The coronavirus hit my business hard starting in March of 2020. Gov. Jared Polis ordered all non-essential businesses closed down, including restaurants. My business marketed a training program to restaurant owners to improve food-server and front-of-house management skills. Colorado’s stay-at-home executive order went on longer than I expected and I was forced to close my business.
By August, I depleted my savings. I couldn’t pay my rent or meet my financial obligations. By November; my girlfriend, her 15-year-old son and I were living out of my 1986 Toyota Corolla.
Fortunately, I start as a Customer Service Representative with a major corporation after the holidays. I won’t get my first paycheck until early February. Each time I raise enough money working through a temp. service, my extended family and I stay in inexpensive hotels. It gets us off the streets, which are brutal mentally. Today is Christmas and we are completely broke. We are really in a bad way. But the real struggle is going to be next month when I have to look presentable and be rested for a 50 hour a week corporate job.
If it is within your power to help us out in any way, I will pay it forward to someone in similar dire straits in the future.
I have lived in Brooks Tower since 2011. My girlfriend and I found a furnished corporate apartment that we could rent for $2500 a month thru January until my steady paychecks start coming in. I don’t know how I could manage a 50-hour a week office job, living out of our rundown Corolla. This donation would help 3 lives, and make it possible to get through the first month of my new job, without losing it.
Before the Covid-19 crisis hurt my business, I wasn’t rich but I lived comfortably well. I’m a U.S. Army Veteran, a combat medic, and proud that I served our Country. If someone would have told me not to risk my life because when retirement age comes around our government will be creating more homeless people than jobs, I would have said they are delusional. But here I am.
Take a look at what is happening in California; millions of folks are on the brink of getting evicted or forced to foreclose on their homes. I had a business I enjoyed and never would have thought this could happen to me. I’m age 59…I’m going to have to bounce back quickly.
Last week, I landed a good job with adequate pay. But I need help to get us through January.
I know there has to be someone out there that finds my circumstances harrowing. Because my story is soon to be thousands upon thousands of other peoples’ stories if we are not careful as a nation. If nothing else compare how I was living pre-coronavirus versus until now! It’s a cruel Awakening.
If funding isn’t possible, perhaps someone has some airline miles and can pay for corporate housing or a hotel for the month of January, or gift cards we could redeem, anything to help us with housing, until I get back on my feet. I can meet with you of course and I have PayPal.
I’m not seeking a handout but undeniably need assistance. Moreover, I will repay you with interest within 3 months. Thank you for hearing me out. Most appreciatively, Me!