Today's applicant, Rebecca, escaped an abusive relationship only to be sidelined by Multiple Sclerosis. She's battled the illness bravely for eight years, continuing to work and to raise her daughter in a safe, loving environment. In February 2011, Rebecca was laid off, forcing her to exhaust her savings in order to make rent, cover living expenses and pay for medical treatments. She continues to look for work in a difficult economy. After seven months of unemployment, Rebecca has fallen behind on a single bill--her most recent utility bill. Help with this payment could be the difference between Rebecca and her daughter staying on top of their expenses and beginning the cycle of poverty by losing her electricity.
We've got a weekend goal: to get this single mother fully funded by the end of the weekend. We're already 80% there--can you help put us over the edge? Scroll down to read Rebecca's story in her own words:
"My name is Rebecca. I am divorced after years in an abusive relationship. My daughter is 13 and the joy of my life! I have been on a roller coaster ride since 2003, when I was diagnosed with MS. The typical MS medications do not work for me. I have had many side effects to various treatments, including losing my hair. But I am a fighter and will keep pushing so my illness doesn't sideline me.
2011 has been difficult for my daughter and myself. I lost my job in February and have been looking for a new one ever since. I also had to start paying for part of my health insurance and covering my significant medical expenses. This has effected my monthly budget negatively. With all this new stress, my MS symptoms and fatigue have gotten worse.
I am asking for help with a utility bill because I missed my payment this month due to lack of funds. I also lost the payment arrangements that were set up because I could not make my minimum payment in time. I fear that I will become so behind on this bill that it could cause disconnection and additional fees/interest to my account.
I am worried all the time about my bills. I feel stressed out on top of dealing with a constant medical condition. Physically I feel very badly. I also feel sad about my ability to provide for my daughter.
In order to save money I plan to move to a cheaper duplex when my lease is up. I switched the cable TV to a cheaper plan. We do not have a home phone. We eat at home as much as possible in lieu of going out to eat. My daughter is such a helper if I'm not feeling up to cooking.
Funding this application will take at least one worry away and give me a break before the next payment is due. It also will allow me to focus on getting my rent caught up. It would bring me peace and humble me, and help me continue to fight this illness and my family's current hardships. I would be forever grateful and thankful. Thank you for considering my daughter and I."