04
Apr
12

hachikō

Hi everyone, you might have read in the last thread that Hachikō, our friend from TOD, was made homeless today in New York. Lots of you have been trying to help, so I thought I’d start up a new post so your comments don’t get lost in the last one.

Hachikō is marabout40 on Twitter – link

The battery on her phone died about an hour ago, but hopefully she’ll get it recharged so we can contact her.

If I hear anything I’ll let you know. Thanks to everyone for getting in touch with offers of help, you’re great.


389 Responses to “hachikō”


  1. 1 Carol
    April 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Oh dear..

  2. 2 symmetry11
    April 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Hey Chips…Wordpress is acting crazy again. I could reply to your message.
    Ben(son) is at the University of Conn. She has a sister, but she doesn’t live in NY.

    • April 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks Symmetry. Friggin’ WordPress acting up again for me too, took me ages to post the new Hachikō thread, infuriating.

      • 4 symmetry11
        April 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm

        I couldn’t get to the thread via my laptop only via my cell phone. I was finally about to get it by clicking on “last comments”.

  3. April 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Marabout, I am ready to help! I think there are many of us here who are :-).

  4. 8 PoliticalJunkessa
    April 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    ((((hachiko))))

    Please keep us posted, Chips, LunarSea, and others. I would like to chip in if I can.

  5. 9 sherijr
    April 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    thank YOU Chips, so very much.

  6. 10 Carol
    April 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    That’s so sad. You hear about this but can’t believe there’s no way to help people stay in their home. What can we do?

    • 11 Mel
      April 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      So how can we all help? I will glad to danate to keep her safe, this is very sad what ever all of you here
      would like to help My wife and I are in this is very sad and heartbreking.

  7. April 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I’m so saddened by hachiko’s news. Please let us know what we can do. @marabout40, if you see this, please keep tweeting. We want to help where we can.

  8. 13 sherijr
    April 4, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    holy heck, am suddenly getting mucho tweets to help out in any way possible – when we hear from her.. ya’ll let her know we’ve got her back, one way or the other,. woohoo! :)

    • April 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      Ummm, I’m praying for Hachiko, and I lit a candle for her as well. I’m so terribly sorry to hear this. Lord Jesus please send her Angels to help her, I pray In your precious name, Amen

    • 15 utaustinliberal
      April 4, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      No problem Sherijr. I also sent her a tweet letting her know that we at TOD are there for her and want to help however we can.

  9. April 4, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    This just broke my heart. What can we do? I really want to help.

    Damn this thing.

  10. April 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Do we know if she has a place tonight! Whatever you get set up let me know.

  11. 30 StylishGurl
    April 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    OMG… I just read this!!! How can out of the country folks help?

  12. 31 taiping1
    April 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Will be happy to contribute: just post how and I’m in. We take care of our own

  13. 34 Liberal Librarian
    April 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I don’t know Hachiko well, but this situation has me heartbroken. If we do a PayPal collection, I’m in.

  14. 35 hopefruit2
    April 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    My heart goes out to Marabout! I hope she’s able to get her phone recharged somehow. I wonder if she has a PayPal (or such) account. I know on Old Orange when folks have been met with hard times, fellow bloggers offer to pitch in with contributions via PayPal.

  15. 36 proudofobama
    April 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    My heart aches for her. I hope she reaches us soon so we can help. Ready to pitch in. How can people be so heartless? As he President says we are a nation that helps each other. Sick over this.

  16. 37 0388jojothecat
    April 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Can someone setup a paypal acct for her or in her name? I would if I knew how. I will be willing to send some money…only for the grace of GOD go I.

  17. 40 symmetry11
    April 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I am not familiar with PayPal. I have never used it, but is there a way for us to start an account for her to start making donations??

    • 41 sherijr
      April 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      I have used paypal to get money to my sons.. but I don’t know how to set up an acct for someone else.. it can take up to 5 days though for her to receive the money if she doesn’t already have an acct… I’m hoping she already has one.

    • April 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Yes, if she has a bank account. Anyone can send her money once that is set up..but I think there is a bit of a delay.

    • April 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      We may have to do Western Union.

      • April 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm

        It is $5 to send $50 dollars/$12 to send $100. We have to do Western Union individually. An idea is to send funds to get her and Tucker through the night, then set up a paypal or ing account to help for the next few days.

      • 45 Mel
        April 4, 2012 at 10:06 pm

        Can it be faster if we can use our credit cards? how about a trust fund for her by somebody that
        can be trusted or tru any bank of her choise under her name.

  18. 47 sherijr
    April 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    chips I think if you set up a fund (if you’re able), whenever we hear from her.. there are many who will contribute.

    • April 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      I honestly haven’t a clue how to do that sherijr, does anyone else?

      • 49 sherijr
        April 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm

        I don’t know.

        • 50 Mel
          April 4, 2012 at 10:10 pm

          Any attorneys her? for advice LL is very smart maybe he can come out with something
          we need some kind of legal help here to do the right thing for her and it needs to be done
          PRONTO.

      • 51 sherijr
        April 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm

        when my son set up a paypal acct, I was able to send money via my account right away.. but the first time it took 5 days for him to receive the money. But if she already has an acct, it will be quicker. Us setting up a new acct to hold money for her, may also delay things, I wish I knew more, hopefully others here know better. ??

    • 52 LunarSea
      April 4, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      wild speculation accomplishes little. I’m not good at that kind of stuff. There are many good offers on the table here. Once contact is made and she is safe and warm, then a serious plan can be hatched. The main thing is that she learn there is a place for her ‘family’ to at least spend the night that’s not to far from where she is. And if she doesn’t have a means to get there, there is also an offer to pick her up.

      That is the immediate issue that needs to be addressed. Must say I’m very moved by everyone’s expressions of compassion and caring. I’m sure it will mean the world to her.

      Tomorrow will be better. Just have to get them through the night

  19. April 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Chips, I’m on the road but I will stop at every truckstop heading west so when you get to how we can help I’M ALL IN .Just let me know 4 MORE FOR 44 AND PRESSON

  20. April 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I want to make sure you add me to the list of those who will help..I know how much she loves Tucker and until he is safe and settled she will not be either. We need someone to step up and organize this effort. My heart is breaking thinking of the two of them on street w/out even a working phone.
    @capecodgurl

    • 56 sherijr
      April 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      you’re on the list :) you were first to offer~

      • 57 StylishGurl
        April 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm

        Please add me as well, I’m out of the country but we will figure out a way.

      • April 4, 2012 at 8:41 pm

        Sherijr, ,Here is a idea when you hear from@marabout40 tell to let you where the closest motel is to here get the name and maybe we can arrange in some way to get a roof over her head for tonight.Because I will call the motel chain and pay for a night by card if I can.

        • 59 sherijr
          April 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm

          yes, I did tweet her earlier to tell her that.. but by then (my slow brain) she’d already gone off- battery on her phone died. But yes as soon as one of us hears from her, we can easily put her up in a hotel by calling in w/ credit card, I so wish I’d thought of it before she went off line.

          • April 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

            Sherijr, not to worry we all are busy trying to help everything is just happening so fast.also I’m @ALLSEAN on twitter. Heading to Flagstaff,AZ then further west just put it out in TOD Family site will check -in about 2 hours hang in there we will be Praying and Driving.YES WE CAN GIVE A HELPING HAND.

      • April 5, 2012 at 12:42 am

        Count me in for financial support for Marabout40, sherijr. She and I were going back and forth on Twitter a few days ago. Didn’t know she was in trouble. Hope she’s okay at least tonight

  21. 62 Renegade522/AuntSis
    April 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I am more than willing to help as well. Please keep her status posted. I am praying that she gets in contact with us soon. Thanks chips and sherij – Auntsis/AnotherSignUp1(twitter). I just ran out of ideas with my twitter name. :)

  22. April 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    We need to get networking going. Do any one know someone in New york!

  23. 64 Betsy
    April 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I am soo worried about her. Has anyone heard anything? It’s been a long time, over 4 hours since we’ve hear from her. As I said, I am really worried.

    • 65 hopefruit2
      April 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Actually she last posted around 7PM (approx 1.5 hrs ago) when she said that her phone was about to die.

      • 66 Betsy
        April 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm

        Oh, the time difference, (I’m in CA). I don’t think anyone’s heard from here since then.. Hard to be in NY with nowhere to go.

  24. April 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Still no one heard anything? My hear is so heavy now.

  25. April 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Just reading and so sorry to hear about one of our family members. I have not checked yet, but I think you can do Western Union online. She can pick up the check at any Western Union agency.

    I have to leave now. If anyone can check for me, please do.

    Keeping Hachiko in our prayers!

    • 69 sherijr
      April 4, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      thats true too, I’ve wired money to my son via western union.. just about any store- and we can even find the store closest to her at the western union.. so thats a great idea :)

  26. 70 sherijr
    April 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    theres a person on Twitter who says he/she is local – NY and would be willing to help w/ Tucker too.

  27. 72 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    April 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    So sorry to hear this. Hope she can get her phone charged. If there is a paypal collection I’ll contribute.

  28. 73 joybarbados
    April 4, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    This is so painful. Not sure how pay pal works, but can Western Union work? There are charges but at least it is immediate and they are everywhere.

    • 74 LunarSea
      April 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      Western Union is the quickest surest way, but where I am there won’t be anything open within 50 miles until tomorrow.

  29. 79 Wanda N VA 4 Obama
    April 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I’m willing to help as well. Please add me to the list. I can send funds via Paypal.

  30. 80 LunarSea
    April 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I’m seeing lots of pet friendly motels in the area, but don’t know where she is to even begin and try to set something up, or if she would even have the funds for a cab to get there. If we had a target we could call and set something up. So we wait and send a circle of light, love and guidance that she will be okay and in touch

    • 81 miss pat
      April 4, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      I left my contact info with Chipsticks I am not far from her. Hop she can come to me then we all can figure out something tomorrow.

      • 82 LunarSea
        April 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm

        that is great news. {{{miss pat}}} Thank you! Hopefully she will get the info before the night drags on. Thanks so much.

  31. 83 Notjustjazz
    April 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I’m long term unemployed & don’t have a of lot money right now. But, I’ll do my best to chip in as much as I can to help.

    • April 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Me also sister long term. i can help out

    • 86 geeja
      April 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      I just went back to work after 2 years plus two weeks unemloyment. It is only a part time job and as long as nothing major happens I may squeak by. if i can helo in any other way than monetary please let me know. I made more money on unemployment than I do employed. Please try the USAjobs.gov website which is about the only one that will give us older workers a fair shot.

  32. 87 daiseymay1
    April 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Let me know how to give $$. Also how to help with Tucker. I live in FL so help will need to be $$.

  33. April 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Also everybody when we star to help do not put it out on twitter because there are always crooks trying to take a free ride. the person who knows her the most get a private number to talk to her and get the info needed to help .also setup a code for just the TOD family to use to help.We want to safe guard us all.And most of all get the help to her times are dark we must be the light.

  34. April 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    This is very sad. I wish had room for her but I can donate some money.

    I don’t think we can set up an account for her but I think money can be wired from a PayPal account to Moneygram or Western Union where she can pick up the money at one of their locations. I THINK.

  35. 92 sherijr
    April 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    You all are so amazing.. Norbrook has now also posted marabout’s story on her blog via a link to Chips story here. This is why I love the internet and still love human beings :)

  36. 93 Dia
    April 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Western Union or Money Gram may just be the easiest way. I send money to my folks overseas and the in the US all the time and never had a problem. Please count me in!!. Money Gram is at Walmart and Western Union at most supermarkets. She will need an ID to pick up her cash. Count me IN. Thx

  37. 95 Tally
    April 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    She may already have a pay pal account……. pretty much everyone who has ever done anything on ebay, has one.

  38. 96 0388jojothecat
    April 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    When she gets in touch with folks here, ask if there’s someone she trusts where we can send money orders or checks to a mailing address.

  39. 97 amk for obama
    April 4, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Chips, when you find a way to help her, count me in.

    In the interim, does she have friends/family nearby ?

    • April 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks amk. Symmetry knows Hachikō best and says she has no family in New York, her son is in another state (I forget which one now). I just wish she knew how many people want to help, hoping she gets back on Twitter soon.

      • 99 jacquelineoboomer
        April 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

        That would be even sadder, if she is feeling lost and alone, not knowing everyone is standing by – but eventually she’ll know. Hope it’s tonight.

      • April 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm

        Oh, no, what a terrible thing to happen to her. For some reason I thought she moved to NY to be with family? I hope she checks in soon and has someone close she can turn to for shelter.

      • April 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm

        I thought she was going to NY to live with a family member. I must have not remembered correctly, but I thought that’s why she was going to NY—-from Fl.(?) I remember everyone helping her along the way that time and anxiously awaiting news of her safe arrival.

        • April 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm

          As far as I know Dotster her only immediate family “up north”, as she put it when she left Florida, is her son, who Symmetry told us in the University of Conn. I don’t know who she has in NYC itself, just hoping she’s headed to a friend who will put her and Tucker up tonight.

          • April 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm

            Hope so too. Sounded really bleak—-her tweet which said she was sitting on a fire hydrant outside her building. There are so many—-people and agencies—-willing to help—–it’s just getting her in contact in an emergency situation. And you’re right —-she did seem most concerned about her dog, and I’m assuming she doesn’t want to be separated from him —-so doesn’t want to leave him at a shelter. I’m hoping she has someone she can call there who would allow her and Tucker to stay a couple of days at least—until she has a chance to make other arrangements.

            • 104 miss pat
              April 4, 2012 at 11:04 pm

              if she gets in touch tell her to email me her address please, my info is alo on her cell phone email from chips.

          • April 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm

            that was the problem..she had no way to head anywhere..public transportation doesn’t allow dogs..it’d be tough to even get a cab w/a dog tucker’s size. She has her stuff & the dog..so getting anyway or in anywhere was challenging her & the few ppl on twitter at the time..then her phone started to die..she had no plan when it died. She asked for all our prayers tonight for her and Tucker..

      • 106 amk for obama
        April 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm

        Just e-mail me or better yet, put up a new thread when you have the info.

  40. 107 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    April 4, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    THE STORIES FROM THE HOMELESS LAY HEAVY ON MY HEART. NEXT WEEK WE ARE HOLDING A FREE CLINIC IN INDIANAPOLIS AND EXPECT A THOUSAND OR MORE IN JUST ONE DAY…IT IS OVERWHELMING AND THE FUNDING TO AID IS BEING CUT IN SO MANY PLACES.

    • 108 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      April 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      IN NEW YORK CITY ALONE…THE LAST HOMELESS FIGURE I HEARD WAS 40,000 FAMILIES NOW HOMELESS. IT’S HEARTWRENCHING!

  41. 109 Tally
    April 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Sorry to change the subject – but good news should be shared:

    Former New Orleans officers sentenced in Katrina shootings

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-katrina-police-shootings-20120404,0,7966631.story

    • 110 hopefruit2
      April 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Yes thanks for sharing – it’s good news and glad to see justice being served. :)

    • 111 LunarSea
      April 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      well that didn’t take them long….oh wait….

      Didn’t mean to rain on the parade. It’s good to hear for sure.

  42. April 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I would like to help as well, please keep us informed if u can.

  43. 113 lisalovesobama
    April 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    the only thing I can think of is PayPal. it’s the most secure way send money over the interwebs unless we send it via Western Union, but for WU, we need her full name and the address she has listed on her drivers license. For WU, to send money, you can go in person, it doesn’t need to be an actual western union you got to, when I sent money last time, I went to my neighborhood publix. If you want to find a location, you just go to westernunion.com. You may have to pay a fee though, but the money is wired immediately. The reason I float WU is because paypal might get a bit complicated because she would need an account and we aren’t even sure if she has one.

  44. 114 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Count me in, always willing to share with a family member in need.

  45. 115 LunarSea
    April 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    okay this is somewhat of an aside, but there is an exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art that I had planned to go to this weekend. It’s called “Are you my friend?” The artist travelled around the world meeting people she befriended on the internet and taking pictures along the way.

    What is happening here tonite made me think of it. Facinating how the world has become smaller. Here’s the link to the exhibit.

    http://www.portlandmuseum.org/Content/6522.shtml#

  46. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    April 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Oh, I’m so sorry to hear this. Hopefully, she’ll let everyone know soon how she’s doing.

  47. 117 LDS
    April 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Live in New York…… I would like to help, also. Chips, you have my e-mail. How can I help?

    • April 4, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      You’re the best LDS, in the hope that she can get to her email tonight I’ve sent Hachikō contact info of people who have offered to help, I can send on any info you want. It might be more likely, if she gets her phone charged, that she’ll get to Twitter before email, so I can DM her there. Just praying we’ll hear from her soon.

  48. April 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    This is truly a TOD family. I’m glad to be part of this experience. I’ll do my part to help too.

  49. 125 joanshaw
    April 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    If hachikō has a checking account, wire transfer would be quick and I’m sure she needs something quickly. Please let me know. She and her pet can’t spend the night on the street! I won’t sleep tonight until I hear she’s got a place for her pet and her to stay.

    • 127 sherijr
      April 4, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      me \either joan, up for the duration.. whatever it takes.

      • 128 joanshaw
        April 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

        Melanie just suggested that she might be able to charge her phone at a library — if there are any open, that is. I keep forgetting how much later it is on the east coast than it is here. She could also use a public computer in the library. There might be libraries open late for people who work all day, part time students. I wonder if there are any cafes with computers — what are they called? Wiifi cafes?

  50. 131 sherijr
    April 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    This person : @ilovemytroops tweeted to say that she could get a text to marabout.. I let her know that chips set this post up and that we have $$ and a hotel room for marabout as soon as we hear from her..

    • 132 sherijr
      April 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      okay @ilovemytroops tweeted back that she texted marabout w/ no response.. meaning phone not charged still, and is concerned that theres no place for her to charge it.

      • 133 symmetry11
        April 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm

        That is my worry as well.

        • 134 sherijr
          April 4, 2012 at 9:25 pm

          I agree.. before she went off though I was able to tell her about LunarSea’s generous offer and to also give her my email and told her that no matter what she wasn’t asking, I was offering- so to not hesitate to let me know what I could do.. her big concern was Tucker.. but she knows that LunarSea’s offer was for Tucker and I told her I’d help her get there- to Maine. So she knows that help is here and I really believe that as soon as she’s able she will contact us. I’m just kicking myself for not thinking of offering the hotel room until she was offline.. I just wasn’t thinking.

          • 135 symmetry11
            April 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

            I sent her a DM and was going to offer hotel for the night, but she did not get it before she signed off. I will keep checking her FB page also. I lost all my contacts in my phone & when they were retrieved hers wasn’t there anymore. I feel horrible.

          • 136 LunarSea
            April 4, 2012 at 9:43 pm

            To be clear, the offer was for both, either, or. :lol:

            The job market in Maine sucks, even in boom times, and I know this is her main concern, but this is one of those places where you can clear your head and rejuvenate. Take stock and evaluate. So when the time is right you can start fresh.

            Sometimes the answers are there but we are so in the middle of it all, just fighting to survive, that we can’t see the path. Sometime we just need the time to peel away the worry, anxiety, fear and doubt. What’s left is a clear way forward.

            She has been through a lot and no doubt is weary of the battle. So while I offer a roof, what I’m offering is a respite.

            (hope this makes sense)

            • April 4, 2012 at 9:49 pm

              It really does. I hope when she’s ready we can also help her find a job using whatever resources and connections any of us might have in her chosen field. Not having work is so debilitating.

            • 138 sherijr
              April 4, 2012 at 10:10 pm

              my mistake in typing.. I meant to write that your offer was for both she & Tucker.. I did get that across to her in the tweet and her response was how to get there- to your place.. then she went off line. I did tweet that I’d help (there was no we at that time yet). I think your offer is the greatest possible offer LunarSea- its thoughtful and generous.. and very kind.

        • 140 prettyfoot58
          April 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm

          she could charge it in a train station …airport….bus depot…

    • April 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Btw- that is very nice of you. Hope she can get to a public library, to use Internet, maybe see what you all are writing here?

  51. 143 Dakota
    April 4, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    This is breaking my heart. Please add my name to the list. I’ll do whatever I can.

  52. April 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Does anyone have any idea which part of New York? Getting to safe help is important. Praying for her.

  53. 149 sherijr
    April 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    two other possible options that were just tweeted @giveforward and @indiegogo both “crowd funding” sites. I haven’t checked them yet though.

  54. 150 sherijr
    April 4, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I wish we’d known her circumstances before it got to this point for her.. I know how truly hard it is to ask for help- I have been there more often than I care to think about.. but if anyone else here is in jeopardy of being homeless soon.. I personally hope you let us know somehow.. so we (I) can help stem that tide from coming. please.

  55. April 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I don’t know Hachiko, but I’m willing to help however I can. This is such devastating news.

  56. 153 mtmarilyn
    April 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I am also one who wants to help. For now it is prayers. As soon as we know what to do I will chip in. This is one I can help. My heart bleeds for her.

  57. 154 sherijr
    April 4, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    @ilovemytroops – her name is Tamra just tweeted to say that she’s emailing marabout and giving her the link here.. she says haichiko is really good about answering emails right away.

  58. 155 ruemara
    April 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Let me know. I’m maybe a few months from the same situation here in CA, but I have a job. It doesn’t pay much and hasn’t been enough to get me back to earning a decent wage (12 years since I’ve seen $20k in earnings) but I don’t fail to be thankful that at least I can help people until…whatever happens happens. Not one family member has stepped up to help me through illness (except Barack Obama and the ACA, thank you) but I’ve had friends at least be there for me. No one should feel the desperation of homelessness and poverty. It’s simply not ok and it’s also not ok to look away. Even if it’s a few bucks, I will kick in.

    • 156 sherijr
      April 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      wow ruemara I’m so sorry~ thank you and hang in there please.. you are so right, it is not ok to look away.

    • 157 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      That’s so sweet, ruemara.

      I experienced homelessness and evictions in my childhood, so my heart is really going out to hachiko right now. I truly understand what she is going through.

      Sending loving vibes to all my TOD Family. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  59. 158 GGail
    April 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Bless you Chipsticks and my TOD family.

    My heart is breaking for marabout, but I’m sending up prayers that she is able to get online/charged soon so she can see that help is here waiting for her.

    God bless you one and all !

    Please count me in too. If she can supply someone she trusts with her information, Western Union or Moneygram can be picked up at various locations like Walmart, CVS, Publix, etc.

    Hachiko – please contact Chipsticks, Sheriji or Symmetry soon.

  60. 159 donna dem 4 obama
    April 4, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    This is heartbreaking. Please let us know what can be done. I’ll chip in what I can.

  61. 160 collegekay
    April 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    This is terrible. I am praying for Hachiko. Hopefully a PayPal can be set up.

  62. 161 cherylm1937
    April 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Everybody…champion lurker here…but I follow TOD and re-tweet many folks here religiously…lol. After hearing about Hachiko, I knew I could lurk no more. I want to help. How can I?

  63. 163 ChristiMTL
    April 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I didn’t expect this, I was so happy to be back here after a couple of weeks . I was sick as a dog, got the flu, high fever, sinus infection and I have been having crazy problems with my connection, so much work to catch up as well. I was reading and reading what I missed.

    Well first I missed you guys and Chips!

    And than…this……..SIGH……my heart just sank.

    Poor Marabout :(

    I can’t do Paypall as I had problems with it years ago…..

    But I was thinking….what can I do to help….I feel so helpless here in Canada….I wish I lived closer.

    I was thinking of something….from what I can see there’s a room for her in an hotel ready (can’t wait to hear some news)….I could pay for a night as welll…I would call the hotel and give my credit card number . I can’t think of anything else that I can do.

    I feel so helpless…I hope she will accept LunarSea generous offer.

    TIme to get on her feet……sigh…..I’m very worry at the moment.

  64. April 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    To all the TOD FAMILY we really are all the product of Our slogan in its utmost CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN.Our President has brought out all the Good Angels in us.As He Always says WE ARE OUR BROTHERS KEEPER AND OUR SISTER KEEPER.I didn’t like WAR but to keep us whole as a nation and Keep this President in Office to finish what he started I will fight on and on.Just got pulled over for having a light out in the back of the RIG so while he write had to check-in with the TOD FAMILY .Everything is going to be alright just PRESSON AND YES WE CAN DO IT AGAIN AND HELP ON THE WAY ALONG.

  65. 184 theo67
    April 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I’m just checking in since this morning. So sad to hear this. Please sign me up to help, as well.

  66. April 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Goodness. I am so sorry Hachiko/Marabout 40. Damn, the shit people are going through now. Now, I’m a 23 year old recent grad who doesn’t have much to support myself on, but if there is anything I can do to help, you’ve got it, you hear?

  67. 187 djshay
    April 4, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I don’t comment here a lot, I’m usually on twitter – @djshay12 – But I saw this and had to comment. I was evicted last September. I was lucky enough to have a VERY good friend that gave me a place to stay and food at a time when I was only able to eat once every 3 days or so. It was a very dark and lonely time. I eventually got a job and was able to get an apartment right across the street from my job as I had no automobile. I want to pay it forward. Just give me the details, and I can send money to help her. She’s one of my very favorite people on twitter, so let’s see what we can do!

    • 188 sherijr
      April 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      I’m so glad your doing better djshay, how good of you to reach out to marabout also.

    • 189 LunarSea
      April 4, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      “I want to pay it forward.” I just finished posting the equivalent thought upthread. It’s important to do.

  68. 190 jackiegrumbacher
    April 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    The thought of marabout wandering about alone with her dog in Astoria Queens makes me sick. Please put me down as willing to help. She needs immediate shelter that’s safe and she really needs a long term solution. I wish I knew more about the resources available in New York. Applying for welfare is nothing to be ashamed of when she has no other choice. Even PBO’s mother needed government assistance when he was a baby. I hope she can get some longer term relief from welfare so that she can at least regroup and figure out what to do next. But right now she has to get off the streets. She must be so terribly frightened.

  69. 191 sherijr
    April 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I would like to pass this on too… Marabout/Haichiko did not ask for help for herself, only requested help for Tucker her dog.. and a job. Thats what I hope/wish we could really help her w/ additionally is a dang job. Her friend Tamra says she’s “too talented” to not have been hired already.

    • 192 LunarSea
      April 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      what is her field/talents/expertise?

      • 193 symmetry11
        April 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm

        Her last job was with Lockheed Martin as a Process Engineer. Not sure what that entails.

        • 194 LunarSea
          April 4, 2012 at 11:01 pm

          I had to look it up and am duly impressed. NYC doesn’t seem the place where those type of jobs would materialize tho. No wonder she’s having a hard time finding something there. Father in Law in Ct used to do something similar until very recently, will put out feelers tomorrow.

        • April 4, 2012 at 11:18 pm

          Maybe, she (or anyone else) can find a job through @USAgov:

          http://www.usa.gov/

          Presidential Appointments – Application (Apply for a Job)… https://app2.whitehouse.gov/ppo/

          How ironic, there’s this:

          Watch and Engage: White House Forum on Women and the Economy

          Today, more than ever before, women are a driving force behind the success of the American economy. Expanding economic opportunities for women and ending discriminatory practices is critical to building an economy that restores security for middle class families, one where hard work and responsibility are rewarded, and where everyone who wants to can find a good job.

          This Friday, April 6th, the White House Council on Women and Girls is hosting a Forum on Women and the Economy. President Obama will deliver remarks at the Forum to highlight ways the Administration has helped create economic security for women and recognizes that women are key to economic growth and competitiveness….

          http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/04/04/watch-and-engage-white-house-forum-women-and-economy

          YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
          PRESS ON!

          • 196 miss pat
            April 4, 2012 at 11:40 pm

            Thanks for posting this. I know that Hachiko had applied for a job with the Obama campaign and was waiting on a second interview. I also know that she is very talented and thought she had found something.

            • April 5, 2012 at 1:10 am

              You’re very welcome…

              Too bad, she didn’t get it, and she felt she couldn’t confined in anyone about her ongoing’, jobless situation.

              Like you, others were unaware of her dire situation.

              Of course, that has to be remedied, ASAP.

            • 198 miss pat
              April 5, 2012 at 7:24 am

              Still no word from her and it’s seven fifteen in NY. I researched while I was waiting. Maryland seems to be where the jobs are for people with her qualifications. I wrote down two websites. If anyone here is from that area maybe that’s where she belongs. Near somewhere that makes planes.

    • 199 joanshaw
      April 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      I read her resume, sheri, and her friend Tamara’s remark that she’s too talented not to have been hired already is certainly true. Her accomplishments are so impressive, I thought since then — months — that she’d been working all this time.

      Melanie who knows people, mostly young men, who’ve been in this fix, said that Haichiko wouldn’t sleep on a park bench, she’d probably walk all night. Walk all night??!! Well, yes, she said. It’s safest, especially if he has a dog with her.

      Good grief. Haichiko, call us, please.

      • 200 miss pat
        April 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        Now I am thinking to go look for her. If anyone here hears from her tell her to check her email and come to me. She and I were becoming friends and I thought she was working since she stopped emailing. Just thought she was busy.

      • 202 sherijr
        April 5, 2012 at 12:10 am

        I didn’t know about her resume, I did know she was very smart and capable.. and that her son had won a scholarship and was a super bright student.. I so hope she isn’t walking all night, I feel so awful for her.

  70. 203 joyce
    April 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I’m tearing up just thinking of all she has been going through. Lord please help one of your children, and others like her, at this time in her life. Please send her angles (which many are here) to give her the aid and comfort she needs. Give her the resources to take care and protect her from the elements. We love her love as we do ourselves. In Jesus’ name Amen.

  71. April 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Hopefully, we’ll hear from Hachiko soon.and I’m hoping and praying that we’ll know where we can send $$$. I’m about to sign off now, but please know that I’m willing to help, even If It’s much later on, or In the morning, whenever, I’m In. Take care everybody, and I’m so sure, we all will be praying for Hachiko In the meanwhile. Later~~~~~

  72. 206 #1 obama fan
    April 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    My heart truly goes out to Haichiko..please God help her and her puppy dog..Heaven help us all :0(

  73. 207 trinisamba
    April 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Hi Folks, I do not comment very often but I am truly sorry to hear this but it is indeed a sign of the times. You would have to be careful when sending money via Western Union or the likes, as too many individual payments going to one person may raise a red flag on their system as possible Money Laundering. You would therefore have to find a more efficient means as this is the last thing she would need.

    • 208 GGail
      April 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      That’s a good thought trinisamba. We will keep brainstorming……a solution will present itself.

      Thanks for bringing that to our attention.

    • 209 joanshaw
      April 4, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      I truly don’t trust Western Union. I’ve used it to send money to my oldest son, and he never got it until a week later.

    • April 4, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Someone can take leadership & set up a bank acct for her..I dont know how this is done..but someone did it to buy flowers for someone else on Twitter who suffered a family loss. We all contributed to it easily.

  74. 211 Victor Shelton
    April 4, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I’m @cantdance2it – Let me know how to help. I’m unemployed as well but my benefits are still coming in and the direct deposit hits on Friday.

  75. April 4, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I will be checking in to see what I can do to help.

  76. 219 SueBee
    April 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I am currently unemployed, but I am willing to help as much as I can. Please keep me posted, on here or via DM on twitter @phattyf. It’s true though, long term unemployment is a curse, I have 3 college degrees and still no job…

  77. 220 Pamela
    April 4, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Reading all this loving concern for hachiko, I am deeply moved and ready to do my part to help. What I am witnessing looks like true World Service, many of us unknown to each other, but recognizing need, and the willingness to offer relief. God is watching, and smiling. Many blessings to all.

  78. 221 geeja
    April 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    God Bless the TOD family! Good night all!

  79. 222 Pamela
    April 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    If hachiko does have a bank account, perhaps we could each go to a local branch and just fill out a deposit slip, making a cash or check deposit; if it is possible to get an name and an account number, it’s not as if anyone would be able to make a withdrawal, as that would require ID. just a thought, but it might work, if it is one of the national banking chains. Whatever we can do, she should not have to pay taxes on it, as it is all gift, not earnings.

  80. 226 GGail
    April 4, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Chipsticks, I must sign off now, but I will be checking here first thing in the west coast morning for updated information.

    God bless you Chipsticks and everyone here at TOD.

    WE ARE FAMILY!

  81. 227 LDS
    April 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I am so proud of everyone here. This is who we are. This is what America is all about. We pitch in when someone we love needs help. Even if we have never met. This is what POB has been saying since day one. But for the grace of God, it could be us or a family member. We will never know all the hurt that people are feeling because of this greed, hate and inequality that have poisoned the minds and hearts caused by manipulation of the elite.
    Thank you, Chips for being here. I am so filled with love and gratitude knowing that we have a President who is not afraid to stand up to this evil.

    I am praying all night for Haichiko and her beloved friend, companion. I will be up early to do whatever I can and make as many contacts necessary in Astoria, Queens. I live in Harlem which is quite a trip from where she is, but I must do whatever I can because there is a need.

    God, bless her right now and keep her safe in your hands. Send angels to minister to her and give her peace of mind in knowing that help is on the way. Hold on, my dear. Hold on. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  82. 229 kckitty
    April 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I would LOVE to help her out, so let me know where to send money.

  83. 230 Diamond21
    April 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I know how Hachiko feels. My unemployment will end April 7 and I don’t know what I’ll do. It’s hard to find employment with multiple degrees. It’s so depressing and lonely……just needed to vent.

    • 231 forus50
      April 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Hi Diamond21,
      So sorry to hear. If the offchance you have a finance degree and live in Chicago I might have something available. If so, perhaps you could let Chips know to forward your email address so I could contact you privately .

    • 232 miss pat
      April 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      tomorrow get my email from Chips. I will forward links to you as soon as I see them if you live in NY area

    • 233 sherijr
      April 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      if we can help in way, please say so.. do not go homeless please, meaning do ask- I will help anyway possible.

    • 236 desertflower
      April 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Many are still in this place. My family, too.Been fighting for so long. It’s so hard to be afraid and exhausted all the time. We will all do what we can for her…I am a believer in paying it forward. I don’t have much, because we are so close to being where she is….even WITH multiple degrees and great work experience. but when the bank tells you to miss three house payments before they will talk to you about modification…credit scores of millions are keeping them from work. Especially in the financial industry….which is where my husband used to work and has all his knowledge. I have a roof, right now anyway…so my only thoughts at this moment are for Hachiko and Tucker.This hit too close to home for me…been sobbing since this was posted here.Too many good people too close to the edge.
      Grateful for this home that Chips has made for all of us….together we will make this right for her….make her safe and whole again. She is in my thoughts.

      • 237 LunarSea
        April 5, 2012 at 12:00 am

        You have been having a tough time for a while now. I can’t imagine the anxiety you are feeling.

        As far as the mortgage refinancing, what they don’t tell you, when they say you must miss 3 pymts first, is to save those 3 pymts on the side. They will expect you to bring the debt forward -sometimes at the modified rate- but most people don’t have the money at that point because they’ve used it to live on in the meantime and the whole deal blows up in your face.

        Contact you Community Legal Service in Tuscon (602) 682-3410 or fmc@clsaz.org and ask about their Foreclosure Law Project -Keep the faith

        • 238 desertflower
          April 5, 2012 at 12:23 am

          I will do that:) I am trying to work with the AZ Housing Authority now…they took money from the Feds and decided to use that to help unemployed/underemployed people and make their house payments for up to 2 years while they look for work. The counselor called me the other day and told me that “they crunched the numbers” and it didn’t look like we’d be eligible for help! REALLY!!!! For crying out loud, we’re the POSTER CHILD for this! Crunch numbers?? This is my family they’re talking about, not some actuarial game! Make you jump through all the hoops, stack of paperwork,hardship letter…whole nine yards.I’m not done with them yet.
          Thanks for the info. I fight on another day.Too old for this shit.

      • April 5, 2012 at 1:08 am

        Hey df,

        I hope, in some way, this information will help you and your family:

        We Can’t Wait: Recent Executive Actions to Support the Housing Market and Help Struggling American Homeowners… http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/24/we-cant-wait-recent-executive-actions-support-housing-market-and-help-struggling-ame

        We Can’t Wait To Help Homeowners Refinance Their Mortgages… http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/24/we-cant-wait-help-homeowners-refinance-their-mortgages

        From One Homeowner to Another: “Help is Out There.”… http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/14/one-homeowner-another-help-out-there

        Reining in Predatory Lenders with a Consumer Watchdog… http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/04/reining-predatory-lenders-consumer-watchdog

        Hang in there, it’ll get better, home and all! (((df)))

        YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
        PRESS ON!

        • April 5, 2012 at 2:40 am

          Desertflower: You keep strong as possible, okay. Please do not give up. I pray for you and hubby to get your blessings. Cry, do what your heart has to do, but just Do Not Give Up. You all have so many people who are praying and sending good energy to come into your space. We all are going to get through all of this mess.

          We have each other to lift up in our own way. ((((((((((((((((((( DF Keep Looking Upward for Your Blessings))))))))))))))))) I love you back, DF. Let what joy that you can come into your space When you Can. Take what you need and when you Need It. Tears may flow, but they will Not last forever. (((((HZ)))))

    • 245 theo67
      April 5, 2012 at 12:15 am

      Hang in there – the market is opening up more and more. :)

  84. 246 sherijr
    April 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    about paying it forward.. many years ago when my two sons were in grade school I got laid off w/o notice two weeks before
    Christmas.. one day I had a job, the next I didn’t. I was terrified.. and so a few weeks later while applying for a job at a place called Livermore Labs in CA.. the woman who interviewed me was very kind.. and though I didn’t get the job- that lovely woman showed up at my door w/ her husband and bags full of groceries for myself and my two sons- she saved me. And though I live on disability now- and was saved by my mom 6 yrs ago from losing my home.. I’m in better shape this month than usual. Its my time to pay forward too. I’ve been helped more than once in my life.

    • April 4, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Wow. Glad you were able to get the help you needed.

    • 251 LunarSea
      April 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Wow that really hurts. So glad things worked out. Sounds like that interviewer was an angel in disguise. And therein lies the true meaning of Christmas.

      • 252 sherijr
        April 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm

        indeed she was… I could not believe the kindness from a near stranger.. and have never forgotten. To add to that story, a few days later all the guys I had worked with had taken up a collection of money and brought it over to me.. something like $50… mind you this was 20 yrs ago, and it helped.. it warmed me- and kept some of the fear at bay.

    • 253 desertflower
      April 4, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      You are an angel:)

    • 254 miss pat
      April 4, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      I got very sick in 81 with polymyositis. My coworkers chipped in that christmas and bought gifts for my kids 11 and 5. For the year I was out they took care of my needs. I will never forget that. People helping prople is what this world should be about. I thank God everday that I have good health despite the flareups. God will make a way for Hachiko; he made a way for me.

      • 255 sherijr
        April 4, 2012 at 11:39 pm

        wow thats really huge.. it is amazing how people can come together. When the big earthquake hit in CA about 20 years ago.. people were everywhere helping one another.. no strings, just good hearted care for one another.

  85. April 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    She’s incredibly smart and I’m trying not to worry about her. I can help some too if there is a fund set up somewhere. @ExtremeLiberal

  86. 257 sherijr
    April 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Tamra tweeted to say she’s not heard anything yet from Hachiko.

    • 258 joanshaw
      April 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Maybe the best happened and she found a bed with a friend.

      I’ve been hoping. It’s quarter to eleven right now in Queens

  87. April 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Good night, Famliy! Let me know when it is time to help. I tweeted @JeffersonObama and he wants to help. Just tweet him if he doesn’t make it over tonight. Love ya! Marabout, we are here to help for you and Tucker. I am so proud to be part of the family!

  88. 260 pinkbunny92
    April 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I am SO worried about hachiko I just tried to call her….

    I sent her money in the past, and just last week, but I don’t think it’s enough…

    I’m really hoping she will have found a friend to stay with…..

    • 261 miss pat
      April 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Pinkbunny I am going to ask you to email chipsticks and get my address and when you do get through to her tell her to come to me. If she cant tell her to email me her address and I will go get her.

      • 262 pinkbunny92
        April 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm

        Hi Miss Pat – I will do so!! I’ll send her text message & DM via twitter

        • 263 miss pat
          April 5, 2012 at 7:28 am

          Good morning. Still no sign of her in my e-mail. I researched and Maryland seems to be the best place for her for people with her qualifications. So if anyone on here is near that area and can assist that would be good. Anywhere planes are being made would be a good area for her.

    • 264 sherijr
      April 4, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      pinkbunny please let her know when/if you get through to her, we are wanting to help and ready to do so immediately.

  89. April 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    This blog is a good example. If you are in a crisis situation, all you have to do is ask for help.
    And look at all the people trying to help.
    But for the grace of God, their go I.

  90. 266 Renegade522/AuntSis
    April 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Me too. I know I have been blessed and I need to ‘pay my way’ forward. Prayers for Marabout40 & Tucker to have a restful and peaceful night.

  91. April 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Hi everyone, I’ve been holding on in the hope that we’d hear from Hachikō but I have to go now, I’ve an early start in the morning with work – and I’ve never felt so blessed to have a job as I do tonight.

    Please, if Hachikō makes contact tonight, either on Twitter, by email with anyone or on the blog, ask her to check her email and Twitter direct messages for contact details of those offering to help.

    If you’re out there Hachikō, please know how much you’re loved.

    I’m just hoping she and Tucker are staying with a friend, and she’s so worn out from the day she’s getting some much needed rest.

    You’re all amazing people, you breathe life in to ‘I am my brother’s keeper’. We take care of our own.

    Thanks everyone, see you tomorrow.

    • 268 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 4, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      Good night, Chips. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    • 269 sherijr
      April 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      sleep well Chips, thank you so very much for being so kind and loving.

    • 270 jacquelineoboomer
      April 4, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Thanks for creating this haven of friendship and light, Chips. G’night.

    • 271 Bobfr
      April 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      Rest well Chips. Count on me to help any way possible.

      #PRESSON

    • 272 LunarSea
      April 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Thanks for everything ChipsChica. You have done a great job, not just in keeping us informed with this thread but for handling all the emails, etc

      Sleep well

      • April 5, 2012 at 2:43 am

        Good Nite, Chips. We love you so much, Chips. You are an angel sent from the most glorious and loving space within this planet. Thank you for being so loving and compassionate.

        I ask that the heavens of Divine Powers be with you all the time. (((((((((((((((((((((( Love To Your Sweet Spirit)))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  92. 274 sherijr
    April 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Tamra just tweeted that there are places in the area that Hachiko could recharge w/ Tucker in tow.. thus its possible that she was unable to retrieve her charger before being locked out by marshalls. I so hope this isn’t the case.

    • 275 pinkbunny92
      April 4, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      I think that’s what happened, because apparently they didn’t even give her time to get her clothes. She may not have remember to grab her charger…

      I hope she can go to a cell phone store and “charge” her phone in one of the models or hopefully she found a friend to stay with and they had a charger for her

      • 276 sherijr
        April 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm

        I hope so too pinkbunny. Shes smart and capable and though probably afraid, she is strong.

      • 277 miss pat
        April 5, 2012 at 12:01 am

        Its going to be midnight soon I will stay up and hope we hear from her. I wish this had happened early in the day. I am racking my brain thinking of things to do. I wonder if I can go find a Police Station numbrt in Asstoria and ask them to go tell her to come to me or give them an address so I can go to her? But I really don’t trust the Police. I try not to have anything to do with them although are supposed to serve and protect.

        • 278 sherijr
          April 5, 2012 at 12:18 am

          I honstly don’t know what to do either.. I don’t trust police either, so understand where you’re coming from. I believe we’ll hear from her as soon as she’s able, but like you am worried about her possible being out all night.

        • 279 pinkbunny92
          April 5, 2012 at 1:12 am

          I would NOT trust the Police, and most likely they probably won’t care!! But I hope she can get herself to an apple store to check twitter or email…YeahI’m freaking out thinking of her wandering on the street :-(

          • 280 miss pat
            April 5, 2012 at 1:22 am

            went on google and found out its 114 precinct..found the number called and ask the cop to tell the other cops to look out for her and tell her to check in with us.. told me to call 911. if she is out there a cop car should see her but theyt dont care.

            • 281 pinkbunny92
              April 5, 2012 at 2:02 am

              I’m not suprised! It’s sad and pathetic in this day and age the lack of empathy and concern by the Police for the general public! I think it was good of you to try, who knows, maybe I would have been wrong…but I had the feeling they would be COMPLETELY USELESS!!! I’ve sent her an email and texted her about you.

              (((((( hugs MissPat)))))

              • April 5, 2012 at 2:46 am

                Miss pat, you are so beautiful. I know you are the angel from above. I never forget your sweet and gentle spirit in this family.

                (((((((((((((Hugs of Peace and Blessings To You))))))))))))))) HZ

        • 283 pinkbunny92
          April 5, 2012 at 1:14 am

          Yes I’m with Sherijr, I don’t trust the police… I’m hoping she will be able to make her way to an apple store so she can check email…I’m also hoping she was able to get a place somewhere….sigh

  93. 284 phoenixriz
    April 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Put me down. Hope I get in. Having trouble. Barb

  94. 285 EDP4BHO
    April 4, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Good evening all. I’ve been pre-occupied all day, but had to of course, check in- only to find hachiko in dire straits. She has been through a long trial and I was so hoping she had gotten settled. This is grave, so whatever one finds as the absolute best way to assist her, I’m in. On my way to bed, but will check in as soon as I get into work tomorrow. In the meantime, she will be foremost on my mind and in my prayers. Call on the Creator now for her. Peace all !

  95. April 4, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Will it make any sense to write OFA? This really got to me much more than I expected.

    • 287 joybarbados
      April 4, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      Me too BWD. I feel a connection to her as we are originally from the same island (JA). I remember when she was about to venture on her trip to NY I sent her the lyrics to Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds”. As you all know may know it goes, Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing is gonna be alright. And I am praying that everything will be alright soon.

    • April 5, 2012 at 1:03 am

      Blackwaterdog, I was just thinking the same thing. Can we contact OFA? Who would we ask for? HZ

  96. 289 LadyTNT
    April 4, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I am mostly a lurker, but I follow her on twitter, know her from here, and Mrs. O.com. This has my heart heavy tonight. I was without a job for three years, but my lovely mother kept me safe, fed, and with a roof over my head. I will help as much as I can. I pray for her safety.

  97. 290 mb32
    April 4, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I love this site…I truly do. All the love, concern and compassion for each other is truly amazing. I was heartbroken when I saw marabout’s tweet earlier today. The only thing I could do at the time was to send a link to area shelters but I know she was concerned about her dog. I don’t have a lot of money to send but I will help out in whatever way I can…this is so sad…

  98. 291 phoenixriz
    April 4, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Finally I think I’m in. I am here to be added to the list to aid Marabont40/hachiko in anyway I can. I’m Barb but trying phoenixiz. Prayers and guidance for our dear hachiko.

  99. 292 Brit
    April 4, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I found a list of job openings on President Obama’s website for OFA. Many openings are in Chicago, but there are also, alot of jobs for multiple cities, and states. This list appears to be for paid staffers. http://www.barackobama.com/employment

  100. 293 Bill R.
    April 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I’m a sometime commenter. If someone sets up a paypal acct. I will be happy to make a contribution. My dogs have always been closest companion so I feel for her and Tucker.

  101. April 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    This is a possible option..once we know she & Tucker are safe and back online..https://www.everribbon.com/ It lets you set up a donor page & only charges 3.5% that credit card company charges. This is more of a longer term, get back on your feet strategy that may be worth looking at once things are stable.

  102. 295 majiir
    April 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I want to help, too. I’ll be checking back her and on Norbrook’s blog for info on where/how to send money. It breaks my heart hearing that Hachiko lost her apartment.

  103. 297 terim
    April 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Many of us are willing to send $$. Please let us know when a Paypal account has been set up. I will keep Hachiko in my prayers. I can’t imagine how hard this must be.

  104. 298 sherijr
    April 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    all of you who need a job/employment please tweet me- or tell me and I will happily tweet for you.. we never know who’s out there that has something good for us… and that really is the greatest thing about this internet stuff, the ability to connect all over the place. I live in ND- and there are many jobs here in the oil fields.. which are very sexist and do not hire women, except for offices. That does however open all the other fields to women. The other problem is that there is very little housing and whats available is very ultra expensive. greed is rampant. I have a small house, but would help out if possible.

  105. 299 carolyn
    April 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    What Japa said about this being a family is certainly being demonstrated tonight. Count me in for help when she is found and there is a way to donate. I’ll be praying for her safety tonight…..and a charger.

  106. 300 utaustinliberal
    April 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Hiya TOD. I also sent a tweet to Marabout on Twitter and let her know that we at TOD are fully committed to helping her. I regard us as a family here and this news breaks my heart because she’s one of us and she’s such a warrior for PBO on twitter. So count me in also. I’m your typical college student – Not wealthy and Yay! Ramen Noodles – but I firmly believe in paying it forward and the adage that I am my brothers and sisters keeper.

    p.s. Sherijr, thank you so much for bringing this news to our conscious. You’ve been great.

    • 301 sherijr
      April 4, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      thank YOU ALL for being so willing and available.. I knew you would be, I read everyone’s comments here daily- I know the kind of decency that resides here.

      Lots of Ramen at my house too… for years and years now.. it grows on ya ;)

      • 302 desertflower
        April 4, 2012 at 11:36 pm

        THANK YOU! You have been amazing and thank you so much for bringing this to our attention….We need a HR division here:) Lots of people need jobs. A job would have been enough to save her from this.

        • 303 sherijr
          April 4, 2012 at 11:46 pm

          Yes a job is the real answer, the ultimate answer.. and I think tweeting, all of us- could help, at least not hurt. And you’re welcome, I’ve done nothing everyone here hasn’t done- so thank YOU.

          I have many many stories of how I’ve been helped by the kindness of others.. they’re all coming back to me tonight.

      • 304 LunarSea
        April 5, 2012 at 12:08 am

        That is the only ‘food’ my dog wouldn’t eat. No matter how we tried to dress it up. This is a beast that thought horse manure was a treat and would savour discarded deer bones she would find in her wanderings. My children were small at the time, but once they say that they (we) never touched the stuff again.

        True story. No Ramen for us thank you very much. :lol:

        • 305 LunarSea
          April 5, 2012 at 12:09 am

          s/b ‘once they saw that’

        • 306 sherijr
          April 5, 2012 at 12:20 am

          ha! my dog won’t eat ramen either.. too funny, I can put almost any leftover in w/ his food but not ramen! And he’s nearly as big as a horse.. but nope to ramen from his too.

          • 307 LunarSea
            April 5, 2012 at 12:25 am

            :lol: makes you wonder what it’s made of. made me want to keep it out of my kitchen

            • 308 sherijr
              April 5, 2012 at 12:28 am

              well my kids all love it ~ for all I know my adult sons may still eat it.. I do ! my 12 yr old likes it too.. just not that dog.. !

  107. 309 jacquelineoboomer
    April 4, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Is this dumb?

    Maybe we should set up a “buddy system” here on TOD, for the future. Like each person could designate another person who could – only in an emergency, God forbid, like this one – keep the communication going. I would never want Chips to take over that responsibility, she has enough to do, but maybe we could do it ourselves on our Profiles, in the “About You” section. We could just list another TODer by screen name (only) who would have contact info. Only we would know why that person’s screen name is there. This could be voluntary. Maybe it’s overkill, but I’m the Queen of Overkill.

    Anyway, just a thought. (CanadaBarb – I’m looking at you, sister, and vice versa!)

    • 310 sherijr
      April 4, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      I’m in jacqueline!

      • 311 jacquelineoboomer
        April 4, 2012 at 11:41 pm

        Good! Of course, this would require each of us to reach out to our “contact” as quickly as possible. Not sure it would have worked in this case, without the cell phone charged, etc.

        • 312 sherijr
          April 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm

          actually it would have, because she was able to tweet several times, before loosing her charge. thus had she had a contact- that could have been her first important tweet/ or email.

          • 313 jacquelineoboomer
            April 4, 2012 at 11:55 pm

            Hoping she’s able to make contact, soon! Scary and sad. Thanks for all you’re doing to get the word around.

            • 314 sherijr
              April 4, 2012 at 11:58 pm

              I’m worried about her too, I have never been homeless, but so close and I am a tough broad but I was very scared, so she must be too, I think. Just knowing we’re here for her would carry her- if she knew.. all these prayers and good wishes will reach her I think, she’s gonna feel it.. and hopefully by tomorrow she’ll get her messages from all of us.

    • 316 Betsy
      April 4, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      I think this is a great idea. I’m in southern california.

    • 317 canadabarb4obama
      April 5, 2012 at 12:14 am

      I’m in, sister.

      • 318 jacquelineoboomer
        April 5, 2012 at 12:43 am

        Good! Right back atcha.

      • 319 jacquelineoboomer
        April 5, 2012 at 1:01 am

        I just typed under “About you” on my profile: “Buddy system: canadabarb4obama”

        Feel free to use my name, like you didn’t know that already. :)

        Goodnight, friend!

    • 320 canadabarb4obama
      April 5, 2012 at 2:52 am

      I am definitely in, Jacqueline

  108. 321 anniebella
    April 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    What can we do? I don’t have much money, living on a fix income isn’t easy. But thank God I have a roof over my head. We say we are family her. What can we do?

  109. 322 MJ
    April 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Does anyone have an update on Marabout 40? I’m local and would like to help. (I tried to reach out to her on twitter, but had no luck.)

    MJ
    @mjohnso27

    • 323 sherijr
      April 4, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      not yet, sorry.. just that her phone died about 4 hours ago and either she can’t get it recharged.. or hopefully found a place to stay for the night.

  110. 324 Sony
    April 4, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    This is my first time posting, but I lurk here almost daily. I will very much like to help as well. I will continue to lurk and donate once the wrinkles are ironed out. I am so sorry hear this….Blessings to you all!

  111. 325 a4alice
    April 4, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    oh my gosh. I had no idea. I see her stuff on twitter all the time. I’d be so depressed and terrified and lonely if I was out on the street with my dog. I’ll check in to see what is going on tomorrow and if there is some way that someone has found to come to her aid i’d be glad to help with what I can. meanwhile i’ll send out a tweet to her handle and tell her to check here – although other twitterers have done that but it’s something.

  112. 326 sabreen60
    April 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Just came here tonight and saw the comments. This is so sad. Please let us know as soon as anyone hears from her.

  113. April 4, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    TOD, count me in for help with Hachiko. As PBO says Iam my brother/sister;s keeper.

  114. 328 lovingandlaughing
    April 5, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Really hoping Hachiko is in a warm and a safe place to rest tonight and that she can feel all the love being sent her way.

  115. 329 sherijr
    April 5, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Tamra just tweeted to say that she’s not heard from Hachiko and is hopeful that a neighbor helped her for the night… but doesn’t know.

    • 330 theo67
      April 5, 2012 at 12:29 am

      Thanks for the update, Sheri – I hope Hachiko is ok for the night. Will check in tomorrow morning to see if we have instructions to help.

      • 331 sherijr
        April 5, 2012 at 12:36 am

        thanks theo, I hope there is news by morning. When she was still able to tweet, she said there was a place that might take Tucker that opened up in the morning.. so I imagine that is her goal tomorrow, hopefully she’ll see our messages first.

    • 332 Bobfr
      April 5, 2012 at 1:58 am

      Thank you for the update, Sheri.

      Please know, Hachiko, if you or anyone can provide me adequate contact information, my wife and I will help you and Tucker.

      Yes We Can … DO More Togeher

      We MUST …. That’s the America our Dear President Obama is restoring and nurturing every day.

  116. 333 aquagranny911
    April 5, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I’m in to help how I can. I’ve read all the comments & all I am saying is: Marabot40 please phone home, your family is so worried and wants to help you. My heart to your heart & please contact us.

  117. 334 mtmarilyn
    April 5, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Hachiko, my prayers are with you!!!!

    Add my name on the list for giving help when we know how to do it. I think she knows that there is alot of love here at TOD. We do help our own. There are so many wonderful people here.,

    i just know we will be able to get her thru. i just hope she is someplace warm right now.

    Prayers for all!

  118. 335 goldendreamer
    April 5, 2012 at 12:36 am

    I am saddened by all of this, yet touched to see so much compassion! I may not know Hachiko personally, but I am praying for her and will try to help. Thank you TOD crew for exemplifying what it means to be “my brother’s/sister’s keeper.” :D

  119. 336 kasai
    April 5, 2012 at 12:37 am

    My heart aches right now…I learned about Hachiko on tweeterland..I tweeted and DM..Offering help.. and a room to stay, if she wasn’t so far.Hope she gets it…Whatever it is, I Am In….I feel really bad.

    Chips & Tod Family…Sorry I haven’t been here much lately…I’ve been consumed with Trayvon’s case for the past month…Petitioning, Demonstrating for justice..It really really messed me up emotionally (I try to forget but can;t)…too close to home..and didn’t want to come here with my doom-gloom mood, hope you understand…But I had to come out of hiding for this great cause we doing for Hachiko
    Love & Peace.

    • 337 sherijr
      April 5, 2012 at 12:39 am

      thank YOU for what you’re doing to see to justice for Trayvon kasai.. it has hit close to home for many of us I think. Between us we’ll work things out with/for Hachiko too.

    • 338 desertflower
      April 5, 2012 at 1:00 am

      Thinking of you,kasai….I certainly understand your being all consumed by Trayvon’s case. It needs to stay front and center until that man has his day in court…and then after, so we can get rid of these asinine gun laws. The fact that you have put your anger about this to good use, is a good thing…that passion to make things right, bring justice and fairness, is a powerful thing. So many important wrongs to make right again….coming from every direction, seeming to overwhelm all of us. We will move this country in the right direction….we already have:) Be well, dear kasai..and just know that you are thought of…Hugs to you.

      • April 5, 2012 at 2:52 am

        Kasai,(((((((((((((((((((Love to you and all that you are doing in Trayvon’s case and memory for justice)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) HZ

        (((((((((((((Take good care and get some rest also))))))))))))))))))) HZ

  120. 340 Rita
    April 5, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Just saw this post and feel really bad. Hopefully Hachiko has found refuge for tonight. Will check back in tomorrow for an update. Please count me in to help.

  121. 341 auni
    April 5, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Oh lord–just got on here and keep praying there would be good news as I read down the posts. Just hope she will be safe for tonight. Count me in to help.

  122. April 5, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Just said a prayer.

    Obviously, everyone’s thoughts and support are with you, Hachikō.

  123. 343 Mae who love our CIC
    April 5, 2012 at 1:01 am

    My heart goes out to Hachiko. I have been reading TOD’s comments. Sending money Western Union is an iffy option. My most recent dealing with them; you would need information of the sender and the amount expected.

    If Hachiko could go to a Post Office and speak with a Window Services Supervisor or Manager, or a window ckerk perhaps she could get mail sent to the address of the post office on a temporary basis. She needs to have her mail forwarded and she could do so with the p o street address. Usually in the lobby area she may be able to plug her phone.

    I know she may be so stressed but she is not alone. She has her dog who will protect her and will also be a companion. I can’t even imagine her predicament. The closest that I have ever been in this scenario is standing outside locked out of my home, pitch black, tired, dirty, thirsty after mowing two acres and the closest family member is two hours away. You are totally helpless.
    May God protect her and supply what she needs.

    I will be listening for the game plan in our assistance to Hachiko.

  124. 344 ourmanflint
    April 5, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Ready to help too when a plan is finalized. Praying that all will be better for you Hachiko

  125. April 5, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Rock, @tigerfists88 said they are hiring at at&t- he tweeted this site(your message to over 40k ppl) – as soon as your phone is charged, let us know where you are & if you’re okay- Remember, Jersey is a fine place to live :)) Let me know if you need $ I can always find some, somewhere- I think my son can board your dog at the kennel he works at (just in case) it’s central NJ = be well

  126. 346 Whitney
    April 5, 2012 at 1:11 am

    I am mostly a lurker, but a huge fan of Hachiko, and I am out and ready to help. Peace and blessings to all….

  127. 347 sherijr
    April 5, 2012 at 1:16 am

    I just want to say- that you are all heroes.. every person on here and all the folks responding on Twitter.. never doubt that people care about one another- this is the real world.. right here.

  128. 348 phoenixriz
    April 5, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Dear hachiko/marabout 40 may you feel the loving energies and prayers going out to you tonight. There is an oasis here to stand with you and support you and Tucker. It is here, feel us, reach out and we will rap our loving arms around you and help you meet these hard times. You’ve had offers of refuge for you and Tucker. We will make a way to provide you with substinece and support. Dear Lord send someone to aid her with a recharge of her batteries to connect with those who love her. Help is on the way dear hachiko.

  129. 350 Canuck Joyce
    April 5, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Hi Chips and TOD family,
    I didn’t know I would come back to such sad news. My heart goes out to Hachiko. Please count me in to help in any way the family here decides. Meanwhile, I will hold Hachiko and Tucker in the Light and Universal Love. They are safe, protected and loved now and always!

    I’ve been off the grid for over 2 weeks because of a back injury. The worst is behind me and I’m on the mend. I have so much to catch up here and in my inbox.

    My heart is filled with gratitude and love to all you beautiful and generous community. This is who WE truly ARE – You make me proud to be a human being.

    Peace & Joy to all <3

    • April 5, 2012 at 4:08 am

      Canuck Joyce, I just saw your comment. I am so happy to see you here. I kept your name in my prayer, meditation, quiet time TOD Family box so that I might lift you up in thoughts, prayer, and meditation for peace, healing, and gentleness in your space.

      I am elated that you are making great progress. Yes, the worst is behind you, and your healing begins , I pray with much strength, power, and great energy within your space.

      Be careful, rest, and relax in your inner being. ((((((Healing sweetness within your body and spirit.)))))))HZ

  130. April 5, 2012 at 1:29 am

    I remember marabout from BWD’s blog and even, I believe, from the orange site. I too have been unemployed since 2009, unemployment ended Dec 2011, lost home and furnishings BUT I am blessed to have a son who is able to share his apartment with me. Saying all this to say, I know what she is going through, I know the fear of “what will/can I do?, when will I have to leave?, who can I call on to help?” and I want her to know that I will donate whatever I can to help her through this. I’ve never met her, just know her “name” but she is me and others I’ve read about tonite. My heart breaks for this situation she is in…..DAMN bush, tea-nuts, wall street, corp media, kock brothers and a freaking OBSTRUCTIONIST congress that prevents all of from having a chance at a job to prevent this exact same kind of fear. I don’t like to invoke hate but I literally hate these people who don’t realize their bs is causing so much hurt, fear and anxiety for the rest of us. Marabout is in my prayers and as soon as anyone hears anything or how to help, again, I will give what I can. We are our sister/brother’s keepers. Damn…..not going to be able to sleep until we hear something….. Damn you boner, HOW ABOUT PASSING THE JOBS BILLS?

    • 353 jackiegrumbacher
      April 5, 2012 at 7:37 am

      Sankofa, thank you for reminding us how we’re all so close to losing everything we thought was secure. I’m sorry for what you’ve endured, but glad you have a loving son who stepped in to help. Your story and marabout (Hachiko) is why we can’t let ‘Bush on Sterioids’ Romney anywhere near the White House. He would be happy if half the country were wandering alone and frightened in the streets of our cities as long as the rich got their tax breaks.

      • April 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm

        Thank you jackieg, I honestly just wanted to say I know what Hachiko and others on this site and else where are going through. Having tension headaches, dizziness from high blood pressure and having to decide to pay a bill or food or spend for a drs. appointment, medicine and hopefully no tests, buying gas for my car or going to a dentist for a filling that fell out, cutting my own hair, is there enough to pay for parking for a job interview or cheaper to take the bus, do you keep buying “filling” food vs healthy food which causes all kinds of medical problems, what to do, how to do it?. There is so much inherent stress without seady money and not having a job eventually works on your self worth. There are many on this site going through something that a job or better paying job would help immensely and I want willard, frothy, boner, can’tor, kochs and corp media/money to realize that we are saying “we are not taking this anymore”….as PBO said “ENOUGH”.

  131. 355 Cha
    April 5, 2012 at 1:33 am

    It is heartwrenching to hear of anyone out on the street with her sweet dog. Especially someone you feel you know in spirit from reading theobamadiary where the people are always caring about others and now it’s one of our own who’s in need of some Aloha.

    Energy flows where the attention goes and I’d like to add some bountiful energy to all the soul-warming comments of love and offers of good old fashioned dollars for Hachiko~

  132. April 5, 2012 at 1:34 am

    I almost missed this thread. Oh, Lord, please give us specific wisdom in how we need to go about this to help our dear one, Hachiko. Please give her strength physically to be as safe as possible. Please help her to find a place to charge her phone. Help her to find Miss Pat and see our messages.

    Keep her and Tucker together tonight. Please get her and Tucker off of the streets and in a warm and safe place. Lord let our energies go out to her and reach her right where she is now ,and give her complete angels of peace, safety, and protection.

    Lord, send us an attorney from within our TOD family here to help and guide us in setting up means to get financial help for Hachiko. We need directions so that all of us will know how to do this to help our sister, Lord. Have mercy, Lord. We need you so much right now.

    We all are going through our tests, but we know that if we come together, Hachiko, we will get to you and help you get through this time. Whatever we need financially to help her, please give each one of us the abundance to meet those needs. Lord, start with my heart. I want to help, so please give us wisdom in how to start an account that is safe, durable, and protected for each of us to help our dear and loving TOD family member, Hachiko. We are a loving and caring family, and we trust you for goodness sake in all things. By the grace of God, this could be anyone of us. So let us show our love and compassion in all things.

    Hachiko, help is on the way, I have to believe in this prayer. Lord, please keep Hachiko and Tucker safe wherever they might be at this very moment.

    Lord, we all are living in different parts of the country, so please give wisdom to each of us on how we take care to be on the same page, and be able to come to our precious Hachiko’s side right now. Please, dear Lord, help us, to trust you to see your mercy, your power, and your glory in this situation. Please, Father, keep her safe. Open up the doors of opportunitties for all of us to help in anyway that we can.

    Lord, some of us can’t sleep tonight knowing that she is out there alone and searching, but please bring your merciful angel of love and compassion to her while we make a way through your grace to get help to her right now. Please keep her safe. Give her calmness right now, Lord, please

    :Lord, we are going to ask Big and with much Faith from you to Help Us All here at TOD to hear from Your mighty powerful helping sources to help Hachiko and Tucker. We need wisdom, Lord, please grant that to us. Keep her warm, and please do not allow her to panic or feel alone.
    ((((((((((((((((Divine, Loving, Protecting, Angels Surrounding Hachiko Now, Heavenly Father, Please.))))))))))))))))))))) We pray with gratitude and humbleness , In Your Loving Name., Amen.HZ

    • 357 sherijr
      April 5, 2012 at 2:04 am

      Amen Hz – that is beautiful.

    • 358 desertflower
      April 5, 2012 at 2:17 am

      Beautiful, HZ. Just beautiful,

    • 359 goldendreamer
      April 5, 2012 at 2:58 am

      Amen HZ!!!

    • 360 0388jojothecat
      April 5, 2012 at 3:12 am

      Amen HZ, you always have the right words of comfort and support. I also want to thank everyone who posted information about shelters and job opportunities with hopes that it will help our fellow TOD family member marabout40 as well as others who are also looking for work and are just a check or two away from our being homeless. God bless Hachiko & Tucker, may God and our prayers protect you. Good night all…hopefully we’ll hear word tomorrow.

  133. 361 newcenturywoman
    April 5, 2012 at 1:49 am

    I haven’t posted on TOD in awhile. Life gets in the way of blogging sometimes. :) I’m in like everyone else to help out anyway I can once a plan is worked out. Hachiko’s adventure to NY with her dog Tucker is what brought me to TOD way back when. I’m praying for you Hachiko like everyone else here.

  134. 362 miss pat
    April 5, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Its almost two here. I do think she has settled down somewhere for the night. Her phone would have been charged by now. If she gets in touch with anyone here please tell her to check her phone email and twitter for my address and come to me then we will figure out what to do from there. I am very tired and will go lie down.

  135. 365 nospin
    April 5, 2012 at 2:15 am

    For folks seeking employment or a career change.

    http://www.careeronestop.org/

  136. 366 desertflower
    April 5, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Look what I found…it’s for a company that Joining Forces has showcased and promoted….once hachiko gets settled in somewhere….she could work from home if she chooses.

    https://jobs.alpineaccess.com/

    • 367 desertflower
      April 5, 2012 at 2:23 am

      Not just for military.

    • 368 miss pat
      April 5, 2012 at 7:35 am

      That is so good. I also researched and left some information two places on here and I will leave it again here so everyone can see it. Maryland seems to be the best place for people with her qualifications. I wrote down two websites that I can send to Chipsticks e-mail later. If anyone here lives near there and is willing to help that would be good. Or any area where planes are being built is a good fit for her.

  137. April 5, 2012 at 2:43 am

    I also found this, I think I read upthread that marabout is an engineer of some kind,so maybe this will be of some help.

    Careers at MDA (mda.mil)
    The Missile Defense Agency is assembling a team of professionals for one of the most challenging and advanced projects. Apply today.

  138. 371 sjterrid
    April 5, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Hachiko you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you and Tucker were able to find shelter.

    I would also like to do what I can to help.

  139. April 5, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Hachiko, may your spirit be in touch with the ‘Greater Source’ of miracles. I am asking in faith for a whole bunch of miracles from our “Source.”

    We here at TOD will enter into our private places to draw from whatever that ‘Source’ maybe in each of our lives asking and believing for you and Tucker the beautiful oneness of blessings that will come into your space wherever you are at this hour.

    At times and places in our lives, God builds a mysterious wall around us. I am asking for a wall of protection, and provisions on all sides to surround you now, Hachiko.

    This may not seem like an ordinary scene for you right now, but I am personally asking for whatever you may see, that it will be a scene of guidance of trust, gentleness of clamness, and an abundance of supplied needs.

    Be of an expectant spirit of goodness from God’s hands now Hachiko, for yourself and Tucker, because that is where I am standing with and for you and Tucker. I am asking for Big Expectations from His Power and Restorations of so much provision in your life right now.

    Remember, it is often through the most difficult trials that God often bring the sweetest gifts of His Love. Hachiko, you are loved today.

    My heart has cried out to that Divine Power to carry you when you feel that you can’t take another step, but His Shoulders are so much bigger than mine, so I will trust that Most Higher Power to lift you up to a glorious Top Seat in the Center of that Perfect Will within your space of sweet energy and Great Provisions. (((((((((((( Hachiko, know that you are being Loved Right Now.))))))))))))))))))) HZ

    • 373 jackiegrumbacher
      April 5, 2012 at 7:29 am

      HZ, you are a marvel. Truly a special, special person. Hachiko will surely feel that love and support you sent. Bless you.

  140. 374 professorx10
    April 5, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Hachiko, I am so sorry to what has happened. I pray for you and your family dog safety. Don’t be afraid to go to the police station and asks for help if there is one close by, maybe you can plug up your phone there.

  141. 375 professorx10
    April 5, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Homeless Services
    ———————————-
    Bureau of Housing and Support Services (BHSS)

    The Bureau of Housing and Support Services administers an array of programs to address the problems of homelessness in the State. These programs provide a continuum of services for homeless, at risk and low-income households. BHSS programs are designed to prevent homelessness, provide shelter for the homeless, construct supportive housing for the homeless and offer essential services to stabilize housing situations and increase levels of self-sufficiency.

    To accomplish this, BHSS administers the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP), as well as a range of support services programs for homeless and at risk families and individuals, including the Homelessness Intervention Program, Supplemental Homelessness Intervention Program, Single Room Occupancy Support Services Program, Emergency Shelter Grants Program, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program, Supported Housing for Families and Young Adults Program, and the Operational Support for AIDS Housing Program. In addition, the Bureau is responsible for the New York State’s certification, regulation and inspection of family and single shelters for the homeless.

    BHSS-related questions or comments can be directed to: bhss@otda.ny.gov

    Contact OTDA

    New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
    40 North Pearl Street
    Albany, New York 12243
    Email: nyspio@otda.ny.gov
    General Phone: 518-473-1090

    HEAP, Food Stamps or Temporary Assistance:

    Website: HEAP
    Website: Foodstamps
    Website: Temporary Assistance
    Phone: 1-800-342-3009

    http://otda.ny.gov/programs/housing/

    Employment Opportunities

    http://www.nysegov.com/citGuide.cfm?superCat=36&cat=75&content=main

    • 376 miss pat
      April 5, 2012 at 7:38 am

      I live in New York. As a single woman she is going to have a hard time finding decent shelter. And it takes time but she can try. Right now the best thing to do is to find somewhere temporary to stay with a friend and we all work together to get her settled someplace. Every little bit will help. We can do it. New York is the last place foor people to be homeless, trust me.

  142. 378 Ladyhawke
    April 5, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Hachiko,

    My heart aches for you and Tucker. I am thinking of you and hoping you both are warm and safe and getting the support you so desperately need right now. You may already have the information below, but just in case I am hoping this may be of some assistance. Your TOD family is anxious to know how you and Tucker are doing and what we can do to help you through this difficult time.

    NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HOMELESS SERVICES

    DHS CONTACT INFORMATION – http://www.nyc.gov/html/dhs/html/contact/contact.shtml

    Dial 311 if you see someone in need on the street or if you or your family needs emergency shelter.

    General DHS Main Number
    212-361-8000
    Please call the main number to be directed to the appropriate office.

    Office of the Commissioner
    33 Beaver Street, 17th Floor
    New York, NY 10004
    212-361-8000
    Send an email to the Commissioner

    Office of Client Advocacy
    33 Beaver Street, 20th Floor
    New York, NY 10004
    1-800-994-6494
    Learn more about the Office of Client Advocacy

    HOMELESS NOW? – http://www.nyc.gov/html/dhs/html/homeless/homeless_now.shtml)

    A DHS Guiding Principle states that that all homeless individuals and families deserve safe, temporary shelter and that planning for permanent housing should begin immediately. A wide range of services are available to help you as you work to transition from homelessness to permanent housing.

    WHERE TO GO (back to top)

    DHS provides temporary emergency shelter to homeless individuals in a safe environment. There are a variety of ways for you to receive services.

    “DROP IN” AT OUR DROP-IN CENTERS

    In partnership with non-profit organizations, DHS sponsors six Drop-In Centers located throughout the City. Drop-Ins provide hot meals, showers, laundry facilities, clothing, medical care, recreational space, employment referrals and other social services. Staff also can help you find a safe and secure place to sleep.

    24-hour Drop-In Centers are located at:

    MANHATTAN
    Mainchance
    120 East 32nd Street in East Midtown
    Subway: 6 to 33rd St.

    BRONX
    The Living Room
    800 Barretto Street (at Lafayette Avenue)
    Subway: 6 to Hunt’s Point Ave.
    Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.

    The following Drop-In Centers are open from 7:30 am – 8:30 pm:

    MANHATTAN
    Olivieri Center
    257 West 30th Street near Penn Station
    Subway: 1/2/3/A/C/E to 34th St.-Penn Station

    BROOKLYN
    The Gathering Place
    2402 Atlantic Avenue
    Subway: A to Broadway Junction

    STATEN ISLAND
    Project Hospitality
    25 Central Avenue
    Subway: No subway service

  143. 379 proudmemberofglobalzero
    April 5, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Hachiko, I am IN for any help you may need. I have been so busy I have not been on for a while. Please know I can help too. Keep us posted Chips…I am on my way to work now but will check back when I get off.

  144. 380 Renee / Aunt Sis
    April 5, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Excellent ideas family. I am in all the way. Chips, please include my name and contact information for south Florida – Miami beach.

  145. 381 L3
    April 5, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Count me in! I’d like to contribute because I know what it’s like to be down on your luck. I went through something similar about 4 years ago and I’m now doing better than I was before my life fell apart. It was tough but with support it can be done.

  146. April 5, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I would like to help @Marabout, I can provide her with 1week to 10 days apt to stay temporary while looking for something else. Please let her email me directly. I just send a tweet to her too. Thank you. Nafi

  147. April 5, 2012 at 9:57 am

    @marabout40 when you get your messages, please dm me your email address-PPl are willing to take you and your dog in for a time & set up a paypal account or send info of western union near you. & a quick note to let us know you’re okay -btw this is @patrice_orourke I have a different handle on my wordpress account (if you trust, I could directly send some money into your bank)

  148. April 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

    This is a line from my favorite movie “Dear George: Remember no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings! Love, Clarence.” A bell rings ——– I hope you don’t feel like you have failed (you haven’t) You have so many people who care about you & most, if not all have never even met you. You are a very special person. And you will have that garden this summer, it will happen <3 @patrice_orourke

  149. 386 gcwp1
    April 5, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Hi – Haven’t been here in a while (was able to get back to my life after a rough year) But I caught this at Norbrook’s. Add me to the Help list please.

  150. 387 asoldiersvoice
    April 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Hi I’m a long time lurker, follow and converse with marabout on twitter. I would like to help also. I am @asoldiersvoice on twitter.

  151. April 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    what about Wepay https://www.wepay.com/ anyone know about this???

  152. 389 Titti
    April 5, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    OMG my heart broke whilst reading about Hachiko and her lovely ‘son’. I too remembered her journey to NYC. I’m always late and on page 2 as I try to keep abreast of whats going on with PBO and try to skim each thread. I hope that she did find a place to rest (and regroup) last night. I am in and once something is sorted will try to chip. No man is an island and this community with its compassionate angles is stepping forward willing to help one of our own. God bless you guys and Hachiko please know that you’re not alone.


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