My name is Jess, let me tell you about us and what happened. An introduction of our family; my husband is Chris, we are both 44 years old. We have 3 kids. All at home with us for various reasons. Renae, our 22 year old who is Epileptic and just recently a high risk pregnancy due in February. Renae’s now fiance, Will, who works and has moved in with us. Olivia, our 20 year old, Olivia works part-time and goes to college full-time, saving on a dorm and going locally. Olivia is studying to become a mortician. And our son, Jason, he is 18. Jason is at home as well. Jason has Autism and Mild Intellectual disability or MID, he goes to a day group twice a week. Jason has the heart of an angel. His outlook on our world is so kind, understanding & loving. Three great kids.
Last year our daughter Renae borrowed our car to run to the bank. Renae was hit by a local police cruiser while she was turning into the bank, at a 4-way traffic light area. The cruiser hit, gave a concussion to Renae, took off our front bumper, lights and did serious damage; radiator, front frame, hoses and the windshield washer thingy. Fast forward 3 months, our insurance will not cover because the police said my daughter pulled out in front of them. The camera on the cruiser was not on at the time and the cameras at the intersection & bank also did not capture anything, we were told. Our insurance covered the police cruiser but did not cover our loss. Fixing the only car we have was a necessity! I drive my husband to work in the morning, then I go to work. When I get out of work I drive home to pick Olivia up so I can drive her to work. My husband walks to his night job and I pick both up at 10pm. Monday thru Friday, it’s our schedule. So we had to fix our car. The savings we had worked to save for the last 4 years gone! Just under $6800, poof! Since then, our dream for a multigenerational home has been silenced by the changes and costs that life brings, cancer, an accident, cancer again and losing our family dog. It feels like this is now the norm in our changing world, sadly. So, I find myself here writing to the universe and hoping. We ask for help of any kind, humbly with the last of our hopes. It is so freaking hard to ask for money, it is harder to do when you’ve worked your whole life and did so with a full heart. I feel defeated and small for asking but pride and pretending is just not sustainable. Working, being frugal, no extras, most times not even enough. We are an everyday family, we run 5ks for charities like Relay, MSPCA & Autism, we love each other, we cry & laugh together, we plan & dream together. We need a hand up, an answered prayer. We truly need help and I ask on my family’s behalf for help. Much love & gratitude, Jess