Tuesday, August 27, 2013


I believe this is my first official bleg, and I hesitate to do it, but it's for my child.

Silver the Evil Chao, aka SystemsReady, is in a terrible bind. You know her from the pages of my blog, and many of you have met her in real life. She's brilliant, funny, and broke. She owes her university (the University of ND) $3000 for summer housing and will be kicked out of the dorms tomorrow (Wednesday the 28th) if the bill doesn't get paid. Yes, I know this is last minute, but we've been trying to work things out with the school and through family up until now without success.

Here's what happened and why/how everything got so ugly:

Silver didn't come here for the summer because she was offered an AWESOME full-time programming job from the college of nursing at her university, and she had to be there for face-to-face meetings. She took summer housing at the university because she's used to it and she didn't have to pay up front, the charges would just be posted to her account.

Unfortunately, the nursing department dicked around for months and the start date for her job kept being pushed back over and over, until she got an email saying that the college of nursing had a new dean and all agreements/meetings/jobs were cancelled.

By this time, it was too late for her to register for summer classes, which would have enabled her to get some kind of financial aid to cover the charges for housing.

She had already signed up for housing for the fall semester and she moved back into her regular dorm room last week, only to find out they were kicking her out for non-payment of the summer housing charges and because she's not enrolled in classes yet.

She has another programming job lined up through the school, one she's done before, but she has to be enrolled in classes to get it, and she has a hold on her account because of the charges, so she can't enroll in classes. The bursar's office offered her a payment plan to pay off the charges monthly, but that hinged on her getting the university programming job.

It's a classic Catch-22, and until the $3000 are paid, she has no place to live, no job, and no chance to enroll in classes for this semester.

Some good friends of hers have offered her a couch to crash on for a few days, but that's not a long-term solution and it still doesn't address the fact that she can't take classes at the university.

So I'm blegging y'all to help her. I've done all I can, and this is my last idea for a solution.

Here's where you can donate, if you're so inclined. Silver will thank everyone personally for any donation, and anyone who donates $50 will get two hours of custom website design (and she's GOOD).

Thank you all for reading, and thank you for any prayers, good wishes, etc. It's greatly appreciated.
ZOMFG! You guys ROCK!
As of 2:33 PM today you've donated a total of $675. That's INCREDIBLE and we're grateful and humbled.
The university will be happy to get a big chunk of cash and it's wonderful progress IN ONE DAY. Wow.


Peter said...

Dot and I are in. If Silver hasn't received our Paypal donation within an hour or two, please let us know.

phlegmfatale said...

*LINKED* Good luck on this-- Silver is a very worthy young lady and deserves a bit of support at what I'm sure is a discouraging moment!

Will Brown said...

So, threw a bone on the pile; "No Mom you can't have the headset back." was an entertainment moment easily worth that much.

Now she only needs 29 more bones and she can afford to go find a different 8 ball to get behind. :)

Why, yes, I was a young student once; why do you ask?

Christina RN LMT said...

Peter, we thank you and Dot again for your generosity. As soon as I hear from Silver today I'll update the post.

Phlegmmy, you are a very special lady and Silver and I are lucky that you're our friend!

Will, thank you! You are a true gentleman, even though your taste for entertainment is a bit odd. ;)

Ruth said...

Urg, I'm broke till after the 2nd of Sept....otherwise $50 would be a small price to pay for all the folks who helped ME through college and refused repayment.

Christina RN LMT said...

Thank you, Ruth! Good wishes are appreciated, too. :)