Needs Update : 8/1/2013

Updated 8/01/2013

donations-accepted

We still need to raise approximately $ 1, 200.00 in this effort. $300.00 of which is NEEDED immediately.

The balance will go towards making our home habitable again after a year or so of ill-repair due to living well below the poverty line and not being able to maintain our home properly.

1) Garbage Disposal Needs ( an accumulation of household garbage stacked up on our porch ( badly needed outdoor living space ) that needs disposing of. The cause is from from not being able to pay for our regular trash service for several months , and then an escalation of the bill long after service was stopped )

We have been able to deal with some of this already but unfortunately, we under-estimated what it would cost to remedy this issue.

2) Septic Service ( within a month of moving in, we realized this problem but remedied it by not using our washer. But the problem is back with a vengeance. Bottom line, our septic systems needs pumped out )

3) Home Maintenance & Repairs to include a major plumbing fix Right now we can’t use our kitchen sink at all and our only water source is in the bathroom.

4) We desperately need to purchase a used washing machine.

Donations are GLADLY accepted through Pay Pal , GOFundMe or Snail mail. Gift cards help too!

PLEASE VISIT OUR DONATION PAGE

PAY PAL is the easiest way for me to access ( and make use of ) funds immediately!

If you have a paypal account, you can send funds using our email address which is allbuthomeless@gmail.com

OR if you’d like to donate to any ( or any portion of one item ) directly to specific entity, PLEASE LET ME know.

I will GLADLY provide specifics for individual needs per your request.

For instance, my mortgage holder can be paid directly. She has a paypal account or I can provide a mailing address.

Same goes for the disposal services and a few other items listed here.

Smaller donations, even $5, $10, $20 add up too!

Thank you so MUCH for anything you can do. God Bless You All!

Free Fall and Psychological Fall – Out

Please let me begin by saying I generally have a positive outlook on life, and wake up each morning counting my blessings and always have. Besides I have strong survival instincts and have always been pretty resourceful.

And then, the last eighteen months happened.

Lets see… Where shall I begin?

When we first arrived we had a couple grand to work with. The mortgage had already been paid for the month and the thinking was.. : How tough could it be to find a couple of jobs, even if they were only part-time? It didn’t happen, and another month went by, and still nothing.

Now we’re scared!

With in a few months we were frequenting local food banks and for the first time EVER, applying for federal food assistance.

The little money we were making went to gas, toiletries and every day household incidentals.

There was nothing left for anything else. There were no more trips to the nail salon and regular haircuts became a problem for my husband.

We also began having a septic system problems which left us unable to use the washing machine, otherwise water would back up into the sinks, tub, toilet, etc..

This continues a be a problem. It really needs to be pumped out.

We eventually sold the washing machine and started washing our clothes in a tub. We used the drier until the belt broke from not being able to wring the clothes out properly.

It wasn’t long before caring for our basic needs became a very real issue.

There was absolutely no money for household maintenance.

Finally, a job offer came and I started working for a national hotel chain. But it didn’t matter because within days, my car stopped running due to an electrical problem under the dash. With no transportation there was no job. My net pay for the week was $112.00 of which I probably put half of that in the gas tank. The car was towed to a mechanic and it cost $200.00 to fix it.

It was during this time, we took on a roommate to help with expenses. That turned out to be a nightmare, and she lasted three weeks.

So many little things happened that by themselves would be nothing but with no money, seemed insurmountable.

The worry and stress alone is enough to kill you.

Yet asking for help, is downright demoralizing. And especially from family and friends, it was like trying to pull teeth. Eventually you stop asking for fear of straining these relationships any further. ‘Out of sight, out of mind too’, I guess because noone seems to ask how you are faring. That’s another thing I noticed.

You try to tell yourself that the struggle is just temporary BUT it just seems to go on and on and with very little relief.

Self-esteem plummets and depression sets in.

Do you have any idea what all this does to ones psyche?

I can tell you first hand, it’s devastating!