I will try to do a more detailed, thoughtful post on this subject as soon as I can, but I wanted to at least provide a quick update for everyone on the result of the Atlanta startup community’s efforts to help the Roberts’ family.
Thanks to participation from all of you, we were able to raise enough money to move the Roberts’ into their new home! Due to the hard work, financial contributions, and desire to truly make a meaningful difference in the world shown by all of you, the family is moving into their new Atlanta home this week. The home is big enough to keep the family together, and little Jamaal has started at his new school.
On behalf of myself and the Roberts’ family, I’d like to publicly thank to all of the entrepreneurs, investors, community leaders, and friends who helped with this. A special thanks to Bo Emerson at the AJC for initially making the community aware of the story, and to Doris Benit for getting the initial fund set up. As a veteran myself, I took a deep personal interest in this story when it broke. It just really hit me personally. Your collective willingness to help me with this cause speaks volumes about you all. A deep heartfelt thanks to you all from this old Marne Dog :)