Today's application of the day comes from a single mother and grandmother who has worked hard all her life to provide for her family. She holds two jobs to help support a household that includes three of her four children (the fourth is a Marine stationed away from from home), and helps give back to her community by working with developmentally disabled adults. Things were going okay for the family until their car, an absolute necessity, broke down. Now this mother is faced with an impossible decision: use what money she has in the bank to fix the car--her only mode of transportation to get to work--or pay the rent. Her choice is between joblessness and homelessness. Read on to learn more about this mother in her own words, and to discover how you can help save this family:
"Hi, my name is Susan and I have four children and a granddaughter, all who live with me. My oldest son is a Marine so he is not living with me right now, but comes home occasionally on leave. I work with developmentally disabled adults. I also have a second job filing at an insurance company. I have been a single mother for 18 years and have always worked hard to provide for my children.
I am asking for help with a repair bill for my car. As a single mom the biggest stresser to me has always been my car! I have never had a new one and I seem to have the worst luck with any car I have owned. This car just shut off last week while I was driving with my son. My car is my only means of transportation for so many important places--my children's doctors appointments, getting to and from two jobs, etc. I also need it to be safe for my children and granddaughter. It would help me so much if you would consider my request for help with my car repair.
At this point the money I have in my bank account is to pay my rent. If I used that money to pay the car I would not be able to pay my rent. I always try to put my rent first because I can't afford to be homeless with so many people depending on me to take care of them. We absolutely need this car to survive.
I already work a part time job. At this point I have no time to work any more jobs because I help with my granddaughter, my daughter is trying to go to school at night, and I need to be at home to take care of my 8-year-old son. I am, however, going to try and save a few dollars a month for unexpected expenses such as this.
We would so appreciate it if you could fund our request. I try to be a good person and always have a smile on my face! It is just a wonderful thing when people reach out and help other people...it is something I am trying to teach to my family. I try and teach them how important it is to be a good person. It would be so wonderful to show them what happens when good people come together to help those in need. Thank you for considering this request."