I came from NOTHING, and grew a business to where my husband and children and of course myself, had EVERYTHING we could ever dream of. In 2016, we lost it ALL. Our business was shut down (a competitor undercut us and even though we tried to renegotiate with our clients, they decided to stay with the competitor). We lost our house, our cars, exhausted our 401k. We filed bankruptcy. We sold everything else that anyone was willing to buy. This floated us along during our job search. We both gained employment (finally!) and were just barely making ends meet, and ended up on food stamps, which somehow, for whatever reason, we no longer qualify for. My husband lost his job in October, and has not been able to find ANY work. It is embarrassing starting over at almost 50 years of age, and ageism in the job market is a REAL THING. Although my salary is $39k, after deductions, I only bring home $30k. We are three (3) month’s behind in our rent ($1,500/mo) and I am certain the eviction process has already begun, and our bills are also behind. We are in serious trouble. One of our dogs became so ill, we had to put it down because we couldn’t afford the vet – and we put her down the “old fashioned way”; something I wouldn’t wish on ANYONE to have to do. We also live on a farm; our animals are suffering. Trust me, we have tried to sell or re-home them, but without any luck. I have horses that need farrier work and feed. I have a mini horse that is pregnant. We live in a rural town in a small county, and the jobs are few and pay very VERY little. My husband was commuting 200 miles round-trip every day for his last job. We don’t have any family, and our friends have pretty much abandoned us (you have to “pay to play”, as the saying goes…. fair-weather friends, I guess). Our house and water is heated by propane, which we have not been able to have filled for two months. I feel such an immense amount of pity for my children. I had to keep a child home from school because they had a field trip and I had to choose between $5 for the field trip, or $5 for gas to get to work. I don’t even want to go into what Christmas was like. It was pitiful.
I never thought it would come to me begging for money from strangers on the internet, yet here I am. I am praying that someone will have mercy on ALL OF US that are posting on this site. We need help DESPERATELY. We REALLY need a job for my husband that pays a living wage… but in the meantime, any financial assistance would truly be a blessing. I’m attaching a photo of our last bank account’s balance as of this morning. It is always going into the negative. I hate living like this. Thank you for your consideration.