Shawna, Jasper & Family Sustaining Fund

Shawna, Jasper & Family Sustaining Fund

From Shawna Scroggins

Our page is up and running again! Thank you all for your support!

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Update #3

26 days ago

Hi! I just wanna thank everyone for sharing, donating and sending positive energy. We are just over halfway towards our goal for monthly donations! This is amazing, thank you so much. It really means the world to us. It’s such a trip because the impact of your support radiates well beyond our home. It’s very uplifting for ppl to hear about our situation and the ways community has kept us afloat and well. My sister shares photos and stories about the situation with ppl she’s locked up with. Those stories help them feel happy and inspired. Because my sister is supported she is able to be someone in the prison who supports and uplifts others. Because my mom has a queer child and is being supported by all these ppl, many queer, she has been inspired to look out for trans women who are locked up with her. I just wanna thank you all again. Sending lots of love. Always.

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Dearest friends, family, and supporters of our family! :)

We are ever grateful for your assistance during this trying time.  We (Jasper and Shawna) are still employed through the home as full-time caregivers to five young people who are living through the trauma of incarceration. Unfortunately, that important work is without income. The great news is since we do not work outside of the home we are able to fully attend to the emotional, physical and educational needs of the children in our household. In addition to that we are able to be a safe haven and provide support to our nephews whose mom was also incarcerated.  Because of the generosity of our friends and supporters, we are all thriving.

We have moved from gofundme to this new platform, which has an option for recurring donations.

The transition from being a queer childless couple in the Bay Area to suddenly being parents of five in an Arizona suburb has been jarring. We've adjusted well but this life can be overwhelming and very lonely. At times the pressure can be nearly unbearable. We have so many people leaning on us and there isn't anyone nearby for us to lean on. We are responsible for five children (four under the age of nine), we help out other households with several small children impacted by incarceration and we provide emotional and financial support to our loved ones who are serving time. The prison industrial complex seeks to destroy families by traumatizing children and financially devastating people on the outside with incarcerated loved ones. This is hard work but we have a strong conviction that this is the type of intervention and healing that it takes to disrupt and recover from a system that is generationally penalizing.

Thanks to the support we've received, our kids are THRIVING despite it all. We were able to take them to California for a month during the summer where they attended summer camps for art and music, San Francisco Pride, they got to see the ocean! They have been attending Taekwondo at a local martial arts studio, which has increased their confidence and self esteem. Our kids have been able to participate in soccer through the YMCA.  I (Shawna) am currently working towards becoming a certified group fitness instructor at the YMCA. Jasper and I are able to attend to our mental health with therapy and horseback riding lessons. We love the barn where we ride horses because of its family atmosphere. The kids often come to our lessons where they are able to hang with animals and learn how the barn functions.  

We are extremely grateful for the abundance of support we have from our family outside of Arizona. We are so grateful that you all are willing to engage not just in our survival but in our capacity to experience joy and in our ability to break the cycle of incarceration.

Our goal is to reach $2400 per month in recurring monthly donations to cover our monthly expenses. Below is a breakdown of what monthly donations will cover:

$1442 Mortgage

$250 Utilities

$140 Martial Arts

$70 discounted family YMCA membership

$90 Therapy Shawna

$50 After School Program for kids including nephews

$250 Horseback riding lessons

$80 Cell phones

Please consider becoming a monthly donor of any amount or sponsoring a monthly expense to support our family so that these children can continue to thrive. Your financial contribution plays a direct role in breaking the cycle of incarceration. They are the third generation of young people in this family to be impacted by the disappearance of a parent into the prison system. 

If 80 people give $15 a month we have $1200! <3

If 48 people pledge $50 a month or if 24 people pledge $100 we will have our bills covered! <3 <3 <3 

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Shawna Scroggins posted a new update:
26 days ago

Update #3

Hi! I just wanna thank everyone for sharing, donating and sending positive energy. We are just over halfway towards our goal for monthly donations! This is amazing, thank you so much. It really means the world to us. It’s such a trip because the impact of your support radiates well beyond our home. It’s very uplifting for ppl to hear about our situation and the ways community has kept us afloat and well. My sister shares photos and stories about the situation with ppl she’s locked up with. Those stories help them feel happy and inspired. Because my sister is supported she is able to be someone in the prison who supports and uplifts others. Because my mom has a queer child and is being supported by all these ppl, many queer, she has been inspired to look out for trans women who are locked up with her. I just wanna thank you all again. Sending lots of love. Always.

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Shawna Scroggins posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #2

We worked the issue out and the page is back up and running! Click the donate button to give any amount.

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Shawna Scroggins posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #1

Due to technical difficulties this page is not currently working. Please send payments to Venmo: @shawna-shawnte or PayPal: sonic88zj@gmail.com while we resolve the problem. thank you!

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