My name is Greg Palmer, and I am a 31-year-old living with my parents in Elon, NC. I have less than $100 in my checking account, and since I am filed as a dependent on my parents’ tax return, I didn’t get a stimulus check at all the first time around.
I pay $100 a month in “rent” to my parents, plus $35 a month for a cell phone and my own groceries. My parents have graciously decided to suspend rent and phone bills for now. They also pay for my medications. I need this money. I need this money badly. Any donations will help with financial independence and some will be used to pay back rent.
I am on the autism spectrum, which makes it difficult for me to get and keep a job. I spent 11 months looking for work, 9 of those in Elon/Burlington. I used to work at Sears (see the picture), and when it was announced our store was closing, I got a raise from $7.25 an hour (minimum wage) to $11 an hour. I thought I’d be able to get a job easily, so I spent my money foolishly.
I did get another job in selling cell phones at Walmart. I lasted through training, but got kicked out my first day of optional overtime because I was too aggressive. Then, the whole coronavirus thing happened and I haven’t been able to find work since. I’m currently working with the Autism Society to get a job coach and find steady employment that plays to my strengths.
I am more than a statistic, or a disabled person. I am a human being with financial obligations. I am just as capable of stimulating the economy as anyone else is. This is a terrible situation for a lot of people, especially for those who have slipped through the cracks.
I’m thankful for my parents, especially my mother, for showing me how to stretch a food budget. I’ve been shopping at Aldi, which is a great way to save money.
If you’re wondering where your money will go, rest assured it won’t go towards alcohol, smokes, drugs, or hookers. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You might know our church members as Mormons. I don’t smoke and I don’t drink. I do enjoy junk food, eating out, WWE Champions, and lately Forge of Empires. I’ve had to put a curb on some unnecessary spending because I’m unemployed.
I’m not looking to become a “welfare king”. I’m working to find a job. I’d apply for jobs myself on Indeed, but I’ve been discouraged from doing so until I can get guidance from a job coach. I’ve been to job clubs, church employment courses, and so on. I want to work and have a normal life. I just need money to make ends meet.