Help Purchase a Trailer for a Homeless Single Mom with Four Kids!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

Quick bit of background info: A few months ago, we managed to raise enough money, mostly via online sources, to purchase a mobile home for a homeless family we were helping. They moved in to their new place February 1st, and they've been financially self-sufficient ever since. We still see them regularly, as they are part of our church small group and he serves in our ministry in a couple of different capacities. 

Earlier this year, God brought us another family to help, and we're hoping to raise the necessary funds to help them get their own place within the next week or so.

Please allow me to introduce you to Ayaan and her family. Ayaan is of African descent, but was raised in Germany as a Muslim, and she speaks three languages. She came to this country 7 years ago with her husband, who then promptly abandoned her She was left with no passport, no money, few marketable skills, no green card, no job, very little English ability, and small children to care for somehow. After that, she ended up with a man who beat her regularly, and he would often wave a loaded handgun around. He began dealing drugs and committing other crimes (breaking and entering, etc.). He is now serving a long sentence in Huntsville at the Texas State Penitentiary. Ayaan left him because she didn't want her kids to think that lifestyle of abuse was normal. That led to about two years of homelessness. She moved from place to place and from shelter to shelter with her four children (now ages 12, 7, 6, and 4), because of the policy that most shelters have of kicking people out after 90 days. This time was very stressful on the entire family, and they lost a lot of hope and property as well. 

When my wife and I first met Ayaan, she was living in a hostel in a small room with no shower or cooking facilities, where all five of them were sleeping on the floor.  They had no furniture of any kind. We took them to dinner, and then to Target to buy a couple of air mattresses. We were immediately struck by the positive attitude and joy that these children had, in spite of their circumstances.  Four beautiful kids and a single mom, living in this tiny room, while experiencing threatening looks from neighbors and the constant threat of CPS coming in to break up their family only for being needy.  Our hearts were touched with compassion.

One day Ayaan, who had quickly become my wife's friend, called her and said that she had a dream that she and her children were all killed.  This alarmed us, because Ayaan had told us before that she frequently had dreams that came true soon afterward.  Because of the threatening looks from neighbors, threats from CPS, her car getting stolen, the end of her monthly lease term on the room, and the frightening dream, we made a quick decision to allow the entire family to move in with ours in late January. Though it was challenging, Ayaan managed to keep her kids in the same school and finish out the school year without getting any more absences, which would have caused her to be taken to court by the district.  This was a big accomplishment for all of us!  The kids were able to do their homework and make good grades for the rest of the year.

The bottom line is that Ayaan is ready now to get her life in order:  she still needs a job in food service, elder care, or translation (she speaks three languages) that will make her enough to support her kids. Honestly, any job that would use her skill set would be a blessing. She is a very hard worker - I've seen this firsthand. She needs a place to stay that is safe for her children.  Already, God had provided her with a minivan, and has made progress toward getting her driver's license.  She has resolved some of her legal issues related to the time when she was being abused. 

At this point, we would like to buy a trailer for Ayaan's family that we've found (pictured above). It's in pristine condition, and it's worth around $14,000. The seller heard Ayaan's story and met her and her son, and they are willing to sell it for just $10,000. It has a bunk for each child, kitchen, bathroom, small living area, and master bed. Thankfully, we've raised almost half of the money already. 

Please pray for God's guidance about whether he would have you help to make a difference in this family's life. 

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God bless.

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Julie A. Black
KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist - Kapaa, HI
CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker

I'll donate by tomorrow. Good luck and thanks.

Jul 23, 2013 05:09 PM #1
Ed & Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Fountain Hills, AZ
The Oliva Team Arizona Agents

Jason!! This is some great work you are doing,  keep it up and good luck with your business,  E

Jul 23, 2013 07:59 PM #2
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Hi Jason, I want to tell you that you are a really nice person....I see a lot of your posts here and on FB and just wanted to let you know you have a kind heart!

Jul 23, 2013 10:37 PM #3
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

JULIE - Thank you so much for your donation. I really appreciate it! God bless you - 

ED - Thank you for saying that.

KRISTIN - Well, thank you for your kind compliment. It means a lot to me.

Jul 24, 2013 01:53 AM #4
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

This lady and her kids are very fortunate indeed to have you and your wife on their side- aweseome Jason!

Jul 24, 2013 04:29 AM #5
Kristal Wilson
KB Home - Fontana, CA
Cause We Like 'Em New ~ New Home Specialist!

Jason ~ Reading of  Ayaan's tale has touched my heart. I thank you for sharing it with us and send positive thoughts to you all.

Jul 24, 2013 05:00 AM #6
Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor
RE/MAX Properties - Ridgewood, NJ
Broker Associate

Hi Jason, 

    Just came across your blog. What a great way to engage people for the kingdom. 

Jul 25, 2013 01:36 PM #7
Christine Farkas
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Awesome Customer Service Experience

Wow props to you and your wife for letting Ayaan and her children live with you, and the support you've given them. Where some would've turned their backs or offered only words of encouragement you went all in. This women and her children will have repect for kindness for the rest of their lives.

Aug 14, 2013 07:52 AM #8
Yvette Chisholm
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Rockville, MD
Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500

People just need a little help sometimes.  The difference between good and great is so small.  The difference between making it an not making it is small too most of the time.  Just a little help and a little push.   Nice this family can be together to help each other through and great for people to help them.

Sep 15, 2013 11:33 PM #9
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

What a kind thing to do.  We all need a bit of help to get back on our feet..

Sep 17, 2013 12:42 AM #10
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