They started their journey to Arizona to relocate as a vacation. The plan was for John to start up his business while the family vacationed and visited with friends and family.
"The business didn't just snap into place and we started running out of savings," said Suzanne. The family had enough income while camping to eat and provide basic needs but not enough to save up for rent and deposits.
Their five kids range in age from 8 to 18.
With temperatures starting to cool down, they launched the site to raise money for rent a home.
"We're not looking at this as a bad experience," said Suzanne.
The kids are homeschooled and use on-line resources.
"If we took out the fact that we are homeless and just sold the gifts, I think it would work, too," she said. "I think what we are offering is definitely worth a dollar."
So far Suzanne says they raised a couple thousand dollars and she is hopeful that getting into some temporary housing will help speed up their process. She says she is hopeful Jon will be able to find better business and work opportunities.
Suzanne hasn't put a dollar figure on the minimum needed in order for her to start to pay it forward. She originally thought it would take a few thousand dollars since she said the family sold most of what they had from their Idaho home before coming here.
"It really makes you reevaluate what you need and what you don't need," said Suzanne. "The kids have learned so much and I've really watched them grow."