I am a single mom, currently unemployed, struggling to find work. I have been getting unemployment income which ended two weeks ago. I was not forewarned, and should have been paying attention to end date but have a lost track of end date. I just received a 3 day notice to pay past due rent plus fees in full and do not have the money.
I have 2 children, a 16 year old daughter, and a 14 year old son. They are the only thing that keeps me going some days. I share 50/50 custody with their dad and we live approximately a mile from each other with their schools in the middle. Our divorce took 3 years to finalize and the custody/child support has been an ongoing battle but has been pretty calm for the last two years.
I am a Registered Nurse and I have a true passion for what I do. There have been days recently that I have thought of changing my career path but I cannot think of anything more rewarding than helping someone feel better.
I lost my job in July and have been unsuccessful finding employment. I have completed countless applications, had many interviews via phone and in person. I have a professional attitude, my appearance is the same. I am not the bubbly outgoing type, more reserved but friendly. I also pride myself on being an honest person.
When I lost my job I had to cut many expenses. I had a small savings which has paid for groceries over the last few months. I cook all our meals, trying to stretch as much as possible. We eat a lot of soup, chili, and Ramen Noodles, but probably a lot healthier than the fast food and meal replacements we ate before.
My unemployment was just enough to cover my rent and utilities. It took a few weeks to get my unemployment, during which I fell behind on rent. I have remained a month behind until November. I had been told by several people that I could renew unemployment, but I called today to find out why I haven’t gotten a payment and ask what I needed to do if I needed to renew or reapply. I was informed that doesn’t happen anymore and I am now very unexpectedly unable to pay at all.
My family lives over 1000 miles away and I have no one to lean on. My family struggles to make ends meet. If I lose the roof over my head the only option I really have would be to move “home”which would separate me from my kids. I am terrified of all the “what ifs” and am trying to keep a positive attitude, thinking of what I can learn from this. I do believe God has a purpose for my struggle.
If you are able to make a donation, I truly appreciate your help. If you believe in prayers I appreciate all we can get. I will one day be back on my feet, and again, able to help someone in need.