We in America grow up being programmed to believe that if we work hard, raise a family and help others that we will achieve the “America Dream”. That at the end of our “career” we will be able to retire and have enough money to sustain us until our life comes to an end.
I have been living that for 51 years. I have been marred for 27 of those years and raised for boys to adulthood.
I was laid off from a job that I love 2 years ago and have not been able to find gainful employment since. I have recruiters calling me at least twice a week. I have been on numerous interviews making it to the third and fourth stage only to be told they have chosen another candidate. No other feedback given.
Depressing is not even close to what the constant rejection feels like. But I still trudge forward applying every day again and again.
My husband has been working a physical job for over 30 years. Sometimes two at a time to make ends meet. We have been living pay check to pay check our entire married life. Whenever we save an emergency fund….and emergency always happens.
We raised four healthy, happy, successful young men. Three of whom are married/getting married in the next two years. The youngest just graduated college and is headed into a career that he absolutely loves. In this we are very blessed.
Over the years we have had many financial ups and downs. Our children never going without. However, with my husbands (teamster) retirement all but bankrupt and only a minimal amount in his 401K, he will have to work for another 20 years.
I would love to be able to get a job so that my husband does not have to work anymore. The physicalness of his job is taking it’s toll on his 57 year old body.
My ask is this, we are seeking to raise $500,000 to pay everything off….mortgage, student loans, credit card debt….so that with just my husbands job we would have enough to sustain us until I was able to find gainful employment again.
Thank you so very much for reading my story.
We are truly grateful for anything that you are willing to give.
Many Blessings and much Love.