I’m writing this in hopes that someone might be able to help. I am a 34 year old single father living in Desoto County, FL. It’s one of the poorest counties in the state. I left my job over a month ago as a hardware store ‘floor manager’ due to hostility from the general manager and his group of friends who seem to be experts at gas lighting in the work place. It got so bad that I started to fear for my health. I believe that most of the animosity towards me was garnered from the fact that I would put my son first before anything else. For example if it was my day off and I was spending the day with my son, they would try to get me to come in to work because they are such terrible people that the other employees would frequently call off work. Mind you, these are employees without children and minimal responsibility. I could probably go on forever about all the specific things that went wrong, but I won’t. Basically, I haven’t had a job for almost two months now. I’ve put in multiple applications and haven’t received a call yet. The most promising job so far is a remote job that I am currently studying guidelines for in order to take an exam to qualify for the position. It’s rather exciting. I know, who get’s excited over exams, right? I’m kind of an old nerd. I’ve always been fascinated by science and technology. Anyway, the reason I am here is because I have exhausted all other options. My brother has been here to help me with food, water and the bare necessities for which I am eternally grateful. My water has been shut off for almost a month now with a bill exceeding 1000 dollars, and I’m over 5000 dollars behind on my mortgage. I have been doing random jobs on the side as a plumber in addition to various tasks online which pay pennies on the dollar to buy food every day. My car is falling apart and the internet is going to be shut off soon, which would make it impossible to do the remote job I’ve been studying for. It’s a very dark place and it’s taking every bit of light inside me to keep going. In a perfect world, I would have been able to go to school and would have already had a good job. I believe that I have always had the drive to succeed in school, it’s just that the financial part of it has been difficult. Qualifying for a Pell grant out of high school was difficult because of the expected parental contribution. With neither of my parents attending college themselves, and being a middle child, needless to say my education was the least of their concerns. But it’s really not about me anymore. I just want to be the best I can be for my son. I want to do better for him than was done for me. I think I may be able to get there on my own, but if there is anyone out there who believes in me and wants to help, I would be eternally grateful. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me.