’55, Too Young to Retire… Too Old to Be Hired’

Fundraising campaign by James Catizone
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Raised offline: $150.00
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'55 Years Old- Too Young to Retire... To Old to Be Hired'

The short of it is, that I am coming off of collecting Unemployment, and have applied for approx 50 jobs, with no luck as of yet. The major factors... I have no savings, and currently no car, as my engine needs major repairs. If my goal is reached, I will be using the finances to fix my car, and pay my current month's (March) rent.

(For further details continue reading.)


In 1984, when I started my auditions for the Adult Life, by getting a Job at Thom McAn shoe store, I never could imagine a future, where I'd be writing this letter.

Yet here I am... 55 Years Old, and too young to retire, and too old to be hired. I want to elaborate on both sides of this, as I give you my situational story while doing it.

First off, if you ever have met me, and or know me from age 10-55, you will know that, I would not be the kind of person that you could say, does not want to work or is lazy.

We have had about 4-5 years of hard times, all over the board. No questions.. things have affected everyone. I will not get into the Scamdemic of Covid, because it's too deep of a topic.

The gist of my issues right now are down to a few things... I'm broke. I made bad decisions in my twenties and thrirties, that affected my credit, to almost no repair. These are probably the biggest faults of bringing me, to have to bare the embarrassment of my dignity, which I give away, by writing this letter.

Currently, I have no income right now. This is why I started this campaign, to request the empathy and kindness of average everyday people, who may be able to relate to my current situation.

I hold nothing against you, if you are now muttering under you breath, derogatory comments about me. Maybe I deserve them. But, If you were muttering... then I understand, and I thank you, but you can move on, and you do not have to read even 1 more word. I will say this, to any of you who are already judging me in a negative way, and are about to move on to check out Tik-Tok, or Play a Round of casino games, before you leave for work...

Consider... any one of you, could have been only inches away from being where I am now, by decisions you may have made earlier in life.

For those who have stayed, and are still reading... I'll get right to it.

I have no income right now. I have virtually no savings.

Last year I was laid off in September. Ultimately in the end, for labor reasons. I don't hold anything against my ex-company, but it was a major factor in my circumstances now. To put in perspective.. I was with a small company that had 8-10 locations Pre-Covid. There were 32-35 managers at these locations when we 'went down' for the Covid break.

When we came back from that break... 32-35 of those managers came back. Post Covid was full of ups and downs. Within two weeks before I was laid off, there were only three of those 32-35 returning managers still employed with the company. I don't have all of the details on any of those managers, I just knew that they were all primarily gone. I also knew that for the last 6-10 months of being there... the company had hired a new Financial Advisor, and after that.. the Labor Regime had taken over the Corporate Office.

Something else of note that happened during the timeframe of 2019-2020, my 2016 Hyundai Accent had a major engine failure and needed an engine replacement. The Power train Engine warranty was 100,000 mile warranty. My car Had 88,000 miles on it. Hyundai Adamantly would not cover it, because I did save every oil change receipt, showing a steady flow of 3000 mile oil changes, in those 5-6 years. I spent a year fighting with Hyundai over this, and lost.

With my bad credit, I couldn't get a new car, or even newer used car. I ended up buying a 1993 Chysler Lebaron from my nephew for $1000. Great find, and quick fix at the time.

Now.. with regards to my employment history... I have worked 40 years full time, and have had less than 18 months of Unemployment the entire 40 years. This includes the past 6 months.

My Unemployment payments ended last week. I currently do not have an income flow, except $23 a month in SNAP (food stamps).

I have applied for probably 50-60 jobs over that past four months. I have had 0 return calls or emails.

Don't be fooled, the job market is not nearly as good, as it's made out to be.

Something else that has my hands tied on finding a job right now, is the fact that my $1000 Chysler Lebarron, needs at least a head gasket surgery, and most likely more than that.

Ok.. so what else can I do … Jobs online where I work from home... I'm trying... Applied for many... no answers back as of yet. Take an Uber to work and back every day... Have you seen the costs on Uber lately?.. The costs per week would not justify doing this. (although it may have to come to fruition in the next month).

The reality is.... No one wants to hire a 55-56 years old white man. That's the truth sorry. But when companies see applications, they are not even reading mine first. I am certainty not ending up on the top of the pile of 'to be called'.

The second reality, I am two weeks behind on my rent... I have many bills that I've fallen behind on, that I fear will end up falling way behind on, as the weeks continue.

Since My Unemployment benefits have been exhausted, I cannot get any Governmental help apart from the SNAP ($23 a month) card.

I know everyone of us have financial issues... because I live in America.

I am looking for help, to be able to eat, pay my rent and or fix my car. All of these things would certainly put me in a better place.

I'm very sorry to offend anyone whom has it harder than me right now. Or anyone who is just bitter and vile, and are pissed off at me, for writing this letter.

But... for those of you who might even consider any generosity... then I am in you good graces and thankful to you, to a degree of which I'd hope to return to you one day.

If you do donate and are interested in reading one of my Original Written Feature Screenplays, then I'll offer you the opportunity...


Donate $10 or more, and I will send you an email PDF copy of the Screenplay of your choice, from my collection.


Writing this letter, is an admission of myself, out-loud and bared to the world... of my failures.

These are deep emotions for which I'd never wish upon anyone.

But, the reason the affect of what admitting these things, out to the world means.. is that I don't judge myself by these anymore.

I judge myself by the eyes of my children, and my most inner circle.

They don't judge me, they are proud of me, and as a family we buff out the flaws and we move on stronger together.

Thank you for reading this letter, and I wish all of you and your families, best wishes for a bright future.


Jim


You can donate via the links outside in the checkout area... or here...


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https://paypal.me/JamesCatizone


Venmo

https://venmo.com/u/Jim-Catizone



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I'm Jim, An average everyday kind of guy. I grew up in Pennsylvania, USA. I am ultimately trying to make career of writing . Hoping that starts here.

I'm Jim, An average everyday kind of guy. I grew up in Pennsylvania, USA. I am ultimately trying to make career of writing . Hoping that starts here.

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  • Guest
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  • Travis Calvert
  • Donated on Apr 04, 2024
  • Keep up the hustle and hopefully some doors start to open. Love ya buddy.

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  • Donated on Apr 03, 2024
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  • Guest
  • Donated on Apr 12, 2024 - Pending Donation
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  • Travis Calvert
  • Donated on Apr 04, 2024
  • Keep up the hustle and hopefully some doors start to open. Love ya buddy.

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  • Donated on Apr 03, 2024
  • Sending love…

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