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Go Fund me = White cargo van (No more homelessness)

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Hey everyone,

Has anyone ever started a go fund me page? I'm thinking about starting one. I'm out of pre-reqs for college so being on financial aid is getting old, I'm having issues with getting into a nursing program, and I'd like to work as a CNA and I'm not going to pay full rent a month at where I live once I start working full time. It costs like $1,000 a month in my city to live in a all-in-one. That's $12,000 in one year. There are some vans on Ebay for like a fraction of that ($4,500). I'd like to use the remainder of my time between now and August where I don't have any classes (I'm in one for Culinary) to work as a CNA and get some experience.

If I could start a go-fund me for donations between $4,000-50,000 dollars, maybe I could get a van and move out of my section 8 and work as a CNA, not "OWE" HUD a damn thing, and earn some experience where I can work part time and hopefully get into nursing school.

As a CNA, if I work full time, I'll pay almost my whole income to live where I live at now where I don't have to pay electricity or water. If I own a van, I can get a lot for what I'm paying not owing anything on the van itself. A van is a place I can rest my body without being disturbed by anyone.

I'll register it with veteran plates to further increase my inability of being bothered. I won't park in a handicapped, but if I'm parked at a public park or something, I could get some sleep without having to pay parking fees.

If I apply for a job right now as a CNA and get hired for a full time position which is what I think places usually look for in Vegas, HUD will want 4 pay stubs which would give me two months from not having to pay full price yet. But at the rate CNA's are paid, two months wouldn't be enough to afford even the cheapest white cargo van in decent condition from what I"ve seen on Ebay.

No, family and friends will not provide me a place to stay. A white cargo van is the only proven reliable method.

*EDIT* I still have my Post 9/11 GI Bill. It expires in 2025 (roughly). Yes, I have plenty of time to use it but some program have special rules such as "you can't take a TEAS entrance exam more than 2 times in 2 years" which means if you fail to get in both times you have to wait 2 years before being able to take the TEAS again. I've been trying to use my GI bill since being out of the military back in 2010. The van is the only reliable method. Nothing else will work. I can work whenever and make whatever I want while living in a van. I can also go to school and study at campus where I sleep.

Thoughts? Any experiences with a funding page or donation page? I don't want to prolong my reach from nursing school anymore.

Edited by Joe V

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I guess it kind of depends on if you think your friends and family would be willing to donate. The whole process is generally pretty easy to set up. You just want to research the best sites and which have the lowest fees.

Personally, I don't really donate to gofundme's for things that aren't emergencies or aren't from someone in need of housing in general, medical appointments/treatments, etc. If someone has their basic needs met and could continue to have those met, then I'd rather donate my time and money to those who don't. So that's something you may run into with others as well.

Edited by idkmybffjill

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If your friends and family won't provide you with a place to stay, I don't see them contributing 4K to 50K to keep you from having to pay rent. And unless you have some extraordinary story that gets picked up by the media, I don't see strangers contributing, either. To be honest, I find the whole plan a bit bizarre.

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Family and friends are not contributors. We're talking about people I don't know across the nation. For example, 6,000 people donate $5. That's almost $35,000. I would also put in the description that all proceeds go to the van. It doesn't even have to be above $4,000.

I mean there's a few vans on ebay for $4,000. $5 multiplied by 800 people = $4,000 for the person on Ebay.

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If your friends and family won't provide you with a place to stay, I don't see them contributing 4K to 50K to keep you from having to pay rent. And unless you have some extraordinary story that gets picked up by the media, I don't see strangers contributing, either. To be honest, I find the whole plan a bit bizarre.

How is it bizarre? It's going towards a van so I can lower my level of responsibility. Not cocaine or strippers. I have no kids so parents can't call me out for being a POS father because I have no kids.

And what I meant by famliy and friends not providing me a place to stay, that means not while saving up for a van and not preventing me from buying a van by providing me a place to stay. It said nothing about them contributing to paying out of pocket for a fundraiser.

Basically, "no, you can't stay at our house". Living in my car is dangerous enough because I have see-through windows. Plus, it's uncomfortable compared to a van.

Some cargo vans allow you to stand up in.

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Here's brainstorming solution: Find work at a place that provides room and board!

I did that in the late 70's and early 80's when I worked at a residential Children's Home as a Houseparent/EMT.

It was great! I worked a few 24 hour shifts on, then off for a few days. I was even allowed to attend classes at a local community college during the day when the boys in my charge were in school.

I wonder if such places still exist?

BTW: Do they have a Go Fund Me for old nursing dudes like me who want to retire?

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How is it bizarre? It's going towards a van so I can lower my level of responsibility. Not cocaine or strippers. I have no kids so parents can't call me out for being a POS father because I have no kids.

And what I meant by famliy and friends not providing me a place to stay, that means not while saving up for a van and not preventing me from buying a van by providing me a place to stay. It said nothing about them contributing to paying out of pocket for a fundraiser.

Basically, "no, you can't stay at our house". Living in my car is dangerous enough because I have see-through windows. Plus, it's uncomfortable compared to a van.

Some cargo vans allow you to stand up in.

I say "bizarre" because most people won't view "lowering your level of responsibility" as a worthwhile charitable cause. I'd love to not be responsible for paying rent, too ...but I'd never have the nerve to ask other people to pay it for me. I know they have their own expenses and financial goals.

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Has anyone ever started a go fund me page? I'm thinking about starting one.

I can appreciate the data gathering stage of your problem solving process, BtC. When I first read your post, I thought, "I'm not sure I'm reading his right: This person wants people to send him money because he's wanting to simplify his life?"

I waited until straight-shooting Sour Lemon fired up her post that I could use as a reality check before I responded.

Hey- what the heck? Run it up the flagpole and see if any one salutes. Better yet, start a Go Fund Me thing and see if anyone sends money!

Stranger things have happened.

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Family and friends are not contributors. We're talking about people I don't know across the nation. For example, 6,000 people donate $5. That's almost $35,000. I would also put in the description that all proceeds go to the van. It doesn't even have to be above $4,000.

I mean there's a few vans on ebay for $4,000. $5 multiplied by 800 people = $4,000 for the person on Ebay.

Ah. If it's going to rely on strangers donating, then unless you have a very large social media following, I don't think you'd get much donations at all, if any. Gofundme's don't get much traffic on their own, and from what I've seen, it's very hard to get random people to donate to you. It's going to be especially hard for a fund that's not for an emergency. I've seen ones that were asking for a couple hundred dollars total for things like immediate medical bills and that were shared thousands of times go with only like $10 total raised.

I think you're going to be better off trying to get a loan or finding a cheap room to rent so you can have more money to save each month for a van.

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I'd love to not be responsible for paying rent, too ...but I'd never have the nerve to ask other people to pay it for me. I know they have their own expenses and financial goals.

Then bigod, if you don't have the nerve, I'm going to start a fund for you, Sour Lemon!

Oh gawd! I misspelled financial!

Edited by Davey Do

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If your friends and family won't provide you with a place to stay, I don't see them contributing 4K to 50K to keep you from having to pay rent. And unless you have some extraordinary story that gets picked up by the media, I don't see strangers contributing, either. To be honest, I find the whole plan a bit bizarre.

OP, you could start one and see what happens, but I wouldn't count on it.

I'll say that I have donated through GFM exactly once. It was for my cousin, a single mother of 5 who lost nearly everything in a house fire. There is exactly zero chance I would help a stranger with routine living expenses. I mean, people work in low paying jobs every day and manage without GFM.

Have you looked into renting a room in someone's house? I have seen empty-nesters renting out bedrooms that their family doesn't need anymore. My husband actually did that before we got married; he relocated to my area, and we didn't want to move in together until the wedding. I don't know how much he paid for rent, but he was working as a PCA at the time... so it couldn't have been that much.

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