I know this probably doesn’t seem as extreme as many cases but it’s been especially tough trying to raise and have our family move past the low-income status. When my mom, sister, aunt, and I migrated from Asia to America, we came to visit my very ill grandfather (my aunt and mom’s dad). He had stage 4 lung cancer. By the time we got to him, we only had 4 hours to talk and see each other until he passed away. His passing began an unhealthy, passive-aggressive relationship between my immediate family and relatives. After his passing, my relatives became very condescending and lacked any empathy towards family. This forced my mom to work 2 jobs in order for us to move out of, whom I will call my evil grandmother‘s (one of my grandfather’s sibling) house. By the time this happened, my sister and I still being too young to work, my mom had to continue working 2 jobs in order to make ends meet using my late grandfather’s jeep that was slowly breaking down. Of course, with the lack of money, we couldn’t get that jeep fixed fully. But anyway, my mom did eventually want to get a higher paying job so she went back to finish her college degree. But by doing that meant having to pay tuition with the money we don’t have. This meant applying for financial aid. When my mom decided to go back to school was the time my sister had also started going to college which meant more loans. Two years after that, I had started going to a school. And because my mom wanted the best for my sister and I, getting accepted into a UC was huge. We took it. Yet again, even more loans. By the end of it all, I alone have accumulated roughly $30,000 worth of loans for doing 4 years at a UC… Add two more people with loans… plus interest fees. It’s hard to even comprehend right now how to live with loans, rent, insurance(s), food, etc. I don’t even have a car right now so getting to work just to make sure I can pay rent, save enough money for a second-hand car, and send some money to my mom… It’s too much. I’m asking for help. I need it. My family needs it. For the most part, I just need help to purchase a car so I can get to my jobs more efficiently cos the commute from one or the other hinders me from doing more hours. I need some help to maybe pay off my mom’s and sister’s loans at least since their grace period year has ended.