Posted on: October 15, 2021

Provide housing support to family

Churches partner to pay rent so grandma can be close to care

Ladavionne Garrett Jr. was shot in the head while riding in a car in North Minneapolis with his family on April 30. After receiving emergency care at North Memorial Medical Center, the 10-year-old was transferred to Gillette Children’s in St. Paul for ongoing medical care and rehabilitation. At that time, Ladavionne’s grandmother and guardian, Sharrie, sought to move to St. Paul so she could be nearby while he received treatment. The pastors at Fairmount Avenue United Methodist and Hamline Church United Methodist teamed up to find housing near Gillette for Sharrie and Ladavionne’s two younger brothers, and a fund was set up at Hamline Church to provide a year of rent and utilities to ease the family’s burden.

Immanuel and other neighborhood churches are each committing to raise $5,000 for this fund. We have received a generous grant of $2,500 from the Paulson Bequest toward this goal, and we are seeking individual donations to help us raise an additional $2,500 by December 2. Checks made payable to Hamline Methodist Church (denote “Ladavionne Garrett fund” in the memo line) can be given in the offering plate or mailed to the ILC office, or you can give on our website.

Your ongoing prayers for Ladavionne and his family are also appreciated. The most recent update from grandmother Sharrie noted that Ladavionne is not mobile and his responsiveness is limited. There are no more medical interventions available for him, so Ladavionne will soon transition to outpatient rehabilitation at Gillette. Sharrie is hoping he can live at home with her; however, their current upper-level unit is not accessible for him. Hamline Church is now seeking a new housing option that will better meet the family’s needs.