March 16, 2016

Fundraiser Aims to Provide Care for Ailing Oberlin Ombuds

Friends of the former Oberlin College Ombuds, Yeworkwha Belachew, have launched a effort to crowdfund her home care.  YB, as she is known at the private liberal arts college in Ohio, retired in October 2015 after over a decade as the first campus Ombuds and head of a social justice center.  

Here's what Oberlin alumnus Rashné Limki wrote about the appeal for help: 
YB has had some ups and downs in her recovery, over the past few months. Thankfully, she's doing pretty well right now. She is up to receive visits from anyone who is in the area, or visiting oberlin, at any point.

YB was very honored by the recognition of her work as Ombudsperson and the renaming of the dialogue center. And we are excited for her to be honored this spring for her service to the college over the entire span of her career here. Overall, things are going pretty well.

The only real challenge right now is the high cost of home care. We are making arrangements that should allow us to continue to pay for home care, starting next month. But we can use any help we can get to get us to next month.
At present, donors have contributed $1,790 toward a very modest goal of $2,000.  (YouCaring.)

Related posts: "Multipartiality" a Key Principle for Oberlin Ombuds; Outside Reviewers Recommend Ombuds for Grinnell College; Interview of Oberlin Ombuds; Job Posting (Ombuds Fellow); Oberlin College Honors its Retiring Ombuds; Job Posting.

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