Please help keep Albert in his Happy Home! *Funds needed!*

For: Albert Walker
Washington, DC
Organizer: Meredith Hanafi
Please help keep Albert in his Happy Home! *Funds needed!* (Albert Walker)
$8,175
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 73 donors
81% Complete

The Story

Hello friends and neighbors, 

It is time to fund raise for our lovely friend Albert again! In fact the coffers are running dangerously low for Albert's housing fund ... as of this month we will only be able to contribute for 2 more months. Your donations go into an account which sends $200/month towards Albert's rent and without which Albert would not be able to live in this house. Albert has settled in beautifully to his house and helps out where he can - feeding the cats, taking out the garbage and raking the yard. He still walks the neighborhood daily and keeps up with friends and neighbors new and old. 

Please help us to raise some more money. As you may remember from three years ago, your generous donations helped our neighbor Albert to move into a furnished room in a great house only 1 block from his home of 25 years.

Albert loves his new home and is cared for by his lovely landlord who is generous of spirit and also her great cooking. Albert feeds the cats, takes out the garbage and generally makes himself useful about the house wherever he can. As he often tells me, "if you don't keep busy, you die" - excellent advice from an 90 year old man.

If you are looking for a last minute gift for a friend or would like to make a donation in your own name we would be most appreciative!

For those of you not familiar with our neighbor and friend Albert, you will find our original info below.

Thanks again to all of you who help support this long time neighbor and friend. 

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Our friend and neighbor Albert recently lost his home of 25 years on Shepherd Street NW DC but has found a great furnished room in a house very nearby which allows him to continue his many daily walks and interactions with neighbors.

However, as property values in our neighborhood rapidly increase, rents go up as well. A small furnished room in our neighborhood is now unaffordable for someone on a fixed income - his rent is over 80% of his monthly income!

Other housing options for seniors on a fixed income in DC are very, very limited. Most have wait lists of more than 3 years or are closed until further notice. Spaces that may be available sooner are in neighborhoods that are far from Albert's familiar neighborhood and friends.

For the long term plan we are helping Albert to get on wait lists for good quality assisted living homes - these will be covered by his medicaid and insurance plan. But for now Albert would love to stay in his new house - the owners are lovely and caring and make Albert feel like family.

I have known Albert for 7 years and have talked and laughed with him almost every day for that time. Although his tracheotomy can make it challenging to understand him, he shares his humor through gestures, clicks and smiles. I know him to be a loving and considerate person and I am committed to helping Albert live comfortably through his senior years.

It would make such a difference to the quality of life that Albert will have in his 90's if we can help him to stay local and near to those who care about him! Donations will be held in a bank account and then paid towards Albert's rent at increments of $200 each month, leaving him enough income left over for the cost of living.

If you can afford even $20 that would make a huge difference to keeping Albert at home, and our neighborhood will be much improved for it.

Thanks for your donation! You can contact me with any questions or suggestions you may have and I will get back to you ASAP.

Meredith

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 15, 2017

Posted on August 15, 2017

Dear Friends of Albert,

I am so sorry to say that about a month ago Albert passed away. He will be greatly missed in his neighborhood and by his community. Thanks to all of you Albert was able to stay in his familiar neighborhood among friends for 3 extra years of his life. Thank you all so much for making that happen, he often told me how much it meant to him.

I am so glad and lucky that I got to have 8 years of friendship with this wonderful man. I miss him greatly.

I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to get this message to you, as many of you know my family moved to San Francisco one and a half months ago and I have been quite overwhelmed with it all.

As donors I need to ask you what you think we should do with the remainder of the money that was raised for his housing fund. As I see it we have a few options.

1) Albert generously donated his body to science. When his ashes are returned to his existing family the fund could pay for interment and a memorial plaque.

2) The monies could be donated to a related and vetted 501 (c)3 charity

3) the money could be returned to the most recent donors (deducting what had already gone towards rent).

Please let me know what you think!

all my love and thanks,

meredith


Posted on May 22, 2014

Posted on May 22, 2014

Hello again all,

I have great news! A wonderful community member has pledged to donate $100/month towards Albert's rent for as long as he needs. This will allow all of your generous donations to be stretched much farther. She doesn't know Albert or any of us personally but was moved to donate by reading the posting on the Petworth List Serve. 

I am still trying to raise enough to contribute $200 each month towards Alberts rent for the next few years - and we are well on our way towards that goal thanks to everyone here. 

Thanks again and talk to you all soon!

Meredith


Posted on May 22, 2014

Posted on May 22, 2014

Hello again all,

I have great news! A wonderful community member has pledged to donate $100/month towards Albert's rent for as long as he needs. This will allow all of your generous donations to be stretched much farther. She doesn't know Albert or any of us personally but was moved to donate by reading the posting on the Petworth List Serve. 

I am still trying to raise enough to contribute $200 each month towards Alberts rent for the next few years - and we are well on our way towards that goal thanks to everyone here. 

Thanks again and talk to you all soon!

Meredith

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