Adams fundraising efforts suspended for displaced Florida residents
ADAMS — Fundraising efforts benefitting two families linked by a Craigslist plea have been suspended in the wake of successive police calls to the home where they all were staying.
Police twice were called to 103 Summer St., where Jeffrey Curl, Samantha Williams and Williams' 11-year-old son, Batista Bartlett, had been offered shelter.
No arrests were made, but the family has reportedly found alternative living arrangements. The nature of the police calls was not clear.
Susan Graves, who drove to the West Springfield area last week after seeing a Craigslist plea for assistance placed by Curl, brought Curl, Williams and her son to her home.
She notified The Eagle on Sunday that the family no longer was living at the residence she shares with her husband.
Graves contacted the media last week to share the plight of the families, and she established a GoFundMe.com page with an itemized list of money needed and it would be used for.
She said that she would try and return any donations already made to the account. Numerous local residents offered financial assistance and help with employment via e-mails and social media after an Eagle story was published about the situation.
Curl and Williams told media members they were displaced flooding in July 2015 in Pasco County in Florida, and had relied on assistance from churches as they moved from motel to motel after the flood.
They said that they'd moved to the West Springfield area to share living space with Williams' father in early July only to discover they could not stay because her father lived in subsidized housing. They had to leave after two weeks to prevent Williams' father's eviction.
Information about where Curl, Williams, and her son were sheltered was not available.
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