I never imagined it could happen to us. First and foremost, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you in advance for stopping from your busy day and taking the time to read our story.
As I am sure many of us can agree, we never really stop to think that we are going to lose everything we have worked for in two short weeks. We don’t stop to think, “hey, this can happen to us.” But, it has, it did and we are living it now.
I am a responsible individual, who went to school, got his degree and followed the path for a successful life. My parents instilled in me from a young age the value and importance of hard work and the rewards that come from giving it all you got. I did well in school and graduated top of my class and valedictorian from high school. I graduated a year early and was able to attend a College Core Curriculum for the last two years of my High School career.
I took a break of six months to work and help my parents during a very difficult time financially. Then once I had helped with the situation, off to College I went. I started off at Los Angeles Community College and worked hard to earn my entrance to USC. When I completed my education I transferred to DeVry University where I added to my pocket an education in Computer Information Systems and Business Information Systems.
My first job was with Earthlink in Pasadena, CA, where I worked for 10 years as an entry-level support tech, senior level support tech, Lead Management Support tech and ultimately as Lead Network Administrator until my division moved out of the state of California.
For a short time, I worked as an independent contractor for the Children’s Court. Those five years were truly an experience seeing what children went through to get back to their parents or watching children being saved from their parents. I was fortunate to maintain the contract for five years.
After my Contract with the Children’s court ended I was approached by a law firm in Santa Monica that I had often worked with at the children’s court. They were always having system issues that I would help with from time to time. Blessed is the only thing I felt when they offered me a position as Director of Technology and I accepted. I worked with this firm from 1996-2017.
During this time I met and married my Husband. Having seen what children suffered during my past employment at the children’s court we adopted and raised a son. Our son filled our lives with joy and completed our family. Unfortunately, our son was taken away from us before he turned 18. The victim of a random shooting in Tujunga, CA. My husband and I were left with an empty hole of sadness. We didn’t know how to function or what to do. We attended grief counseling and managed the best way anyone could have lost their child.
Then a few years later my parents and sister were in a horrible auto accident that left me in a deep depression. I lost them all and the only thing that kept me afloat was the love and care of my husband who carried me through this horrible time. Sadly this was only 2 short years ago. I returned to work and kept giving my all.
In June of 2017, I was let go from my position with the law firm I worked for due to the firm separating and closing down. Internal challenges amongst partners led to the ultimate dissolution of the firm. I was able to get Unemployment benefits that kept us afloat. Then when those benefits ran out, we used our savings. Despite having almost emptied out our saving for the burial and care of my family that had passed. We found a way to survive until November of 2018.
But, as all things do, we did run out of money. My husband who was a makeup artist and I were attacked by a group of men while leaving the pride festival last year. Both my husband’s hands were broken. His primary tool for work. We have been struggling and just can’t seem to get ahead. Sadly now we are now 4-5 months behind on rent, car note, insurance, light, and gas. We are being evicted from our home of 20 years and don’t even have the money to put our items in storage. We will be attending our Eviction Court Case tomorrow and have no idea what we are going to do. We have been working with Social Services, but because we still have a home to live in, they can’t do much.
Thankfully, they were able to give my husband and me a monthly stipend for food and medical resources. I have searched for work high and low and I am told that I either have too much experience or too little. I am also learning that middle management is a thing of the past. We have no living family that can help us, nowhere to go and are just stuck in a really bad place. My husband can not work due to his hands, and we are just surviving on a thread. We have sold everything that we possibly can, just to keep clawing at survival.
We have so many wonderful memories of our child and family in this home. The Landlord has been very patient and has event told us that if we can pay the past due rent and 3 months in advance he would let us stay. The Department of Water and Power has given us one last extension before they cut us off. The list of past due bills constantly looming over us.
I know that there must be others out there in a far worst situation. Maybe I have to right to ask for help. But, for anyone out there that hears our plea. We want to get our stuff into storage and not end up in the streets. We have only a few days or weeks as we are not sure anymore. If you can help us, it would mean the world to us. I know that if we can just get up and out of this situation we can get back to where we were. Thank you for any donation you could make to help us make it out of this horrible life situation.
Angel and Danny