Back in June, Kiesha Davis met Ivanka Trump and thanked her for briefly handing out food at the DC Dream Center in Washington, D.C.
Seizing the opportunity to promote herself. Ivanka Trump shared a video of her meeting with Davis with her 9.3 million followers.
“I was just beaming,” Keisha Davis recalling the moment with the Washington Post.
When Davis found out that Ivanka had shared the video of their brief meeting she says she was truly hopeful. She felt that Ivanka had truly seen her and understood her and other’s needs.
Ivanka was in D.C. that day with a couple of White House advisors to hand out food boxes from the Agriculture Department’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Davis was not only a volunteer but someone in need of free groceries.
“It was great to meet you Kiesha!” Trump tweeted along with the video clip.
In the clip, Davis describes the situation in which she and her 76-year-old mother have been living in for over a year. She also expresses her gratitude for what is happening around her at that moment.
Davis told the Post that at the moment she did not see meeting Ivanka as having anything to do with politics. She believed she was part of genuine interaction, but now months later she no longer knows what to make of it.
Davis says that Ivanka promised to follow up with her and at the time she honestly believed that she would. Days passed then weeks and now it has been months without a word from Ivanka.
Davis said she asked an aide that was with Ivanka for contact information where she could reach out to Ivanka. She was given a number that isn’t working.
“There was hope in the moment, and then after that, it was like, ‘Okay, I’ve been through this before,’ ” Davis says. “I’m used to people blowing me off.”
Davis and her mother, Annie, had been wrongfully evicted for standing up to their landlord and now Keisha worries her mother will die before they find stable housing.
Right now, Davis has a GoFundMe up in hope of raising enough money to get a car that she and her mother can live in. She says that living in a car seems much safer than being in a shelter during a pandemic. She shares that her mother has health issues that make her vulnerable to the coronavirus.
“I don’t want to cry,” Davis says, “but I get so irritated. Emotionally, I’m just drained because I worry about my mom more than anything. If it was just me, I would be okay. But I just get so mad, because how did this happen? How did this even happen? What more can I be doing?”
Davis serves on the board of directors for the Douglass Community Land Trust and volunteers with several organizations, including Bread for the City. She says that both organizations were on her name tag when she met Ivanka Trump.
Christie Gardner, the secretary for Bread for the City, says she was with Davis the day she met Ivanka Trump. day. She says that Trump seemed to hear Davis but when weeks passed, it was clear that nothing was going to come from the meeting. “Nothing, zilch,” she says.
“Since that happened, it’s kind of broken her,” Gardner says. “You can hear it in her voice. She’s just not the same.”
Ginger Rumph, the executive director of the Douglass Community Land Trust, says every time she speaks to Davis to check on her, she talks about the needs of others and not herself. She says that Davis is always trying to connect people who can help each other.
Rumph says after Ivanka shared the video Davis was hopeful.
“She was excited and optimistic and hopeful, and I didn’t want to say anything to take that feeling away,” she told the Post. “But my inclination was to think that perhaps what she was hoping it would yield, it wasn’t going to yield. This has happened to her so many times from so many different people.”
Davis says if she does ever hear back from Trump, she wants to tell her this: “We’re still out in the street. We’re still homeless.”
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