First of all, Thank You for clicking on this campaign! Second, I just want to be extremely honest about what I am asking for, so I'm going to be a bit long-winded in this description, sorry.
My name is Jesse, and at this point in my life I am asking for help. It's not the last time I'll need it, probably, nor is it the first.
I'm asking for the amount that I am, because the end goal isn't to survive, but to thrive, which means I'll need:
1) a new place to live
2) reliable transportation
3) to pay off my tuition at school
The place I currently live in is on the second floor, and I have mobility issues, which aren't a good mix. My mobility issues also come into play when trying to go to work, and I can barely get anywhere without expending all of my energy. Right now I'm saving up for a cheap, used car, but a little help wouldn't hurt.
I'm also trying to go back to college. I had to leave after my first semester because of issues with my residency. It stemmed from the fact that I didn't have a state ID and to get one I needed my birth certificate from my family, which they refused to send to me from another state.
They refused to also let me bring it with me when I left, so I had to buy a copy. How much it costs depends on where you were born, NOT where you live, especially when you look it up on the state website. Unfortunately I was born in New York, on Long Island, so it cost me $65 with all the processing fees. The numerous people from other states yelling at me that it should be free has been very tiring and I can gladly direct anyone who doubts this to the state website.
I'm simply a very exhausted person who would love to get a second job on top of working my already 40 hours a week, but physically is unable to. If you can help, I would appreciate it.
I'm not asking for pity. Within the time of making this campaign, I've had people tell me that I don't deserve "handouts" and that I should work for what I want. I would like to clarify that I work extremely hard, and even after that, it has been difficult getting the support and accommodations that I need. I recently found a new job and I just started it on the 25th, and it's been hard to adjust. It's also difficult because I will be paid differently, and I will have to struggle for a bit before I can get back to normal with my finances.
I'm a self-made individual. I worked my way up from being homeless, and I have hit a roadblock. Again, I am asking for empathy, not pity, because most of us are a few paychecks away from being evicted.
I can't even afford the medicine I need for my mental health and physical issues.
When people online mock me for not being able to afford things, it hurts. When people tell me that they're sorry, but other people have worked hard to get the things they have, it also hurts. I worked extremely hard to get off the street. I worked hard to survive within a family that hated accommodating disability. I am asking for a kind gesture, not for people to fork over their entire savings.
I am not trying to force anyone to do anything, and yet when I ask for help, the response is usually "No one is entitled to anything". Yes, that is a fact. No one is obligated to help me, but I am asking, if you are able to, please help me.