Bryan from San Jose, CA

I was homeless, now ready to take aircraft mechanic’s license tests + need help with fees

I have passed all the courses to become an aircraft mechanic, now I need to take the three written FAA examinations to become licensed.


Thank You from Bryan and Good Karma Bikes Oct 19, 2013

We just heard from Bryan and his validator and they want to share their appreciation for your support.

From Bryan:

"It is with no small amount gratitude that I say THANK YOU to all the people that have generously given me their support. This will enable me to expand my personal as well as financial frontier. THANK YOU! again to all."

And from Jim Gardner, Executive Director of Good Karma Bikes:

"I am humbled and grateful to all of you who contributed to Bryan's need. For sure, you have changed the course of a person's life. It is not an exaggeration to tell you that this will fulfill a life long dream of Bryan's. Thank you."

My need and situation

Meeting this need will help me because I have wanted to be an aircraft mechanic my whole life. I have completed all of the schooling for becoming an aircraft mechanic. What I have left is to take the FAA written examinations.

My goal is to be self-sufficient. It's not fancy, but I want to contribute to the community and be self-supporting.

I have a 20 year son who lives in Modesto. My mom in Rochester, NY is 98 and is doing well. I like getting to know the other homeless clients served by Good Karma Bikes and care about them too.

My current situation is I am in the training and intern program at Good Karma Bikes as a bike shop mechanic. I will be working on a new project with electric-assist bikes. We will be assembling them for customers. I volunteer on Saturdays at Good Karma Bikes repairing the only transportation that many people have.

Thank you for allowing me to present my story. Thank you for caring. This reminds me that there are a lot of people who care.

I'm from Rochester, NY, and am now in the process of moving out of temporary housing into my own apartment. I've worked hard to get out of homelessness, and am proud of my accomplishments at Good Karma Bikes. I have studied to be an aircraft mechanic and am now ready to take the tests for my license. I'm happiest when I do a good job for a satisfied customer.

Need funded!

Thank you for helping Bryan fund this need.

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Need funded!

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This need has been validated by Jim from Good Karma Bikes

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Validated by Jim from Good Karma Bikes (What does this mean?)

We met when Bryan came to our free repair clinic to have his bike repaired. Bryan then became a volunteer and then ended up coming onto stipend.

I think meeting this need is important because it is the last step for Bryan to realize a life long dream of becoming an aircraft mechanic. Bryan is a hard worker, he has a super-good attitude and has really, truly earned a chance to succeed.

About Jim

My job title is CEO. My work involves helping homeless and low wage workers with their bicycle transportation. We provide a path out of homeless and jobless recovery. What I like about my job is getting to know all of the clients and the people that we support in recovery.