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I wrote a lengthy post recently about our efforts to raise money to help a homeless family here in Austin. In a nutshell, we are raising money to purchase a mobile home, then they will be in a position to pay their own way (lot rent + utilities).

We met this family in July (dad was on the side of the road with a sign), and we've become good friends since then. It's a mom, dad, and 8-year-old boy. The mom was diagnosed with MS two months ago, and their son has special needs. They are striving to get back on track as a famliy in a number of ways. The whole story is here if you want the background: http://actvra.in/MTQ

At this point, we have raised almost $8000, and we need another $3948 to fully fund the project. I am expecting several more donations of unspecified amounts in the next day or two.
 
Here's a breakdown of our costs:
 
$10,000 - used mobile home in good condition (see photos)
$1,800 - estimated cost to move it
FREE - utility hookup for electricity and plumbing (special at the mobile home park)
 
 
 
The mobile home is valued at over $17k, but we negotiated a phenomenal deal, partially because of the story I told the seller about my friends and their situation.
 

If you have any interest in helping us get the remaining funds, you can donate here: 

http://www.gofundme.com/1qtw4s

 
If you aren't in a position to help financially, please re-blog this post or share the above link anywhere that you feel led to do so. We are SO close now.
 
Thanks for reading and God bless you in 2013 and beyond - 
 
Jason Crouch

 

If you're looking for a home in the Austin area, you can also visit my primary website at www.austintexashomes.com.  Thanks!

Comment balloon 14 commentsJason Crouch • December 29 2012 07:00AM

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Good work, Jason!

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 6 years ago

Hey Jason,

Pretty exciting to hear how close you are to reaching your goal!  Keep it going brother!

Posted by Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service (The Jordon Wheeler Group) over 6 years ago

Jason- Best of luck and God bless you for all of your efforts. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 6 years ago

Please keep us posted, Jason, as you get closer to your goal. Good luck!

Posted by Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area (David Tracy Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Greg - Thanks, man!

Jordon - We got a few more donations tonight. We only need $5330 now.  :)

Kathy - Thanks so much. God bless you, too!

Rose - Thank you again for your donation. I hope to have all of the money by the end of the year.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 6 years ago

Hi Greg, what a worthy cause. My prayers go out to you and the people needing this. Keep up the great work.

Posted by Kymberly Caldwell-Muniz, TCR Group Keller Williams Realty Rancho Cucamonga ((909) 973-0410 ) over 6 years ago

Jason, It is nice to see the actual home. I am glad monies are coming in. I hope you received my check (I never heard if you did or not).

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 6 years ago

Hi Debbie - I just sent you an email, but I figured it would be a good idea to respond here as well. I did indeed receive your check - THANK YOU again for your support. I really appreciate it. God bless you!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 6 years ago

Jason:  This is an amazing example of how AR members can be of real service.  Not only to each other, but to the human community at large.  It's AR and its members at their best.  Your efforts on the part of this family are wonderful.  I'll be sending you a donation, so be on the lookout.

To help get the word out, I'm Featuring this post in the BananaTude Group today.  Sure hope it helps gain more attention for your good work and this great cause.  Best of luck!

 

Featured in BananaTude!

 

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Congratulations ... and Best of Luck, Jason!

 

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 6 years ago

Gene - THANK YOU for the feature, and for your donation (received!). Have a blessed weekend. I really appreciate it.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 6 years ago

Jason... What a beautiful thing you are doing... I know God's blessings will be with you and if you email me and take paypal we will be happy to contribute...

Happy New Year

 

Beth & Rich

Posted by Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 (Long Island Cash Home Buyer) over 6 years ago

I think that this is awesome that you're doing this dude.  This is something that I really am not the least bit surprised that you're behind.  In any event.....each person picks and chooses what they'll support, but I commend you on your very "alive" example of Christ in action!  Kudos

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) over 6 years ago

Jason, I just stopped by to wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 6 years ago

Jason: Money is tight but I've tried to help in a couple of different ways....I've re-blogged this post and I sent it to a photojournalist friend of mine at KXAN.  It's a good lead for them to turn into a SUPER STORY - hope you hear from my friend, Julie so this story can take on another life!  Thank you for what you have done for this family.

Posted by Gwynn Carpenter, : Broker, Home & Hearth Realty (512)467-6191 (Gwynn Teal Carpenter-Broker: Home and Hearth Realty (Austin)) over 6 years ago

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