My fiancee and I have been raising money over the last few months to help us fund our court appeal for joint custody of our beautiful princess. Losing primary custody of my daughter to to discrimination due to PTSD as a result of being a victim of human trafficking, as well as discrimination due to my sexual orientation–is by far one of the most difficult trials I have experienced. But it is definitely not the first mountain I have faced that has seemed insurmountable.
Something insanely beautiful has come from these trials, however. CONNECTION. HOPE. RESTORED FAITH IN HUMANITY. AND THE ABILITY TO DREAM AGAIN–AND BEST OF ALL–ACCOMPLISH THOSE DREAMS.
I cannot begin to tell you the gratitude that is in my heart to so many people–friends, family, and STRANGERS who have partnered with me in helping in so many different ways. We have had people purchase items from our shop outside of the country, in many different states–people we don’t even know, who heard about our court case through the selfless shares of so many people.
We have had friends, family, and strangers donate hand-made items to our shop to be sold to raise money. I am so grateful.
Out of this has birthed a business that has so long been stirring in my heart and soul. I want to pay it forward. I want to continue this generosity that connects humans at a deeper, spiritual, and personal level. And so, “Arrayah Ray of Hope,” (our online retail store) was born (Arrayah is my daughter’s name–which means, “A Ray of Hope”).
I decided to donate 50% of all profits from our store to what would become known as a “Resiliency Scholarship.” There are so many people who have experienced trauma, abandonment, medical setbacks, discrimination, and other hardships. I truly believe that these people have the power to make beauty from ashes and be a catalyst for success and a beacon of hope to others. The Resiliency Scholarship was created to assist survivors of hardship in their journey towards recovery and accomplishing their life-goals and dreams.