I need your help, brothers.
I have a friend named David. He is salt of the earth. Much like the folks on here except without a KLR. He has worked with street kids, he helps his fellow man, he is one of the good guys. So, of course, he gets screwed.
I am too far away to help with anything but moral support. Anyone in the Pacific Northwest who can do ANYTHING to help...well, you'd be helping one of the good guys. I asked David to summarize the situation:
My friend M was in an abusive marriage in Pennsylvania and decided at last to get away. I drove from near Vancouver, Canada to pick her up and brought her back out west. It took three weeks and 10,000 kilometres and who knows how many dollars. But money isn't the important thing.
Anyway, Canadian customs were suspicious and thought she was trying to get into Canada to stay (she wasn't) and turned her away twice, at one point telling her they could have cuffed her and escorted her back to the US. This is a woman who has already been traumatized and hasn't hurt any one in her life and doesn't have a criminal record or even use illegal drugs. I even tried appealing to the Canadian consulate in Seattle, with no luck. She is trying to set up a new life in Washington state in the town of Bellingham and just needs a break. We tried the women's shelters and they are full from Blaine on the border all the way down to Seattle. Currently, we got her into a cheap motel with monthly rates and she is desperate for work and also a more permanent address. I live on the Canadian side and can come down and help her as much as possible, but we just need contacts down there in the Bellingham area. I have to keep going back across the line for work and family commitments and she is incredibly lonely. Basically, she needs someone who will be a friendly face but will also have some practical advice or know of work in the area. Once she finds work, everything else will likely fall into place. That's the simple version without all the knockbacks and hurdles and painful rejections from social service and community organizations. Plenty of well meaning folks, but more and more lists of phone numbers that send you in circles don't exactly help.
If you know of a job, an apartment, if you are willing to go grab a cup of coffee, I would consider it a personal favor, and David would appreciate it (and you). He pays it forward and has his whole life. Now he needs some help and maybe we can help him.
"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig
Soon, we ride.
AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.
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2008 KLR 650
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