The Time is Now to Help
Struggling after fall, injury
October 20, 2010 | 07:43 AM
I am a mother of two children. We are third generation Americans struggling financially to live in our country. Why are so many Americans fighting off homelessness? I live day to day in absolute fear of my children and I becoming homeless.
It has been a rough year for me due to my health. I fell last winter and broke my leg. I lost my job right before my fall. There were complications and my leg needed surgery. I was laid up for several months while trying to care for my children on my own. My ex-husband has abandoned us and moved out of the country in order to avoid child support. My mother helps as much as she can, but she is caring for my father who has Alzheimer's. They live in a small one bedroom apartment. My father cannot be left alone anymore and he gets very confused around my children.
I have been looking for work but jobs are hard to find with so many unemployed. I lost my car a few months back because I couldn't make the payments anymore when my unemployment ran out. I borrow my mom's very old car when I need to drive anywhere. In exchange I run errands for her.
A few years ago I saw this true story about a father and son who became homeless. They were using public bathrooms to wash up and eating out of dumpsters. Each day was like a living hell for them. I remember crying for them. Now I find myself facing the same terrible situation. Please help us. I don't know what to do.
Jobless, Injured Mother
I like to see enthusiasm for work when people are physically capable. When they are not it is a different story. I see so many seniors working now to try to get some extra income beyond their insufficient Social Security. I see people with many physical and mental challenges, eager to try to support themselves. This mother was eager to support herself. She did not like asking for assistance. When we met I realized how bad this woman's fall must have been. She still walked with a bad limp.
The woman said her husband had been a good father but then began to drink after he lost his job. He left his children without even a goodbye. She is very hurt by his lack of feelings for even his own children. She began to cry telling me how great their life had once been, before his alcoholism. She struggled without child support but still got by until she lost her job last year, and then slipped on the ice and severely broke her leg this past winter.
She did not have health insurance and her injury was much worse than she even imagined. Her leg was broken in two places and required surgery. Then she got a staph infection in the hospital. She was laid up for several months and became very ill. Her children had been a big help to her during her recovery. They even helped her to her feet from the couch when she needed to get up. Her mother would drop off food for them a few times a week and do laundry.
Her rent was extremely reasonable and she really wanted to be able to stay where they were. When she found a job it would be much easier for her to afford the overhead at the apartment they were renting. I made a call to a friend I knew was looking for some office help. This mother had a degree in marketing and business and could put it to good use. She made an appointment for an interview the following week. I asked if she had anything suitable to wear to the interview and she said she did not. She had not been working in an office setting previously so she did not have the proper work attire. I referred her to several outlets for clothing and supplied her with gift cards for suitable clothing for both herself and her children. I also provided her with information for additional assistance from Health & Human Services.
The only thing she would need was a reliable car to get her back and forth to work and to the day care center. We made arrangements to supply her with an upcoming donated vehicle. We also brought her rent and utilities up to date. We provided her with grocery gift cards to supplement the food she received from the food pantry.
I called her after her first day at work. We had gotten a used vehicle repaired and ready for her just in time. She was very excited to tell me about her first day. She said she felt right at home with the employer and the office. She felt proud to be dressed for work each day in professional looking attire, supporting her family on her own. She was another of our fellow American's eager to work in this ongoing recession. The last time we spoke she cried, thanking The Time Is Now To Help, for putting their lives back together and removing their fear of becoming homeless.
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Health & Happiness, God Bless Everyone, W.C.
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