Before I begin this story, I would like to reach out to anyone who can offer me a job that I would be able to work from home as I have had to work from home for more than 20 years now to care for my emotionally disabled son. Ageism unfortunately is finally taking the livelihood of this young spirit. I'm perfectly willing to work, I can learn anything if given the opportunity, that stated, I have plenty to bring to nearly any table. I have years of experience and discipline working from a remote environment. I work hard, I will work day and night across all time zones. I'm fearless and will do anything legal and decent.
Now... to my story - I am 58 years old, I care for an emotionally disabled son. I do not like putting my business in the street, but it's this or I have to panhandle, this is where I am and only within a matter of a month.
Nine months ago, my husband of 20 years left us in North Carolina swearing he wasn't attempting to divorce me but he was only going to Florida to stay with his family to find work that would allow him to return to us as soon as possible.
When he arrived in Florida, where all of his family members are well off, he was met with a beautiful little trailer parked in a retirement community. He has been provided more than 20K by these family members. He has been through 3 vehicles that they have purchased for him as he wrecked them. He left our bills here, 3 months behind, I was unaware of this until after he left. I had just acquired a job and as I was being paid, I checked the utilities and made this discovery.
I was able to keep up with the bills and rent, sometimes working 10-12 hour days to catch up. November 1, 2019, the company I was working for released all of their American workers and sent all of our work overseas just before Thanksgiving. I had paid what I could on my utilities, but it wasn't enough for Duke Energy. Tomorrow 12/17/2019 I must pay them 275.00 or they will turn off my lights leaving me with no way to look for a job, much l;ess work. Then on the 8th of January I will face the same. Issue with them. My bill there is 1300.00 now and I have NO idea how except it was left behind in March.
I had gone to Urban Ministries for help. I spent three hours there and all they needed was my landlord to tell them he was working with me. As far as I knew he would, as i had kept in touch with him and there was no mention of any issues, he had taken my 1K monthly for the last 9 months happily. But when I was there and had secured the light bill one time payment on Friday the 13th. He called them with me there and informed them that he had filed eviction. That stopped the payment because they won't help anyone who is being evicted. I had NO idea, he had made no mention of it at all. I now owe him 4K; the 3 months my husband left and now the month I couldn't pay because I've been living paycheck to paycheck for months and doing so with gratitude.
My water was turned off, I had to pawn my dead sister's ring to get it turned back on and that's all I have of any value at all. I called my husband for help. He worked two months for some questionable pool company when he got there and they never paid him what was owed. He's not worked since. Why should he? He's living free completely, 30 minutes from the beach in Tampa. He paid for his son a vacation with him and flew him home. The family continues to completely support him, he doesn't pay a dime and lives in wonderful conditions. They pay the payments on the trailer, they pay the 450.00 lot fees, they pay his car payment and insurance, they even shop for him and bring him fresh cut flowers for his table. When I called him, he told me he has no money and that these are my problems now. He has decided not to return.
He left his cat here, he left everything. I have absolutely not one penny to pay anything at all and so I have decided I need to air my horrible situation in hopes that I will be able to keep my lights on long enough to find work, I am putting in in excess of 20 resumes a day. But it's the holidays and I don't know if I could even get a job before the beginning of the year. And then I have to fight for that.
I need 275.00 by 12/17/2019 that is tomorrow. I wanted to get this up before the lights go out in hopes that someone will hear me and help me keep my son and I in a home. As of January 6 the landlord will evict me if I cannot pay him. I just need more time is all to get back on my feet. I was on my feet enough to keep him happy, but now he's angry. While I was trying to get the lights taken care of he took that down even though I told him he just needed to work with me a little bit. He knew that would destroy me and he did it anyway and then asked them to help with my light bill so I could work. That opportunity sailed when he refused to work with me unless I come up with money to pay him.
So here I am, all utilities except the water in danger. My home that I love so much will be taken from me and all in less than one month. My son and I are worth more than this. I want to be a contributor to society, I don't want to end up in the system. My son could never take care of himself on the street and we have no family. Unlike my husband who can relax and never work, exercise in the retirement community pool, drive a nice car and live his life peaceful and I am now out of sight out of mind.
I am turning to people I know and don\t know for help. Please help me keep my home. And again if there are any job possibilities I am there! I'm a bright woman, I've lost everyone in my life. Just not long ago I spent a year caring for my mother who was dying and that was a very expensive venture, but I would have never put her in a nursing home. I worked 2 jobs, cared for my husband, his son who is also mentally ill, my own son and my mother. I promise you I am a good and very responsible woman and I will never take advantage of anyone and their donations. As a matter of fact, I would be happy to provide information for you to pay directly to the companies and landlord if it would make it easier on your mind.
I am sitting in the dark most of the time to avoid running up the lights. We wear coats and heavy clothing to avoid turning on the heat. I've applied for food assistance. Please, please help me keep this home so that I can work and create a better life now that I know I will be completely alone for the rest of my life except for my son. I have some medical issues, but through prayer and higher self development I am healing and I believe in the good of humankind.The story of my husband is far darker than I would like to reveal and I'm certain it's for the best. But I was bombed from all directions last week and had to think long and hard about creating this campaign. I know it's not your responsibility. I will pay it forward as soon as I possibly can.
This isn't any plea for Christmas, for the first time in my life I didn't even put up a tree. Although I will celebrate in body mind and spirit.
In closing, I send blessings of abundance, health, and love to every man woman and child on earth. We all deserve this and we can all have it I do believe.
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.