Let me give a short backstory to explain how I ended up here.
The company I had been working at for the past three years made a lot of changes that primarily benefited the company while hurting the employees. Each month I saw my pay decrease by the $100s. This year alone, I had made about $7000 less than I had at this same time last year due to those changes. I am a single mother with a son who recently turned 4 and has a language delay (this will be relevant). With the loss in pay and decrease in hours, I got behind on all of my bills including his daycare. In July my parents, who are older and both on disability, decided to help me out by offering to keep him for a month so I could try and catch up rather than continue letting payments pile up. This would have been a wonderful idea if my pay wouldn’t have decreased even more in July causing me to get behind on my rent and other necessities.
Around the last week in July, I was informed that the school I had applied for him to go to had forgot to call and let me know he had been accepted. This was about 2 weeks before the first day of school. Still being behind on his daycare, not being able to get him back in until the balance was paid, and working crazy retail hours put me in a tight predicament. I had to either keep him out of school for the year or leave my job and pray that everything would work out. With him having such a language delay, many people had told me school would be great for him and he could continue his speech therapy there so I REALLY wanted him in school. I didn’t think a job that no longer valued it’s employees or allowed me to properly pay my bills was worth putting off something I felt like would help my child’s development. I made the decision to leave. School started on Aug. 6th. I stayed until Aug. 5th.
I am looking for work, and had hoped my unemployment (In Alabama childcare is a reasonable excuse for voluntarily leaving a job and still qualifying for benefits) would have kicked in to help me pay my important bills. I have a wonderful landlord who has worked with me, but can only do so until the end of the month and then it’s out of her hands.
I’m not here to ask for some ungodly amount just because I can. I need about $1000 to catch up on my rent and other bills for this month. Just until I can find something to start bringing in a check again. It’s very hard finding a job that allows me to still be a present parent, and outside of my parents, I have no one else to help me with him. Anything over that would be an absolute blessing to go towards my September rent which will be due on the 1st.
Anyone willing to give anything would be appreciated more than you know. Whether you give to me or not, thank you for taking the time to hear my story.