|| Youngstown, OH || Submitted: 2021-08-27
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I'm Struggling to Keep My Home After Losing My Job to COVID! Please Help!
For my entire life, I've worked hard to care for my family and to make sure we were always above water. I raised a son on my own as a single father, and I'm so proud of the young man that he's become. He and my brother are the only family we have, and so we've remained close over the years and have always been there for one another in hard times. My brother and I had a hard upbringing, and I ended up leaving home at 17 and haven't looked back since then, always working hard to try to make ends meet for myself, and then for my son when he was born.
I was raised to believe that if you worked hard in life, you'd always be okay. Truly, I still believe that, but when there's no job to work hard at, then things get a little more complicated. Needless to say, things got complicated when I lost my job to the pandemic. I was working at a manufacturing company, but when the pandemic began, I was laid off completely. Now, it's been almost a year, my unemployment benefits have expired, and I still haven't been able to find a job that will be enough to sustain us. My rent is already a month behind, and it's coming due again soon, so I'm about to be two months behind on my rent with no way to pay back what I owe. My landlord is already threatening to evict me, so I'm in urgent need of assistance with my rent because without help, my son and I will almost certainly be homeless.
It just feels like this virus has taken everything from me and my family, and it just keeps beating us down no matter how hard we struggle against it. In May, we lost my mother, and we couldn't even have a proper funeral or wake. That's really weighed on me a lot, and it's been difficult for me to keep hope through all of this. Having some help with our rent would do a lot just to restore my sense of hope, but more than that, it will buy me some more time to continue to try to find work. I know that with this boost, I'll be able to get back on my feet again so that I can finally start to recover from what has been one of the most difficult years of my life. For this help with our rent, I would like to thank everyone who lends us a generous hand in advance.
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