Funded 09/21/2023
Self-Sufficiency Grant

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This person has left the following thank you note:

User-submitted image -  Click to see real sizeWords truly cannot express my heartfelt appreciation for your incredibly generous donations. Your support is instrumental in helping individuals like me rebuild their lives after a challenging divorce; and for that, I am so profoundly grateful. Your willingness to give so generously demonstrates your compassion for those of us who are navigating the often-tumultuous journey of divorce. By providing these donations, you are providing essential resources and support to individuals seeking to rebuild and thrive. It is truly a lifeline, allowing the opportunity of healing for someone who has experienced the pain and upheaval of a particularly challenging separation. You all play a pivotal role in helping me move forward with resilience and strength. In addition to the financial support, your donation represents a beacon of hope for all of us who have faced the profound changes and uncertainties that divorce can bring. Your mission inspires me to persevere and reminds me that, even in our darkest moments, there are compassionate souls like you who care deeply about our well-being. Through your generosity, you are paving the way for the start of a new chapter in my life, which never would have been possible otherwise. I value you not only as donors but as a partner in empowering me to overcome the obstacles life throws my way and to embrace new beginnings with a magnitude of optimism that I never imagined possible to achieve. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your incredible support. I hope this serves as a reminder that the difference you are making in others´┐Ż lives will never go unnoticed. Your kindness and generosity will be forever remembered and cherished as I continue my journey toward healing and growth. With profound gratitude, Makenzie

I Am Divorcing My Financially Abusive Ex-Husband, but My Credit is in Shambles. I Need Help Moving!

My Story:

I am a 28-year-old college graduate from Upstate, NY. I have a goofy orange cat named Rambo who is my whole world. I've been figure skating since I was 5 and also have a passion for singing. I once had dreams to pursue a career in Social Work, but I got married very young to a man in the military and found myself tenured as an employee at the popular pet chain Petco.

My soon-to-be-ex-husband has always been very irresponsible and impulsive with money, often leaving our then-joint bank account in the negative with no food in the house, bills going to collections, and no gas in my car for me to be able to get to work. I was working full-time -- overtime whenever I could -- doing manual labor that resulted in me having to go to physical therapy for repetitive motion injuries. After he was discharged from the military with Veteran's benefits, he sat back controlling all the money I earned while I sacrificed my physical health to keep our heads above water. I would hardly see a single penny of my paychecks before he spent it all frivolously. Whenever I brought up my concerns, he always had a reason to justify it. He coerced me into taking on a lot of debt for unnecessary things he wanted that have left my credit in shambles. I wasn't allowed to have an opinion on his spending habits because I wasn't the one paying for everything.

I was stuck in that vicious cycle for nearly 7 years, bordering complete poverty before my mental health spiraled. After a suicide attempt, I separated from my husband and opened my own bank account. I developed an anxiety disorder that has led to me not being able to work full-time without daily panic attacks. I sold a good amount of my belongings in a desperate attempt to keep my bills paid. After mutually agreeing that divorce is the best option, I'm now waiting for the judge's signature for it to be finalized. A friend of mine from Petco has offered to become my roommate as a chance for me to get a fresh start.

This one-time assistance with a U-Haul rental that I'm going to need to move across the country would help me tremendously. My destination is 1,800 miles away, and I also must rent the tow-dolly to tow my car behind the truck. Because of my poor credit and the fact that I am only working part time now, I cannot take out a loan to cover the expense. I really have exhausted all my other options, and I'm worried that I am going to be left stranded. I have nowhere else to go and can't afford a place on my own. I am risking becoming homeless if I can't make it out to Colorado.

This generosity will allow me to get out of this 7-year-long nightmare once and for all. It will give me the chance to start anew with a clean slate and not only allow me to work on re-gaining financial independence but also recover emotionally, rebuild myself, and leave all the trauma I've endured behind. This kindness would facilitate me being able to become my own person again.

As of 2023-09-21, this application has been fully funded!

This request for help was funded at the recommendation and through the support of Modest Needs' donors.