I'm a 46 year old single mother of a wonderful 5 year old daughter. Due to low self-esteem and poor grades in high school, I was told that I should accept that I would most likely not get into college or be able to succeed if I did. I went on to a 4 year college, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work; I was then accepted into an Advance Standing Master's of Social Work program at another college and earned that degree as well. Years later, I also passed two social worker licensing exams to earn the highest level of certification in this field.
I have spent the past 25 years working with, primarily, inner city adolescents who have learning/academic deficits and severe emotional and behavioral issues. These are students who have often had a traumatic start to their lives and have been removed from the public schools due to significant and ongoing behavior problems. It's very emotionally and physically exhausting work but I love it!!!!!
I love helping the students believe that they can become successful even though society doesn't think they can. But this line of work is not financially recognized by society as being of much value. I have and continue to live paycheck to paycheck and most recently in a job that provides minimal benefits.
It's been a very difficulty 5 years for me and my daughter. With multiple move; exposed to multiple roach infestations from other tenants in apartment buildings, and serious financial struggles. She's had to change daycare/preschools 5 times in 5 years. We don't have any friends except the one person where we're trying to move back to. I want her to be able to start Kindergarten and stay in the same school district for years to come. I want her to finally have some stability.
I am not a materialistic person and own very little. I don't even have a real bed and I only have a few pieces of used furniture. I want better for my daughter. I want to be able to return to Silver Spring/Takoma Park, Md about 30-40 miles away, to be closer to the only support person we have and an area I loved for 15 yrs before we had to leave. I want my daughter to be able to grow up in a house, with a backyard and for us to be able to build a community as our "family" since we are on our own. The cost of housing is crazy these days; hardworking, low middle class familiies can't make it so I am putting my pride aside and reaching out for help.
I want this more than anything. I hope you can help.