My name is Reshundra but most call me Shun for short. I currently reside in Birmingham, AL. I’m a single mother of two teenage children that I devote my whole life to. There is alot that I want to be able to provide for them but unable to because I have fallen behind on bills. In March 2022, the kid’s father stopped paying child support. It has become a financial burden for me to pay bills and aftercare expenses, not to mention other bills that are mandatory. He is currently 12,000 behind in back child support, which I had no choice but to take him to court. This eventually led him at the county jail for 7 weeks and still no support coming from him at this time. I’m currently working a part time job of 28 hours a week and odd on-call jobs (independent contracting) to make additional money.
I divorced their father back in July 2018 due to irreconcilable differences (different religions). There were also other transgressions that eventually led me to walk away from the marriage. My immediate family was not financially stable enough to take us in so I had to live in a shelter after the separation. The local shelter placed us in transitional housing for a year until I found something long term. Because of my ex husband’s emotional abuse, I sought housing at the YWCA. The YWCA provides housing to mothers with children that have experienced abuse of any kind. I have lived here for 5+ years.
While living at the YWCA, I have gone back to school and obtained a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. I am currently seeking work fulltime in my field so that I able to support my kids without the help of their father. The financial strain has caused me to take out loans and deplete my 403b to pay for school throughout the year. It has not been easy trying to make ends meet and having to choose which bill is more important to pay first, only to still be in need of a necessity. I’ve been working really hard to set a good example for the kids and be the best mom that I can be, despite the heavy load that I carry.
I plan to use the funds for bills, debts, loans, groceries, eyecare, clothes/shoes, business investments, Summer travel and possibly moving into a bigger space before the kids return back to school in August.
Any contribution would be greatly appreciated. God bless.