So the present crisis seems to be resolved. However I till don't have a job which means I have only temporarily staved off the wolves. Working would be nice. Preferably at a survivable wage. And preferably using the knowledge and abilities I have.
Almost there. Just returned from court where the complaint was dismissed. So yay. And thank you.
I've been asked to hold this open for a few more days. So I will. This promises to be a dramatic week.
I'm not sure but I think I lost today's battle. When I related that I had turned in requested documents not once but twice (and to the very same person I was speaking with, a supervisor) I was as much as accused of being a liar and forced to submit the documentation yet again. I tried to remain polite and helpful as much as possible but I'm pretty sure my SNAP application has been deep-sixed. I await the letter explaining why which, if things follow the course they have thus far, will never be mailed to me.
I'll be closing this down in a couple of days. You guys have been amazing. I'm on my way out to once again do battle with the bureaucracy. Unfortunately, I expect to lose. But I have to try. Thanks again for your support.
Thank you all for your support.
Plodding along here. Haven't heard anything from HRA or the jobs I interviewed for. I've learned from experience that no news is just that, no news. Though with HRA it more often tends to be "We've done something but you'll have to figure it out on your own."
Back to court next Tuesday but I don't expect any problems. But then again, nobody expects The Spanish Inquisition.
Made good progress today. Hopefully more tomorrow.
I'll be going to court on Monday. I could still use a bit more support.
Things seems to have slowed down here. Unfortunately I made no progress at HRA yesterday and my landlord has accelerated matters. Thank you all for for help thus far.
Just spent another couple of hours at the Human Resources Administration. Don't know if I made progress or not. Thank you all for your continued support. I don't know what I'd do without you.
Just to be clear, my laser surgery yesterday was necessary and covered by insurance, lest anyone think that I've used the funds raised here for anything but the purposes for which they were raised. I apologize for any misunderstanding or confusion.
We are approaching my goal, slowly but surely.
Had laser surgery on my eye today. Get to go back for the other eye next month. Apparently my retinas don't like the neighborhood. Once the dilation wore off I was fine. And we are approaching my goal. Thank you.
So I've been told by a few people that I may be underselling the situation that I'm in. So let me try to be straight with you all. I've been out of work for over a year. I have been searching for work the entire time. I've sent out hundreds of resumes and been on many interviews. Jobs I applied for and did not get at the beginning of this adventure have become vacant again. Some I even applied to again. During this time I have depleted my savings and used up the unemployment benefits available to me. I fell behind on my rent and bills. Still I have tried to remain optimistic. As things got more and more dire at the end of last year I reached out for help through GoFundMe and I was amazed at your response. I was able to catch up on my rent and bills and make it through a couple more months. I will forever be grateful to my friends and a bunch of people I do not even know for their aid. Now things have gotten bad again. Though I am more hopeful about my job prospects other ares have fallen apart. I applied for Public Assistance and SNAP (food stamps) and waited for the process to do its work. When I got a shutoff notice for my electricity I did as I was told and delivered a copy of it to the Human Resources Administration who told me that since I had an application in process they could stop the shutoff. Last Tuesday I got a call from ConEd telling me that they had dispatched a crew to turn off my power. When I called HRA to find out what was going on they told me that my application had been rejected the day after I submitted it. Why? Because I hadn't been fingerprinted. What hadn't I been fingerprinted? Because the worker I was assigned to didn't send me to be fingerprinted. I am filing an appeal but because of the stupidity of that worker I had to start the application process all over again. I will find out whether I qualify in 25-45 days. Maybe. I still haven't received official notice of my initial rejection. When I got home from spending the day at HRA my power was off. It took two days and no small amount of begging to get it turned back on. So that was why I restarted this GoFundMe appeal. And it has helped. Do I feel lousy asking for more? Yeah, I do. I'm embarrassed and I feel like a failure. And I feel like I'm asking a lot of people who know me. I'm trying to get back on my feet. It just seems like circumstances are conspiring against me. After two very positive job interviews last week I was starting to feel like things were turning around. Then on Saturday my cat Angel was stricken out of the blue and had to be put down. I'm not sure I've even really processed that yet. Today I decided to take advantage of my new health insurance and went to have my eyes checked. I discovered that I have a detached retina which may require surgery. I have an appointment with a specialist tomorrow. Trust me when I tell you that I am enjoying none of this. So I continue to ask for your help. I still have hope. I still believe I will somehow climb out of this ever-deepening pit of despair. I would appreciate your aid. Thank you.
So, on top of losing my electricity, problems with my landlord, lack of employment, and the sudden death of my cat, Angel, I just found out I may have a detached retina. It keeps getting better and better
The week begins. We're getting close. I'm told I will hear something about at least one of the jobs I interviewed for. I'm starting to pay some bills, thanks to you. Will I reach my goal? Stay tuned.
Making my way through the day. We're closing in on my goal, though to be honest, a recent contribution was specifically intended for Angel's final vet bills. For which I am very thankful.
Tonight's update has less cheerleading in it. Tonight was difficult. It's been a bad week but I've dealt. But tonight. My cat Angel fell from his perch next to the TV and something happened. He couldn't use his rear legs and couldn't control his bladder. I took him to the emergency vet and discovered that his falling was prompted by a heart problem and a resulting clot which was getting worse by the minute. I said goodbye to Angel a couple of hours ago. He was a good cat most of the time. He had personality. I'm going to miss him. Buffy's going to miss him too. They were both rescues that I adopted at the same time. They were the same age. Angel and Buffy have spent their entire lives together. This is going to be tough.
It feels odd being a cheerleader here. I'd prefer it wasn't happening. But hopefully things will turn around. Possible progress on the job front.
We're making good progress and I'm very grateful. The lights are back on.
I remain amazed at your support. We're more than half way to my goal. Though, to be honest, the goal is really having a job. Hopefully I'm closer to that also.
Wow, we made significant progress today and I'm so very grateful for your support. Today's job interview went well so I hope I took a step towards employment.
Hello. I had hoped to be in a better position by now. How do I find myself back here, hat in hand, asking for your assistance? The job opportunity I spoke of didn't pan out. Neither have a few others I've pursued. That hasn't stopped me from looking. I currently have interviews scheduled and leads on other positions that I am following up on. I feel very optimistic. Remember, what I really want to do is work. I may be older but I don't feel that way. I am in better physical shape than I've been in years. I look forward to the challenge.
Your help a few months ago is still deeply appreciated. It enabled me to keep going through a difficult winter and my cats, Buffy and Angel, are well-fed and happy.
However, I once more find myself in a crisis situation. My electricity has been turned off and the landlord is at the door. The city agencies that I have been working with in good faith completely dropped the ball and I was forced to restart the entire process yesterday. This does not help me with my current crisis in the least.
So, once more I ask for your help. What can I offer in exchange. I can edit or help you with something written and make it better. I can advise you on creating an event. I can help in a number of other areas.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Here's the promised Friday update. Matters have been resolved. I'm not sure I can adequately express my thanks. In any case, one hurdle jumped. Now, a job. Not that I stopped looking. I had an interview yesterday and I'll hear whether that will merit further investigation in 2014. In the meantime the search must continue. Any help is appreciated.
Hi folks. I expect to post a final update of my current situation on Friday when everything will theoretically be settled. Until then I once again offer my gratitude for an amazing experience.
I've been going back and forth on this all day but I've decided that I'm going to shut off donations at midnight tonight eastern time. Does that make sense to you folks?
This may be the final update because I believe we're just about there. The fraudulent donations have been removed by the powers that be so the current total is real. I am amazed and overwhelmed by your support. It really does mean a lot. I hope that I have the opportunity to at least pay it forward. I will keep the appropriate parties updated with my progress after this page goes away as well as with updates on my Facebook page. I'm not entirely sure of the protocol.
Again, I thank you all; friends, colleagues, former colleagues, neighbors, schoolmates, fans and kind people whom I've never met.
And Buffy and Angel thank you too.
Wow. I have to say that I'm amazed and very, very grateful. Thank you all for your help. I really do appreciate it. I'm glad I asked. To be perfectly honest, I'd rather have a job. Hopefully I soon will. Don't know where. Don't know with who. It's possible some of you have a better idea of that than I do. But I sure hope it won't be too long. I'd really rather not do this again.
There are still some "questionable" donations but they don't add up to that much.
Happy holidays from me, Angel and Buffy.
I thought you folks would like to meet Angel and Buffy since I mentioned them. Getting 2 cats to actually look into the camera at the same time is difficult so this pic is a couple of years old. Angel is the black one, Buffy the white one. They both thank you for helping their dad out.
Hi, I just increased my goal. The reason I did that was not out of greed. I became aware, as did GoFunMe.com that some of the donations listed may be fraudulent. They are being investigated. Thank you all for your support. We're almost there.
I am quite literally gobsmacked at the response. I must thank an old friend from my DC Comics days, Mark Evanier, for writing of my plight on his blog, newsfromme.com. (Check it out) Though friends and acquaintances have been very generous I am now also subject to the kindness of strangers. Also one possible fraud, but I'll get over that. Things are not as close as they seem because of that, but we are getting close. Again, thank you all so very much.
After almost 3 days, between here, PayPal and other sources we are 70% of the way there. I went to court yesterday to stave off eviction and I have until next Friday, when I'll appear in court with my landlord's attorney to determine a final disposition.
I am awash in your kind wishes and support. In less than a day, between here and other sources, I am more than half way to my goal. Thank you. I'm on my way to court.
Hi folks. I've been unemployed for over a year and fell behind on my rent. My landlord has served me with an eviction notice. I've lived here for almost 20 years. I have faith that I will find work soon. I've been successful as a comic book editor, event planner, facility manager and synagogue executive director. I feel that I'm just dealing with a bad economy and bad luck and just need a little more time. I'm homestly scared of losing my home and giving up my dear cats, Buffy and Angel.