If you are reading this, I want to start by sincerely thanking you for your time.
This is the most embarrassing moment of my life and I am ashamed to ask for help but here is my story...
My name is Kaitlin; I just turned 29 the beginning of February 2021. I am blessed to be the mother of two courageous daughters; Lilly(6) and Samantha(7). I have been married to their father(Robert) since August 16, 2013; a long, emotional and traumatizing 7 years. Robert and I began our relationship at the young age of 15- a total of 14 years- and 14 years is all the time he will take from me. On January 21, 2021, while Robert was fast asleep, my children and I packed what belongings we could into one suitcase. Us three girls had finally had enough of living our daily lives in fear and agony, so we made the decision to do what is best for us.
Our relationship was not always like this, there used to be love and NO violence between my soon to be ex-husband and I. When Lilly was around 6 months old, Robert's demeanor rapidly changed into a monster, He began with verbal abuse- when he realised what he said didn't bother me it infuriated him. He continued the verbal- then added mental and emotional. He couldn't break me down to where he wanted me... so he ADDED the physical abuse. I wanted to go into more detail but I am currently bawling my eyes out typing this. In summary; for around 5 1/2 years I have suffered from black eyes, fat/bleeding lips, broken ribs, broken fingers, concussions, deep lacerations with no medical care and so much more. He would do all of this in front of my children until enough was enough!
During this time he made me quit my job at CVS as a Store Manager for 6 years, sold my mini-van so we only had his vehicle as transportation, and forced me to move from Wisconsin to Texas (away from all my family). When my brave girls and I decided we were going to run we had nothing besides that one suitcase mentioned earlier. I has been 2 months since the night we left, my children have the smile on their faces that I missed so much, I got a job at CVS again (although its a entry position, I know i will be able to work my way up to manager in no time at all), I bought a rusty old car to get us to necessary places and surprisingly(Robert destroyed my credit) got approved for a $2500 loan which i used to buy us a "handy-man special" mobile HOME!
And that is the reason I am here asking for help... The bathroom floor in our new HOME has been rotted by so much water in the past that the toilet and shower has now fallen through the floor and the water pipes broke from the weight crashing down on them. I feel like I have made it so far but im starting to lose hope, my children cannot live in a house that does not have a working bathroom or running water through-out. I have tried other loans, governma]ent assistance and asked family for help, but every attempt has failed. I have spent every last cent I earned to buy us a couple new outfits each, a cheap vehicle and our new home. I have no hope I will be able to save enough money to have running water and a working bathroom anytime soon due to new bills- such as: monthly lot rent, electric and gas for the vehicle.
Even if you aren't able or simply don't want to donate, I want to say thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for taking time out of your day to read my story,