Help the Wilson Family Help Themselves and Others!

For: Robert and Jennifer Wilson
Organizer: Robert Wilson
Help the Wilson Family Help Themselves and Others! (Robert and Jennifer Wilson)
$965
of $3,500 goal.
Raised by 24 donors
27% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

We’ve been trying to move back to Smyrna, TN for almost two years now. The house we’re living in is a complete dump. When we moved in we had no idea just how bad it was. The water has sprung major leaks about eight times, one causing major flooding & leading us to worry about possible health concerns.

The floor in the kitchen feels like it’s going to cave in any day now & I found a hole in the floor next to one of the doors the other day. The deck feels like a death trap to walk on. The wood is warped & cracked & has many weak spots & some boards coming up from the nails.

The garbage disposal died over a year ago, was never fixed. Six weeks ago the dishwasher went out for the third time (the plumber keeps saying it needs replaced) & it’s still not been fixed.

There are holes in the walls, one goes all the way outside (I sealed it with tape!), two bedroom doors (which are practically cardboard) have fallen apart, one’s completely done for & the windows don’t seal to block out the cold.

Between gas (the nearest town is a half hour drive) & utilities (four times what they are in Smyrna!) this place is expensive.

A lot of this sucks, but two adults & one teenager can deal. But my daughter moved back in & now has a daughter of her own & this is no place for a baby.

By rights, we should be able to manage this on our own. Trust me, I know. We’ve tried.

For the longest time, everywhere we applied for either got otherwise rented (the market is extremely competitive) or the landlord wouldn’t allow our German Shepherd.

Back in March, we found a place. The landlord wanted to rent specifically to us. It was perfect!

Our car had broken down the day before & was in the shop. We were hoping it would be a cheap fix. Turned out the engine needed replaced & two days later I lost my job because the company I worked for went over budget.

So every penny we had saved went into another car so I could work (anything that pays more than minimum wage here is an hour’s drive at least).

I started a new job in June & we started saving again (Jen has worked from home for eight years now). Since then, we’ve had to replace the brakes in the car, back to school supplies were way more than usual, our bills have gone up & old student loans have resurfaced.

Then about two weeks ago, we were faced with a very difficult private family emergency with the baby and I had to go on unpaid personal leave.

We’re to our breaking point. We need to get out of this place as soon as possible & we don’t seem to be able to make that happen before winter.

For years now, we’ve lived in poverty yet we’ve managed to build a small press & published award-winning novels & novellas & anthologies contributing thousands to charity. And we’ve been planning to do so much more; to re-launch Nightscape Press with a brand new charity-driven model that will pay authors & the charities of their choice the majority of royalties.

And we don’t make any money from Nightscape Press. Every penny & then some goes back into Nightscape Press.

There’s a reason we’ve barely produced any books in the past two years.

We’re broke!

But that doesn’t mean we’re ready to give up just yet either.

As soon as we get moved, we’ll be doubling down to make our charity model a reality in 2017.

But we can’t do that while we’re stuck in this place, struggling to survive.

So, if you can help in any way, we would really appreciate it! Thank you for reading & thank you so much in advance for sharing, donating, or any other contribution to our cause that you can make!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 12, 2016

Posted on October 12, 2016

Just wanted to update everybody and let you know that we've moved the fundraiser over to Gofundme. We've been contacted by a couple of people saying they were not able to donate, one of which had their bank account locked because of which, so we felt it would be best to go with a more well known site. We still have a ways to go, so if you could please consider sharing the link, that would be a huge help! Here it is: https://www.gofundme.com/help-the-wilsons-move-2tzyxf8 Thank you all so much!

Posted on October 5, 2016

Posted on October 5, 2016

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and shared! It has been a huge help. Having your support makes a difficult time easier to handle! 

We had our first cold snap recently. We're back up into the 70s and 80s, but it definitely gives us a picture that winter isn't too far off. Really hoping to secure a place in Smryna before winter hits.

Zoey is getting bigger and more amazing every day. We're fortunate to be able to have her in our lives. 

Continuing to look for places in Smyrna. Hoping to raise enough to secure one as soon as possible.  Every bit helps -- even a $5 donation and/or sharing the fundraiser to get it in front of more eyes.  Thank you so much for thinking about us and supporting our fundraiser!

Posted on September 16, 2016

Posted on September 16, 2016

Last night we hit 25% of our goal, everybody! And we can't thank you all enough for the amazing support! Since our last update, our landlord let us know she will start looking for a new dishwasher, but a dishwasher is the least of our problems here as this place is probably near condemnable with everything else that needs fixed.

Our grandbaby Zoey just turned 12 weeks old this last Tuesday and is getting big and strong! We've been keeping an eye out for houses for rent and they continue to pop up and disappear quickly, so as soon as we have enough to start going and looking at places we'll be doing that. Again, thank you so much for your support and please continue to share from time to time if you don't mind. Thank you so much!

The Wilson family

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