I was widowed suddenly, and we had used up all of our savings in the months prior on my husband's deteriorating health and he left no life insurance or will. As a result I have been thrust into poverty. While I have finally graduated from college (after taking an additional two years off to care for my dying brother and my sister) I am unable to find a job that would allow me to do this on my own in the time allowed me.
My home is in foreclosure and I only have 90 days to rescue it, I am two months behind in all of my bills, I just got a job - but it's part-time. I need a car first and foremost - so that I can continue to act as my developmentally disabled sister's guardian and to take on a second job because my own car finally died. I suffer from severe fibromyalgia and arthritis which makes doing things extremely painful.
I want to be independent and productive and a car and the ability to rescue my home would allow me to do this. I want to help other women who are in my position - finding their entire lives turned upside down just as they are reaching their 50's. I want to continue to offer solace to young people who would otherwise not find safety in their present situation. I have a B.S. in Psychology and a loving, caring heart and given the chance I can make a real difference in people's lives.
I owe several years past due Real Estate taxes (ever since my husband died), 5939.47 is the minimum I need in order to negotiate a loan modification, student loans will start in June, I presently owe 1256.24 in utility bills so I don't have everything shut off, and a decent, not fancy car. There are other expenses I haven't listed because it all seems a bit overwhelming - even to me.
I have lived in this house for almost 25 years and it has always been a refuge for others. It's an old house and over the years has accumulated a number of serious maintenance issues - none of which I can pay for right now. Many a "rented kid" has found a home here - even a single mother and her kids trying to put their lives back together.
I am not sure I could continue to do this in any other space and without help now... please help me continue to be a source of solace and support. I know there are other women who find themselves here after a sudden radical change in their lives and young people who need a place where they can feel safe being who they are.
But right now I desperately need to catch-up on my bills and then more than anything I need another car because my sister will again require extensive surgery and there is no other way to get to Oregon Illinois from Rockford (no bus or train service) and I have always been there for her - it's only been a year since she was so ill I almost lost her. Back then I had a car (12 years old) but now even that is gone.