From: Paige Whiting <>
Date: February 3, 2017 6:36:30 PM EST
To: Clark Park Tot Lot <>

Hi! We got the YouCaring website set up. I just made a donation and it works. Please share this link with your networks. This family needs to pay the needed rent by Friday, February 10th. Thank you so much!

I have already received $40 cash and an Aldi's gift card. Thank you all so much. The Sharisi family is so thankful!

Thanks in advance,

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From: Irene Plantholt <>
Date: February 2, 2017 9:23:03 PM EST
To: Veronika Lambert <>
Cc: Paige Whiting <>, Clark Park Tot Lot < >

Hi Veronika! Great questions! We (Paige as a friend, and I as an "American Friend" refugee volunteer) are definitely working with the family to avoid this from happening in the future. They have not been able to pay the rent because the apartment that was made available to them by their resettlement organization is too expensive for them, as the parents have not been able to find jobs yet (mom has a parttime job which is great, but unfortunately it pays very poorly and is far away). We are helping them with arranging finances/taxes etc., the housing situation, and finding a (better) job, but right now we are at all cost trying to avoid that they get evicted. If you have any more questions, please feel free to email us, we'd be happy to tell you more! Thank you for considering helping this West Philly family! If you want to help out in other ways (bringing a meal, taking them to neighborhood resources in the neighborhood like 2nd mile or the Nesthing house, help dad with English lessons, etc), let us know. You also may meet them at Malcolm X park or at the library. They would love to get connected with more neighbors!
Thanks, awesome West Philly community!
Warm wishes,


On Feb 2, 2017, at 4:41 PM, Veronika Lambert <> wrote:

Hi Paige,
can you set-up a fundraising site where people can easily donate? YouCaring perhaps? If everyone gives just $20 or whatever they can afford, this family will be helped a lot! I'm also wondering if they have income to be able to pay for March and other months into the future so they don't fall into the same cycle.

On Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 4:12 PM, Paige Whiting < > wrote: I have written on here before for clothes and things for a refugee family that moved here from Afghanistan in September. Her first 3 months rent here were covered by a refugee organization, but now they are behind on rent. They need to pay half a month for December ($450) and January ($900) and February ($900) for a total of $2,250 by the end of next week or they will be given a notice to move out in 10 days and then be evicted. I know this is not a sight for fundraising, but I know that a lot of you are interested in helping refugees and this is a tangible way to be able to help. If you are able to help, please email me. Anything can make a difference.

Thank you in advance for your generosity in this time of need.

Paige Whiting

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