Heyyy Markiplier, I am writing to you today to humbly request your help with a financial donation during one of the most challenging points in my life.
I have included a short video introduction (1:47) explaining the basics. There's also a TL;DR section right below the video, aaaand, if you scroll down towards the bottom you can see the donation range I am asking for and how I divided the amount into individual, detailed categories.
I have been transitionally homeless to homeless throughout most of 2022, and with your help I will be able to implement my plan to end my homelessness and completely turn my situation and life around. I can put myself and my dog Roger in a safe, stable, and healthy home without the constant fear of being kicked out of ending up homeless again.
I realize that with your popularity you stay busy and likely have people and groups often asking you for help with donations regularly.
Because of this, and with great respect for your time I created this one-page site just for you with text and photos of why I am asking for a donation.
There are images below that explain how much I am asking for, and how I plan to use all of it, with it all broken down into individual categories and specific, practical and necessary items.
The TL;DR of Why I'm asking you for a donation:
and with your help I will be able to implement my plan to end my homelessness and completely turn my situation and life around. I can put myself and my dog Roger in a safe, stable, and healthy home without the constant fear of being kicked out of ending up homeless again.
My 2 year old dog Roger and have been transitionally homeless to homeless throughout most of 2022, with 4 of those months living in a storage shed in my brother's yard from August 5th through Thanksgiving 2022.
During this time I have regularly eaten expired food from the deep freezer and have had several moments where I would go for a day or two without eating, and where the weather would routinely dropped to 25 and 30 degrees.   (Photos below)
We are currently staying in my nephew's room in my brother's mold saturated house while my brother and sister-in-law work through their separation and divorce.   (Photos below)
Once his apartment lease ends, my brother and my nephew will be coming back to this house and we all have to leave. He's given all of us until early April to move out before they come back in May, where I will be homeless again and unable to stay in the shed this time.
I have absolutely no idea what to do from this point forward or how to reverse my situation and move forward. I am looking to you for any assistance in turning my life around and allowing me to start fresh with the awesome opportunities that are waiting on me back home in Orlando.
My story and how I ended up homeless in Georgia
In March 2022, I came up to Georgia to visit and be around family as my Mom's health failed and before she passed away. She had been on oxygen for almost 10 years and was on Home Hospice for over a year.
She was put on a ventilator twice during October and November of 2021 so I decided after my Orlando lease of 3 years ended in March, I would fly up to Georgia and stay with a friend for 2 - 3 months and work until I came back to Orlando to work with my friend in her business.
Nothing really went as planned.
I had a high school friend that was letting me stay in her finished basement room while I was in Georgia. During that time I rescued my dog Roger from the local shelter on March 29th not expecting to be homeless 2 months later.
My friend found out in early May that she was losing her house and from the last week of May 2022 to Present Day, I have been through varying degrees of homelessness in Georgia.
I spent my 39th birthday on May 26th living on a friend's living room floor and shortly after, my mom passed away on June 19th.
I used my portion from her Life Insurance to rent an Airbnb for July, and once I ran out of money I ended up actually homeless from August 5th through to Thanksgiving 2022, where my dog and I lived in a storage shed in my brother's back yard.
As of March 3rd 2023 I have been in Georgia for one year where I have lived in 7 different places in that same time.
As of May 2023 I will have been homeless in one way or the other for the past year, and all I want to do is get back down to Orlando, get my belongings out of storage, work with my friend, and start working on rebuilding my business and my life with this new start in a safe and stable home.
However, as of April 2023, I may end up being homeless again with no other places to go, not even the storage shed.
I don't want to spend my 40th birthday still homeless and without my dog this time but I am finding it difficult to get out of my situation on my own with the resources available to me.
On top of everything else, the 1-year anniversary of my Mom's passing is coming up in June, and I don't feel like I've been able to properly grieve for her death, much less realizing that a year has already gone by.
The storage shed we lived in for over 4 months
The storage shed and cot Roger and I shared. I'm surprised it supported our weight for so long!
How and Why I will be homeless again in April

In December of 2022, my sister-in-law finally let me start staying in the house.
I've been staying in my nephew's room, but the house also has a major black mold problem, to the point the master bedroom and bathroom have been blocked off completely. However, as you'll see in the photos below, the mold has still spread into other rooms all through the house.
My brother, the owner of the house has been separated so him and my nephew rented an apartment on an 8 month lease so my sister-in-law has been letting me stay here in my nephew's room since December.
Prior to them coming back, myself, my sister-in-law, and my niece will have to move out. My sister-in-law and niece have a place to stay once they leave, but I have nowhere else to go now.
Even staying in the storage shed on my brother's property will be removed as an option this time. This will leave me out on the streets and with the strong possibility I may have to put Roger up for adoption or take him back to the shelter I rescued him from.
My brother's mold-infested house I am living in
While I am grateful and appreciative to be out of the elements and sleeping in an actual house, my brother's house is riddled with black mold. I have been staying in this house since the end of November 2022.
I am in my nephew's room and luckily it doesn't have the same problems with the mold as the other rooms, but it is throughout the house, even on items under the kitchen sink and you can smell the mold and even rat pee and rat droppings where they sneak in through the holes in the floor.
The master bedroom and bathroom are completely off-limits due to the severity of the mold and the holes in the roof, so my sister-in-law sleeps on the couch in the living room.
My sister-in-law's pillow from the Master bedroom
My sister-in-law's pillow from the Master bedroom
Off-Limits Master Bathroom Ceiling
Off-Limits Master Bathroom Ceiling
Off-Limits Master Bathroom Ceiling
Off-Limits Master Bathroom Ceiling
Master Bedroom Ceiling
Master Bedroom Ceiling
Niece's Closet Ceiling
Niece's Closet Ceiling
Hallway Guest Bathroom
Hallway Guest Bathroom
Hallway Guest Bathroom
Hallway Guest Bathroom
Hallway Guest Bathroom
Hallway Guest Bathroom
Hallway Bathroom
Hallway Bathroom
Hallway Bathroom
Hallway Bathroom
Hallway Bathroom
Hallway Bathroom
hallway shower
hallway shower
hallway shower
hallway shower
Moldy, rat eaten food thrown out
Moldy, rat eaten food thrown out
moldy rat eaten food thrown out
moldy rat eaten food thrown out
moldy rat eaten food thrown out
moldy rat eaten food thrown out
Family won't allow me to stay with them
My Aunt was my last housing option and she has declined to let me rent a room from her. With this I now have no other places to go to or live.
This is a reply from her where I asked her for a second time if I could stay at her house in one of her three empty rooms.
She's made it clear that staying with her even for a month, is out of the question.
Photos of my old clothes, cracked glasses, mental health status, and expired food I've eaten.
I have a storage building back home in Orlando with some t-shirts, but for the most part, I've been wearing the same 5 t-shirts for the last year. The only t-shirts and clothes I have had to wear up here are now all filled with tears and holes.
My only pair of glasses have a right lens that is cracked almost from top to bottom of the lens.
I've been regularly eating expired and donated food for most of the year.
I've probably eaten more expired and freezer-burnt food in 2022 than I've eaten my entire life.
I've also been dealing with major depression and suicidal thoughts through a lot of this. I have included one of my LinkedIn posts where I was sharing my depressed and suicidal thoughts during one of my darker moments back in February.
I was taking 200 mg of Zoloft a day to help with my anxiety, depression, harmful thoughts, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but was eventually unable to afford the visits that would help me renew my prescription refills, so I have been without my medication and doctor's visits for right around a year.
My only pair of glasses with a large crack from top to bottom of the right lens. I have no contacts or other glasses to wear and can't see without them
My only pair of glasses with a large crack from top to bottom of the right lens. I have no contacts or other glasses to wear and can't see without them
My only pair of glasses with a large crack from top to bottom of the right lens. I have no contacts or other glasses to wear and can't see without them
My only pair of glasses with a large crack from top to bottom of the right lens. I have no contacts or other glasses to wear and can't see without them
Some expired chicken strips that I found in the deep freezer and ate when I had no food
Some expired chicken strips that I found in the deep freezer and ate when I had no food
Some frozen and expired burgers I ate from the deep freezer
Some frozen and expired burgers I ate from the deep freezer
The left sleeve is almost torn off completely
The left sleeve is almost torn off completely
Sleeveless t-shirt that's barely holding together
Sleeveless t-shirt that's barely holding together
This is one of my best t-shirts and the one I usually wear out in pubic when I have to be presentable. A lot of times I just make this my "outside" shirt and wear it repeatedly every time I go out
This is one of my best t-shirts and the one I usually wear out in pubic when I have to be presentable. A lot of times I just make this my "outside" shirt and wear it repeatedly every time I go out
Another shirt that I have to wear out in public
Another shirt that I have to wear out in public
Another shirt that I occasionally wear out in public when I have to
Another shirt that I occasionally wear out in public when I have to
My only pair of shorts that can be worn when I go out in public
My only pair of shorts that can be worn when I go out in public
My only pair of pajama pants that I have to wear has a massive tear down the leg from my dog, but it's the only pair I have
My only pair of pajama pants that I have to wear has a massive tear down the leg from my dog, but it's the only pair I have
My only pair of sandals with a tear about to fall apart
My only pair of sandals with a tear about to fall apart
My only pair of sandals with a tear about to fall apart
My only pair of sandals with a tear about to fall apart
Feb 2023 - Part 1 of 3 of a LinkedIn post about my depression and suicidal ideations
Feb 2023 - Part 1 of 3 of a LinkedIn post about my depression and suicidal ideations
Feb 2023 - Part 2 of 3 of a LinkedIn post about my depression and suicidal ideations
Feb 2023 - Part 2 of 3 of a LinkedIn post about my depression and suicidal ideations
Feb 2023 - Part 3 of 3 of a LinkedIn post about my depression and suicidal ideations
Feb 2023 - Part 3 of 3 of a LinkedIn post about my depression and suicidal ideations
What my plans are with your donation
I have a job waiting for me back in Orlando
My friend Sarah opened her own business, Forbidden Pleasures, in 2022 and has wanted me to work with her since she opened.
She is holding a job for me back home in Orlando. Sarah and I met working at another adult store in Central Florida, where I worked for just under six years.
She's incredibly friendly and personable if you want to call and speak with her to verify my future employment.
Sarah has also agreed to sell and display my artwork, signs, and paddles inside her store so I can grow my art and woodworking business with my first brick-and-mortar retail store on top of everything else.
How your generous donation will help
I am on the verge of a tremendous change and regaining control of my life after a year of uncertainty, loss, depression, grief, and over eight months of homelessness. I stand to get my life and future back with a job back in an industry I love working alongside a long-time friend, all while restarting an artistic business with the potential to be a vendor for three adult chains.
I realize I am asking for a substantial sum that, even on the low end, could take me upwards of a year to earn at a traditional job. Unfortunately, I only have a month, maybe less, to figure out how to move from Georgia to Orlando, where all my stuff is, then find and afford a place to live while I start working.

It is a life-changing amount of money that would change all aspects of my life, not counting my mental and emotional health, all in the most positive ways.
Any size donation you are comfortable making will go towards restarting my life and finding Roger and me a safe, healthy place to live, create, and thrive. A space to call our own that is free of chaos, mold, rats, and everything else that's unhealthy, stressful, and depressing.

Before my Georgia trip to visit family, I used my roommate's tools to grow a small woodworking business for a part-time income. I made custom signs, paddles, wall art, and other home decor.
I was planning to pick back up once I returned to Orlando. However, my 2 - 3 month visit turned into a 12-month visit as of March 3rd, 2023.
Since I was using my roommate's tools, I will use your donation to purchase the necessary tools, materials, and other supplies to restart my art and woodworking business once I return to Orlando.
I will add small wood sculptures to my artwork and product list also.
As mentioned above, I already have one brick-and-mortar store ready to display and sell my artwork and paddles with Forbidden Pleasures in Orlando.
In addition to the Forbidden Pleasures store, I have two more adult retail chains interested in carrying my paddles once I am settled back in Orlando and can show them new samples.
One of those adult chains has 6 locations throughout Florida, and the other has 17 locations throughout Georgia.
I go into further detail about each category about why I am asking for your help with a donation, and how I will be using your donation to keep Roger, improve my situation, my life's direction, and my mental health.
How to Donate to my GoFundMe
I have an existing GoFundMe that I started while living in the storage shed, but it didn't perform as hoped, so I ended up spending the full four months in the storage shed up to Thanksgiving of 2022.
My original goal was to try and panic raise enough money to buy a cheap $1,500 - $2,000 car to get around and enough for a security deposit and to rent a room for a month or two back in Orlando until I got back on my feet, but that original plan never came to be.
This time I am seeking more reliable, and perhaps realistic and longer-lasting options in an effort to have a safer, more stable long-term living situation for myself and Roger without worrying where our next meal will come from, if it will make us sick if we eat it, and whether or not we'll have a warm place to sleep that isn't outside or next to a bunch of stored and forgotten about junk in a storage shed.
The image below and text below it are both clickable links directly to my GoFundMe.
Thank you so much for your time in reading my donation request.
If you would like to talk more on a phone call or a video call please let me know and we can set that up if it would make you feel more at ease!
Respectfully,
Dustin Compton
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