Howdy! You’re reading this because you probably received one of our masks and have some questions. Here are your answers!
1. Your mask can be washed in the washing machine.
We prewash the fabric we get so it should not run or bleed once you get it. That said, if you want to wash it on its own first that probably isn’t a bad idea as I purchase the fabric. I don’t make it.
2. Your mask will fit a filter.
There is a 3″ gap at the top of your mask that you can use to insert a filter. Filter materials vary, but many folks use either coffee filters or shop towels. I’ll make a video showing how to insert a filter later, but for now just know that you can insert a filter if you like.
3. Your nose piece is replaceable if it wears out or falls out.
Just turn your mask inside out and look on the back side of the masks. There is a seam sewn in the middle of the mask. Lift up the flap and insert the nose piece through the middle section above the seam. I use pipe cleaners for the nose pieces, but a small piece of low gauge wire works too.
4. If your mask is too big:
You can tie off the elastic bands to make them smaller.
5. If your mask is too small:
You can make some extra elastic lengths and tie them in to the existing elastic. Hair bands make great extenders.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned here as I’m sure this will get updated frequently.
The text below is a transcription of what I announced on Facebook Live. It may not be exact, but the vast majority of the content is the same. Enjoy!
Hello everyone. Welcome to my first live announcement of 2019 for Nelson Advocacy. This is a big one for me, because one of my major goals in starting this business was helping folks who cannot afford me. Today I can do that, at least for one lucky family.
Starting last February, I
raised my rates. In doing so, I dedicated $5 of every hour I worked to place in
reserve. I did this in order to prepay for services that I could then give to
families that could not afford me.
The reason this is important
to me is that I have been in that family. For years we spent all of our time
and money focused on our son, learning about his disability and advocating for
his needs. We drained our savings, cashed out retirements, and ran up credit
cards getting the things we felt he needed. I know how expensive this process
can be from experience, and I wanted to be in a place to help someone else
avoid some of those costs.
Today I’m happy to announce that I can do that. I am offering the community at large 14 hours of my time! That covers my initial 10 hour bundle as well as one additional meeting! I would typically charge $700 for this service, but since my community has supported me I am now able to offer this to you.
The rules are up on my
website, NelsonAdvocacy.com, but here is
the short version. To qualify you must need advocacy services for a child with
a disability in public school under the age of 22, your family cannot earn more
than $100,000 per year, and you must be in the Fredericksburg area.
Specifically you must be in Fredericksburg City, Spotsylvania, or Stafford.
Another component of this
program that I chose to include was the ability to give back to my current clients.
In this business as in my real estate business, I believe that loyalty is a two
way street and that if you invest in people, they also invest in you. I’m not
interested in customers, I’m interested in community. To that end I have two 4
hour scholarships to give to my current and past clients. In order to apply for
this, the only rule is that you have to be a current or past client of mine and
you have to use my services within the 2019 calendar year. Email, call or text
me if you want to be considered for this and I will add you to the list. This
will be a random drawing, probably also done on Facebook live so folks can bear
witness. I have a few more hours to give away, but I’m going to save them until
There is a bit of less good
news for my clients. I find that I have to raise my meeting rate from 3 hours
to 4 hours. Unfortunately, school systems have been taking more time to meet this
past year than in my first year, and while I have not been charging retroactively
for that time I now find I need to compensate my fees for it. However, the same
rule applies as before in that the meeting fee includes our interim
communication so I don’t have to track time for every email or short phone
Finally, please like my Facebook page and sign up for my newsletter. I’m committing to quarterly newsletters this year, so I’ll have a January, April, July and October edition for your edification. Sign up on my website with the newsletter sign up button. My facebook page is facebook.com/nelsonadvocacy. And if you or someone you know needs my help, call or inbox me. I still do a free half hour consultation for folks, and I promise that you will get something helpful even if you don’t hire me. This post is public so feel free to share it. I look forward to your responses, and have a great day!
I sent this out to my current clients a few weeks ago, but it has valuable information for anyone thinking of hiring us to help advocate. Enjoy!
First off, let us wish you a Happy New Year. 2018 promises to be a productive year for Nelson Advocacy and we want to start the year by announcing some changes. If growth is anything like 2017, it will be a roller coaster that will wildly benefit my clients, their families, and their education.
The primary announcement is that we are raising our rates effective February 1st, 2018. Our current $25 per hour fee is not sufficient to cover all the costs incurred running this business. We are sad to raise our rates, but also happy that it will enable us to offer our clients a higher level of service. There is also an added benefit to it detailed below.
In raising rates, we will also institute an hourly billing system. We previously tracked hours on a spreadsheet, which was not very effective. Now we have set up hourly tracking software and will be able to easily generate reports. The benefit to my clients is greater transparency and more accurate billing.
Another benefit is professional education. We spent most of our profits last year on continuing education to make Ray a better advocate. That paid off quickly for several of our clients. We will do more of that this year, which will directly benefit how well we can advocate for you going forward.
The third benefit is that starting February 1st, 2018, $5 for every hour we work will go into an advocacy scholarship fund. One of the things we noticed was that many people who need our services the most cannot afford them, and we cannot abide that. So now when we work we will also be setting aside money to help folks who do not have the means to hire us. Our clients are part of that, so you know hiring us is also helping another family who desperately needs help and can’t afford it. We will announce how it works once we get a minimum balance of $500 in the account, but it will have income qualification standards among other things.
Looking ahead, we may look at partnering with a non-profit this year to create a tax-deductible scholarship fund. We are also looking at ways to consult and advise local educators to help create better inclusion opportunities. Finally, we will be attending more vendor fairs this year and developing an “Education Advocacy 101” curriculum to help teach clients how to better advocate for themselves. If you have questions or suggestions feel free to email or call us. We are looking forward to a fabulous 2018!
Hello! This is just a quick introduction to me and my business. I will expound and add more as time goes by, but this will give you a short introduction to me.
I’m in my 40s and the parent of an autistic teenager. My start in advocacy was beginning to advocate for my son at age 3. In the last 10 years I have acquired a great deal of knowledge and honed my negotiating and leadership skills by advocating for my son and other kids in the Fredericksburg area. Its a labor of love for me, as my primary job is still as a REALTOR with Nest Realty in Fredericksburg.