After being employed for 51 years and never un-employed, I have been laid off.
I started working and paying social Security at the age of 12. I have been employed for all but one month (due to a layoff as well). I am a hard working man with great work ethics, a veteran of the Navy, and a faithful husband. I have worked for fortune 500 companies and managed small hotels and am willing to do just about anything.
I had been looking forward to a very modest retirement but was cut short by a year. Since being laid off in a massive CVS layoff, I have not been idle. Every morning I apply for at least 3 jobs and have over 100 rejection responses.
I am almost 65 and my wife is only a month younger. All the planning is being ruined by the downturn in employment. I have never asked for anything financially in my life and have always done my best to give back and help those that have need. I find it very hard to ask but truthfully I don’t know what else to do. My wife is still working so we are not starving. My retirement plan was based on having my house completely paid off which I am now abut $20000 short of reaching. If I don’t get some help, I am afraid we will soon be forced to sell our house and move to a care home for our retirement. All I need is anything that will help me cover the monthly payments until I can find work.
My promise to you is that 1: I am no shyster trying milk the kindness of people and 2: that anything I get will be paid forward with help and service to others that are in need.