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After My Children's Father Abandoned Us, We're On Our Own & Need Help with a Car Repair!

My Story:

I'm a newly divorced, single mom of two boys. I have a 16-year-old who is thriving and doing very well in school and a 9-year-old who is disabled but doesn't let that stop him. My ex-husband, who is also the father of my two boys, has completely cut us out of his life, and my sons haven't seen him in over a year. My sons have been really emotionally impacted by this, and my youngest son is taking it very hard. Adjusting to being a single mom has been difficult, but I know that I'm the only one my children can rely on, so I've stepped up and am focused on being the best mother that I can be to them.

I work full-time with Americorps, often working directly with homeless people staying in shelters. I love my job and am deeply passionate about it, but it is difficult to get by with just that income. Becoming a one income household has made things very difficult for us, especially because we receive no support from my ex-husband. We've had to scramble to adjust to a tighter budget, and that's meant that we have very little room for additional expenses. So when my car broke down, it became a crisis for us because I don't have the additional income to get it fixed, and without it, I'll lose my job.

I have to replace the entire engine in my car, and the repairs are way too costly for me to afford while also being able to pay our rent and other monthly bills. We're in a tough place because on the one hand, if I pay for these repairs we'll fall behind on our rent, but if I don't pay for these repairs, I'll lose my job and then fall behind on our rent. Either way, we're looking at a scenario where we become homeless, and that truly terrifies me. My children have been through so much in the pasty year after their father left, and I'm trying to do my best for them. That's why I'm humbly seeking help with these car repairs. I know that getting these repairs taken care of will put us on the right track for the foreseeable future, and it will allow me to keep working hard for the sake of my children. For that, I would feel very blessed and grateful to receive this generous assistance.

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