|| Richfield, MN || Submitted: 2021-03-29
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I've Been a Server for Over 30 Years, but COVID Has Kept Me Out of a Job & is Threatening My Home!
Until the beginning of the pandemic I worked hard as a banquet server at a local hotel. I'm 64 years old, and for the majority of my life, I worked as a banquet server. I really enjoyed my job and my coworkers, and honestly, I haven't really ever worked anywhere else or in any other field. Even though the nature of my work made it so that for most of the year I live paycheck to paycheck, I was still always at least able to take care of all of my monthly obligations financially.
However, I was laid-off as a result of the pandemic, and I've been having a really hard time ever since. Like a lot of other people in my industry, I've been out of work for over a year now. Until recently, I've been able to manage my bills using unemployment benefits and my stimulus checks; however, those have run dry over the course of a year now, and I'm having a hard time getting my unemployment benefits renewed. My greatest fear now is that I'll be evicted before I can either find work or get my benefits restored in full.
Since losing my job, I've wanted nothing more than to get back to work doing what I love. I haven't had any luck finding work though, and I'm worried that this gap in employment coupled with my age will make it hard to find employment even as things begin to reopen. On top of that, I'm about a month behind on my rent and am worried that I could be hit with an eviction filing any day now. If I can't find help with my rent, then I'll continue to get further and further behind and will be unable to catch up when the eviction moratorium expires. This has caused me many sleepless nights and getting this help would save my home and allow me to focus on getting back to work for good. I would be so thankful to everyone who lends me a generous hand in keeping my home through this difficult time, and I promise to pay it forward every day that I possibly can.
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