Heroteer 4 Venka! (her GoFundMe)

My friend Venka Anderson (her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) is going through an insanely difficult time.  As of 08 NOV 2018 she’s living in her car (with the exception of one night where she qualified for emergency shelter in a chapel).  She suffered a stroke 2 years ago. What healthcare did she receive? Curious minds might suspect malpractice.  The stroke diagnosis is 2 years late.  Her adopted mother’s caregiver for years, Venka was my colleague back in the day.  She worked as operations manager when I wrote mortgage loans (sorry about that!) at Capital Market Funding (Danville, CA) in the 2000’s, prior to The Big Short.

For the list of how to help Venka, scroll down to the HOW to HELP section below.  Thanks!

I’m no longer in real estate or finance, but I gave a little to Venka’s GoFundMe. And I’m currently a lower class SAG-AFTRA working artist attempting to build a podcast audience. I’m in no position to donate. But I did. Because I remember the darker times of my own struggles.  I remember the strangers and people I barely knew who heroteered for me when I was homeless and in the depths of depression.  While my family and “friends” reminded me how I wasn’t worshipping Jesus correctly.  Or that I was a black sheep who needed to mend his ways.  Or “the acting isn’t working out”.  Hard to hear.  And not helpful.  I can’t imagine what it’s like after a stroke.

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Venka needs our help.  Who do you know who can DONATE $5?  Or more?  It’s a great way to heroteer.  And as we all know, you can’t heroteer … without HER.

For the list of how to help Venka, scroll down to the HOW to HELP section below.  Thanks!

I’d love to cut a check for $20,000.  Right now.  I can’t.  What I CAN do is offer you extra SWAG when you DONATE.  Here’s HOW:

  1. BUY my $9 CITATION or $15 POEM
  2. DONATE at least $20 to Venka’s GoFundMe
  3. EMAIL me evidence of both

… and I’ll include with your $9 CITATION or $15 POEM purchase an autographed copy of my Lt. Frank PHOTO.  For FREE!!!


For the list of how to help Venka, scroll down to the HOW to HELP section below.  Thanks!

In other words, instead of paying $34 for two items of my SWAG, you could pay only $29.  And $20 goes directly to Venka. (You’ll pay a small additional fee to GoFundMe so it does not come out of what Venka needs – when I donated $5 it was $1, so $6 total, which works out best for Venka – kinda the whole point here.)


15 NOV 2018 – Venka started Facebook Fundraiser Life4V.  $

13 NOV 2018 – $10 donated by 1 person today – $840 total donated to date (4.2% of GoFundMe goal)
11 NOV 2018 – Venka qualified for emergency shelter and slept in a chapel for 1 night
09 NOV 2018 – $305 donated by 4 people today – $830 total donated to date (4.1% of GoFundMe goal)
09 NOV 2018 – Flat & bald tires on Venka’s sedan replaced
08 NOV 2018 – $10 donated by 2 people today – $525 total donated to date (2.6% of GoFundMe goal)
08 NOV 2018 – Venka now living in her car
07 NOV 2018 – $10 donated by 1 person today – $515 total donated to date (2.6% of GoFundMe goal)
06 NOV 2018 – $15 donated by 3 people today – $505 total donated to date (2.5% of GoFundMe goal)
05 NOV 2018 – $50 donated by 4 people today – $490 total donated to date (2.4% of GoFundMe goal)
04 NOV 2018 – $440 given by 5 people since GoFundMe began a month ago (2.2% of GoFundMe goal)


09 NOV 2018 – Secure immediate housing (hotel now, long-term option later)

13 NOV 2018 – Rescue Venka’s storage unit – about to be auctioned

31 DEC 2018 – Complete Venka’s GoFundMe $20,000 donation goal

TBD – Secure safe housing for Venka PAID through the entire year of 2019 (of her choice)

TBD – Secure 12 gift cards of $500 each for Venka at grocery stores (of her choice)

TBD – Secure health care for Venka like what members of Congress enjoy (of her choice)

TBD – Secure a full-time nurse, personal assistant, caregiver

TBD – Retain Martindale AV rated medical malpractice attorney for Venka (of her choice)


  • DONATE to Venka’s GoFundMe (Can be immediate, but some donations can take up to 3 business days to reach Venka.  But each donation does improve the metrics, giving Venka increased visibility on the GoFundMe platform.  Include your name to publish with your donation to qualify for inclusion in Heroteer Honor Roll below.)
  • DONATE to Venka’s Facebook Fundraiser Life4V
  • DONATE to Venka’s CASH app. (Venka can immediately use your donation.)
  • FRIEND Venka on Facebook Instagram Twitter (Be kind! Act as if your every interaction with Venka the whole world can see.  If Mark is not a mutual friend, you will have to take extra steps to prove yourself)
  • SHARE this PAGE with your friends, family, colleagues, clubs, community organizations, etc. (your circle of influence) in person and on social media, via text message, messaging apps, emails, etc.
  • CALL 5 people today and ask them to match your $5 donation to Venka
  • Donate FREQUENT FLYER or REWARDS POINTS for a hotel for Venka tonight. EMAIL to arrange.
  • Donate GIFT CARDS you are not using.  For shipping address: EMAIL to arrange. (When I was struggling a friend from Vegas visited Hollywood and gave me a Trader Joes gift card their family hadn’t used.  That’s how I ate that day!)
  • Donate a VEHICLE you are not using.  In good condition!  As of 09 NOV 2018 Venka was dealing with bald tires, one of them flat.  Her economic plight means no regular auto maintenance.  Probably an SUV or van (her vehicle is her home at the moment) with reasonable fuel efficiency (high fuel bills will not help).  EMAIL to arrange.


  • Tell Venka you PRAY for her. (If you truly believe in the power of prayer, her knowledge is not required, is it?)
  • Tell Venka she is in your THOUGHTS. (May feel good to you.  Not to Venka.)
  • Offer Venka ADVICE. (She’s received plenty.  Aim your lectures at Mark.  He has the emotional bandwidth at the moment.  Venka does not)
  • Discuss your RELIGION with Venka. (She’s not religious.  She’s a human in crisis.)
  • SHAME Venka for anything for any reason.  (You will be shamed.  And exiled.)

I regret the above section is necessary.  Unfortunately, the behavior of good American citizens in 2018, as well as my own personal experiences (I’ve struggled with mental health and homelessness), obligate me to teach kindergarten manners to adults.  Many reading this already know how to behave like ladies and gentlemen.  But enough do not.  Venka needs our help.  Not new pain.

HEROTEERS Honor Roll ($5 or more donations to Venka’s GoFundMe)

Mark Roman Empire (also a podcast) GUESTS

BUSKERS #ItTakesaBusker

Lt. Frank (Vegas90210) FANS

  • McCullar, Rick (UCLA & LA Rams fan)






  • TBA


  • Roman, Mark (Capital Market Funding, Diablo Funding Group)
  • Tanabe, Steve (Diablo Funding Group)
  • Tolibas, Travis (Capital Market Funding)