With over 30,000 people in the Columbia community, it can be difficult to understand the individual struggles faced by some of our peers. Iris Washington, one of the staff members in Columbia Dining, is as risk of losing her home. As written on her GoFundMe page,
On July 29 of 2013 my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.she died July 24th of 2014 leaving behind a mortgage. My disabled daughter now lives in the home on a fixed income and can’t afford the mortgage. In April 2014 my daughter was hospitalized with a blood clot to the heart. In May she went under 4 hours of surgery to receive a pacemaker and after putting the pacemaker in there were unable to hook up one side of it. Long after the storm last week the house receive more damages the basement is flooded with water. And the Bank sold the loan to a collection agency and now the collection agency just notified me of foreclosure please help.
Iris, one of the people who normally works late nights at JJ’s Place, has worked in Columbia Dining for years and is loved by many of the students who visit. She is known for her peppy, yet sassy style and is one of the amazing people that works tirelessly to ensure a positive Dining experience for all.
If you are able and willing, you can help Iris by donating to her GoFundMe page here.
The Lion team would like to thank Alexander Birkel (CC ’18) and Keenan Smith (CC ’18) for alerting us to this story.