bad.  On the good side, my landlord and I have made some peace between us.  He apparently found my social media painted him in a bad light and wished that I would let people know he is a good person.  He felt it sounded like I was a poor, sick woman being kicked out by a mean landlord.  So, I said that if he could cease to do things that I perceive as mean, I would definitely stop offering that perspective on my social media.  Since then there has been no strife between us, but I still have great difficulty trusting someone who has promised to do me harm, and the notice to quit has not been rescinded, so I am still being put out in mid-winter because it is what the landlord feels will give him the most peace and balance.  It gives me the opposite of peace and balance.

So, on the bad side, I have found and then lost numerous apartments because the moment that "housing voucher" or "disability" or "not employed" enter the discussion, the discussion ends.  As my niece was keen to point out the other night, it is illegal to discriminate because of my disability, but it is not illegal to just stop calling me back.  It is heartbreaking and frustrating.  So, I started working with a service and had them do the searching for me, and have found the perfect apartment, and am impatiently awaiting a generous donation from a friend to cover the deposit and application fee and praying that nobody else puts in an application while I wait.  Because this is my last shot at staying in Chicago.  If this falls through, I don't have the energy or resources to keep trying.  I don't know what that means, but I think it means that I am not destined to stay here ... but I want to, for lots of reasons.

I received lots of generous gifts over the past several days.  Thank you for giving, and for helping me get through the bulk of December.  And while I do have the money coming in for the deposit on the apartment, if the city doesn't move very quickly with its process of verifying and inspecting and negotiating before the lease can be signed, I may still find myself homeless for a little while.  I'm to leave this apartment January 1st or be subject to legal action, according to the most recent notice the landlord has given.  I have verbal agreement that he will await the move date given my the housing authority and not take legal action, but it is hard to trust that word or feel that staying beyond that date will be safe or wise.  But I don't have the resources to stay elsewhere.  So, please continue to donate generously.  We won't travel or celebrate the holidays.  We will only pack and wait for word on whether or not we can move, anxiously suffering the "what if" scenarios that I so wish I could keep out of my head.  I will get all that I can ready to move--updated records for the pet, suitcases apart from the boxes in case our things need to be placed into storage, paying off past due utilities so I can shut off and move and turn on others later, and eating weird meals because I am trying to empty the pantry instead of purchase more foods that will just need to be moved from place to place.  I also have numerous medical appointments the next several days, and while those are appointments that are beneficial and that I look forward to, they also take time and transit money and energy that I need for packing and moving.

This is getting long.

Basically, I'm exhausted, and constant worry about where or whether you live is torture, and being treated with such disrespect and disdain because of my disability and my poverty is painful in new ways that break my heart.  And I need more resources.  So, I need more money and more time from you, if you would please offer it.  I have pet fee, vet visits, December and January bills, grocery (because my foodstamps and still messed up and I am getting $17 a month for food), medical co-pay (because they also screwed up my medical and switched me from Medicaid/Medicare to ACA, even though I am a disabled individual), transit expense, and funds needed for movers (because I anticipate no help on January 1 and am utterly incapable of loading my household into a uhaul truck alone).  So, $3285 is my estimate for the next six weeks, including bills in both places.  Some of that might be offset by the sale of items, since some of this stuff is definitely not coming with me.  But that is still a big number, and my income isn't going to manage all of it. Please continue to give generously to keep me moving through this insanely challenging period.  And send all the good vibes and prayers you are able to send, because I have been forcing my body and mind through way too much already, and there is so much more to go through.  If you are local, get on over here and help me box some stuff up, please.  That would be a tremendous help.

Love to all!  I am so encouraged and so grateful because of your abundant love and generosity toward me.  It means so much to me.  Thank you. Thank you.  Thank you!!
--Christy

#KeepChristyMoving 


Posted on December 2, 2017

Posted on December 2, 2017

I need money now. 
I usually try to be upbeat and clever with my ask, but I haven't got the time or energy left for that.  While I write this, I am also texting with a best friend (it's not a person, it's a tier) the bitterly honest brokenness and loneliness that I feel at the moment.  Everyone around me is in celebration mode, and I am utterly devastated and trying to want to be alive.  And my pleas for help are met with "I'm sorry but I have to [vacation, party, visit family] for [basically every second of December]."  I get it.  I would love to be doing those things instead of being wrongfully removed from my apartment in the dead of winter when I have zero resources and all my friends have better things to do than help me not die.  I would love to be doing better things than helping me not die.  But I have two options: 1) beg for help and keep fighting  2) die.  
I'm not being overly dramatic.  Yes, my dad could come get me and move me in with him--and within a matter of months I would want nothing more than to die.  No, I can't move somewhere cheaper.  I don't even have enough money or help to move my things across the street, and without my excellent health care providers, I would likely still die. The best course of action is to stay in the city where I have the best care, have best friends (that don't live in Alaska), and where I am already tied into several systems and organizations that provide what I need in my day to day life.  What I need to stay on that course is a few thousand dollars to move me from point A to point B.  It isn't much, especially when you compare it to the credit card bill after your Christmas shopping, or your grocery receipt from the holiday meal, or how much you spend getting to Grandma's for the holiday.  I'm doing none of that.  No shopping, no travel plans, and no groceries to feed a crowd.  Just a roof over our head.  Just not having to sell everything we own, live on the street, and eat Christmas dinner at the Salvation Army.  That is all I am asking for this holiday.  Help to not die.  Help to pay the bills, pay the deposits, and get from one apartment to another.  Help to not be homeless for the New Year.  And to have hope for what is coming, not this blasted despair.  So, yes. I need money now.  I looked at two perfectly lovely apartments already this weekend.  I can't commit to them.  I can't put down a deposit to take them off the market until the housing authority gets through its process and gives me the go-ahead to move in. I need to be able to do that.  I need that cash now.  So, please, offer anything you are able today, no matter how great or how small.  Donate now.  Help me not die this December. 
Thank you!  I love you!  You are all amazing!!
--Christy
#KeepChristyMoving  

Posted on December 1, 2017

Posted on December 1, 2017

I woke up like this.  
Seriously, I'm still in my pajamas--actually a pajama top and some booty shorts.  It's a sad thing, but also totally sensible because I can't expend energy on things like dressing and grooming.  There is too much stress and too much pain and too much to do!!  And I am going to keep saying that until I am safely settled into a new apartment and away from the crazy here.  I'm suddenly not allowed to use the laundry facilities, without any notice and without being told so by the landlord, but by the other tenant.  I still haven't resolved the issues with my benefits through DHS, and the office in charge of my services apparently has no oversight from anyone else, so the only way to go "over their head" is to contact my state representative.  I also have not had any luck with convincing the Social Security Administration that I should have my back payment released to pay for Rayven's school costs and my own moving expenses.  So, I still have all the need and none of the resources.  I'll break things down a little today, which will hopefully help you see where your donations would be used and how they would help to keep me moving.  I'm so grateful for all of your help.  The state should not be failing me in this way, but it is so good to know that there are people who will love and care for me in their stead.  Well, care for me, anyway ... I don't think the state would love me.  ;)  But I am glad so many of you do.  I love you!  And I thank you for all that you do to help me! It means the world to me, and just when I think I can't make it through another moment, you all come through for me in big ways and keep me going. Thank you!
Here's that breakdown of needs--and all of them are immediate needs!:
Christy's apartment deposit    $600 to $1649
Pet deposit                            $250 to $350
Past due electric                    $333
Past due gas                         $460
Nov and Dec phone/internet   $390
Clothing and toiletry               $104
Water and medical supply       $40
Insurance                             $42
Streaming/Software/Etc.        $80
Debt Repayment/Consolidation  $500
Moving cost                           $600 to $800
Rayven apt cost first month  $575 to $1000
Rayven deposit cost              $575 to $1000
Rayven moving cost              $800 to 1000
Groceries                              $200 to $300

Please donate now!  Thank you!!
#KeepChristyMoving

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