My name is Shannon. I live in Colorado with my husband J and our two children 12 year old”B”, and 10 year old”C”.
We have a 2000 Cadillac Deville that we bought used a few years ago. About a year ago it started overheating. After replacing the leaking coolant reservoir, and driving as little as possible with gallons of water in the trunk we absolutely can’t go any further. We need a new radiator. I have had some people look at it, but cannot afford a mechanic to diagnose and repair. It’s now been sitting for awhile and now it just plain wont start. I’m fairly sure it needs a new battery..but we cant afford that either at this point. I am a Certified Nursing Assistant working for a float pool, which is to say; I am on call and travel to various hospitals and nursing homes to substitute for those who cannot work their scheduled shifts. I take the bus whenever possible but I am not able accept many of the shifts offered to me. By nature they are often short notice and some can be up to an hour away. I have dropped from an average of 40 hours per week to just 24. My husband works construction and we rely on my income primarily during the winter.
We need help. Weve gotten so far behind and it’s getting worse. We are now living in a motel with our kids and pay almost 1500 dollars per month for 1 room. We have zero credit and owe nothing to anyone, but no credit is somehow worse than bad credit and we couldnt get a loan for a pack of gum even if we had a cosigner, much less be approved for an apartment or car loan.
I am asking for help with a car. Or for help with the cost to repair the one we have. A new radiator is somewhere around 100 dollars on amazon. A mechanic is somewhere around 350.00 plus parts I’m estimating. A battery is about 90.00 at walmart. A used car would also be so helpful. We dont care what it looks like of course. But we are hoping that it will be reliable and sturdy. An SUV type would be ideal because of our kids, but we want to limit our impact on the environment as much as possible.
I am hoping that by some cosmic miracle that someone might actually see this. My husband doesn’t even know I’m writing this. Hed say I’m crazy. But, imagine if it could happen? What if it could? What if you, oh cosmic reader, should see this? Are there really people out there who would help some random stranger they’ve never even met before like this? I will be…so very grateful to whoever might respond. WE would be. All four of us. And to whoever might respond I’d like to say advance, that we thank you. For your kindness. For your consideration and thoughtfulness. And we appreciate all who read this. Whether they reply or not.