Such is the case for today's Application of the Day. This couple's finances took a hit when maternity leave halved their monthly income. Instead of spending the allotted time off bonding with her new daughter, this mother had to return work after just 7 weeks to avoid financial disaster. During that seven weeks of reduced income, however, this family feel behind on their bills and rent. Now they're facing eviction. Scroll on to read this family's plight in their own words, and to lean how you can help them stay afloat:
"I am part of a family of four. My significant other works two part-time jobs in the evening hours and spends his days at home with our two children, a son who will be five, and a daughter who is just four months old. He takes whatever hours work can give him to support his family. I work as a food service team member working day time hours. We don't get to see each other much, but we do what we can to support our family, even if that means working opposite shifts.
Just recently I took a short term disability leave from work due to the birth of my daughter. I took seven weeks leave with only six of the seven weeks being fifty percent paid. Even though I was allowed to take up to thirteen weeks leave so I could have bonding time with my child, I chose to go back after seven so I could start making income again. Going on leave took a big toll on my income, leaving me short half of what I could have been bringing in. I need Modest Needs' help to catch up on our monthly rent after a short term disability.
I'm worried that one of these days we will be so far behind that we will be evicted and have no where to live. With the winter months just around the corner, I want to make sure I can keep a roof over my family's head. I worry I won't have the money to provide the daily essentials to care for my infant, who is just four months old. I am worried and stressed out. I already have anxiety and having to worry about this every day is causing me a lot of stress. As a mother of two, I would love to spend my days stress free and enjoy my days with my children, without worrying about rent.
If Modest Needs donors funds our application we will be stress free, and we will finally be caught up financially and finally go back to the way things were before our daughter was born and I had to take the leave. We will be so thankful, and hope one day we can return the favor to someone else in need. Knowing that complete strangers all over helped us out means so much to me. There's no words to express how I would feel."