Paid 12/06/2011
New Employment Grant
Temporary Loss of Income
Misc. Expense

Fully Funded

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This person has left the following thank you note:

User-submitted image -  Click to see real sizeLosing my shop and the tools for my livelihood of furniture making has been one of the most trying experiences of my life. I would probably be overwhelmed with feeling of self pity if it wasn't for you. Giving me this grant to get started again is such a blessing. I am excited start back to work and rebuild my business. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the support! Best, David

Furniture Maker Lost All Tools In a Fire: Needs Help Getting Livelihood Back

My Story:

I am furniture maker who recently lost all his tools in a fire. I live with my dog in a single bedroom apartment. I live a simple life.

On November 3rd, 2011 a fire destroyed all of my woodworking tools. I lost everything. The owner of the building had told me when I rented the space that my belonging were covered under their insurance policy. They changed their policy a few year ago and I didn't find out until after the fire. I need help buying sanders, a router, a saw, and other hand tools. I desperately need help replacing them.

I had to use all of the money in my savings account to buy materials lost in the fire but do not have enough to replace all the essential items. I do not make much money at what I do. I make furniture because I love to make it. And I need help to get back on my feet and fulfill my obligations to customers. If I cannot replace these tools I could lose the clients I already have and end up with a bad reputation as someone who cannot get jobs done in time. A bad reputation could cost me the only livelihood I have.

I have not slept through the night since the fire. I was already in a tough place financially before the fire, and now I am teetering on the edge.

This funding will give me the tools to rebuild my business. With the funding I will begin the long road of rebuilding my shop by acquiring the tools to make furniture again. I will not let myself be caught off guard by disaster again and will take out a policy to cover the tools that I will buy with this funding to prevent such a disaster from repeating itself. Thank you so much for considering my request.

As of 2011-12-06, this application has been fully funded!

This request for help was funded at the recommendation and through the support of Modest Needs' donors.

Application Status Update: On 2011-12-09, Modest Needs sent payment via Credit / Debit Card in the amount of $746.05 to on behalf of this deserving individual.