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COVID-19 Essential Worker
Imminent Loss of Utilities
Temporary Loss of Income


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With Schools Here Closed for Almost a Year, I Fell Behind On My Bills & Need Help Catching Up!

My Story:

I'm a 60-year-old woman and a mother to one son who's grown up and moved out a long time ago now. I've always been a hard worker and have managed to survive because of that. I take all of the hours that I can get anywhere that I can get them. I work in the kitchen for Chicago Public Schools, and I've been doing that for six years now. I like my job, and it's always paid me enough to get by until the pandemic started.

When the Covid-19 pandemic began, the schools closed down and my hours dried up. They've started getting closer to normal again, but I still am getting paid far less than what I was due to the pandemic. It's made it difficult to get by on all of my bill and trying to catch up on them has been impossible. I'm worried that if I continue to get further and further behind, I'll eventually lose service on my utilities or worse, I'll eventually lose my home. That's why I'm humbly requesting help with catching up on my light and water bills.

If I can get caught up on these two bills, then it'll free me up to be able to pay other bills that I'm behind on. It would be a huge step in the right direction for me in terms of getting back on track, but even more than that it would ensure that I don't lose my water and electricity in the short-term. I'm picking up as many hours as I possibly can but until kids start coming back to school full-time, I'm not going to be able to return to earning the income I'm used to. With that being said, I would be so thankful to get this help to tide me over until things return to normal. I will do my best to pay it forward every day, and I will never forget your generosity and compassion. Thank you.

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