Hello everyone. My name is James. This is my first time doing this, and I honestly never thought my life would come to this. Having to ask random strangers for help to pay the rent. A little about me. I am 31 years old. I have an amazing 6 year old son with my ex wife. We were married for 6 years, but as things go in life, we just were not meant to be. I have lived a very rough life. Not as rough as some, but it has been a struggle none the less. I lost my mother when I was my son’s age, and never new my biological father. I lived with my abusive step father until the age of 11, when I was left in Comfort, Texas at a youth camp. He called my grandparents and informed them if they did not get me and take me in I would become a ward of the state. One of the counselees stayed with me for about a week until my grandparents took me into their home. My grandfather was an alcoholic and diagnosed bi-polar schizophrenic, so my teenage years were rough as well. I made far too many bad decisions as a youth that negatively impacted my life. At the age of 17 I moved out and jumped from place to place for a couple years. During that time, I suffered through many indignities. Homelessness, drug abuse, legal troubles, beatings, etc. The worst being I received 11 staples, 23 stitches, and a blood transfusion after a beating at a local concert venue in my hometown. A couple years later I was hospitalized again due to a pulmonary embolism in my left lung. Yet through it all I overcame. By the age of 23 I had decided I wanted to turn my life around. I met a good woman, had a son, and got married.i worked hard everyday to support my family. And did what I felt was a good job. Over time however, the stress broke through the love and my ex wife and I separated. This was 2 years ago. In the beginning I lost my mind. Got back into old habits, old friends, and new troubles. I found myself every night at the bottom of a bottle. Grief stricken and overcome with depression, I contemplated ending my life on numerous occasions. Until one day, about 6 months ago I met up with an old highschool friend. She showed me I was worth so much more than I thought, and explained to me that my sole purpose here on Earth was to be there for my little boy. Today, she is the woman I hold every night and the one I call Love. Since meeting her, I have attempted to get my life back on track yet again. Found a job, got my first apartment at the age of 31 years old, the first place I have ever been on a lease. My son has his own room, and is finally able to see me whenever he wants to. Unfortunately however, as fate has it, my good fortune recently took a turn for the worse. I was let go from my job due to a dispute with another employee who had been there far longer than I had. I did not instigate said dispute, but because of his seniority with the company, they let me go. I am now struggling to make ends meet and keep my home. I have my rent due August 3rd, and no where near enough to cover it. Let alone put food on the table. Everyday I have been applying anywhere I can. But time is running out. I cannot allow myself to lose this place. To see the look of disappointment on my little boys face. The lowest amount this site would allow me to ask for was $1000. I honestly don’t even need that much. I could easily get by with $350 to $500 and still make ends meet. I hope someone out there reads this, as it is a genuine cry for help. Something which is not in my nature. I would even be willing to pay it back or pay it forward. I just need help. Thank you to anyone who reads and considers this.