Hi, I'm Lisa. I am in my early 50's, who was let go unexpectedly from my job of almost 5 years. I am now finding myself on the brink of not being able to cover my bills and household items. I hate to ask for any hand up but have exhausted most of my means and don't know where else to turn. Bills will start becoming due next week, and I have no means to cover them. Also, struggling to buy general household items (toilet paper, hygiene products, etc.) Possibly will also have to consider re-homing my 7 year old dog, due to food and vet care just too expensive for me, and this is breaking my heart.
I applied and received unemployment, but state of Florida only gives you 12 weeks .But that has now run out and I am not able to receive an extension. I applied for SSA Benefits, and was denied. I am planning to appeal this, but due to the Government shutdown, I can not move forward with it. I also was approved for under 200. monthly in Food Stamps but that too, will run out.
I have looked for some sort of employment daily since being let go, and there doesn't seem to be much out there that is responding to my applications submitted.Many want bilingual or able to twist, turn and lift, which due to my back (surgery years ago that is literally falling apart), hips and knees; or standing for quite awhile, which I am unable to do. Many times I must use a walker. But I am not giving up. I will dutifully continue to hunt.
My youngest child still lives at home and is a full time college student. He is not finding much in the job market and is thinking of dropping out of school to open more opportunities. I just worry if he does this he won't continue his education. I am not asking for any funds towards his schooling. for at this time he does qualify for financially aid. He too is continuing to look,
I am looking for a helping hand, the amount asked for should help me stay a float for the next month. It won't put me on easy street, just keep me from drowning in bills and not have to start loosing items.
I've always tried to help others, by volunteering with shut ins, working at nursing homes, drug and alcohol rehabs, etc.
Anything you can do would be greatly appreciated. I also, appreciate you looking over my campaign and if possible share with others.