Essential Worker In Need

Hi all, I normally would never think to do this but indeed times are dire. A lot has happened because of the current pandemic. This year, in late march/early April, my previous job shut down for about a month and laid off several workers including myself. In June, I found a new job in an in-home care facility and although the pay was much less, I was grateful to be working in a time when jobs are becoming scarce. My mother is 62 and unable to afford her own place to live so we live together and divide the rent cost. Around me, I heard stories about friends of friends who were being evicted and billing companies not being faithful to grace periods so I figured it would be best for me to stay employed as long as I practiced all the social distancing and hand washing advised by the CDC. Things were going somewhat well at my new job although I found myself digging into my savings more and more often to cover bills and rent. After the fourth month, however, I discovered everything wrong: We were not being protected as employees. For one thing, none of us had received hazardous pay from the company, and even worse, we were being exposed to COVID-19 without our knowledge—almost daily. PCAS and CNAS, etc were NOT reporting respiratory illness symptoms or fevers and were often around the patients’s friends and family who we found out much later were not wearing masks. I was finding that patient records were not being updated in a timely fashion, which is a violation in Health Information policy. Because of this, I and a few others in my department discovered late discharge records from months earlier stating that patients were dying from COVID-19. Then came the scramble to figure out the time frame in which these patient died, and which aide and nurse was going out to care for the patient. We needed to know because these aides and nurses would come to the office almost every day to pick up checks, pick up supplies, talk to management, or do PPDs testing for new hires. So imagine an aide NOT reporting a covid case although the patient has symptoms, and then comes to the office, touching pens and door knobs, chairs and desks, talking to other employees and using the restroom and after a month or so later, the patient dies, and we do not get the discharge summary till months later... That was the situation at this job and as time went on, it was becoming increasingly rampant. I thought it was just my office but apparently this poor practice has been happening in several states in the US according to this article: https://apple.news/AYeVqTgobSNOMWhRBRFeTng The LAST straw for me was when an aide came to the office with her three children—none of whom were wearing masks. The children ran about the office, reaching inside the candy dish in the lobby and flipping through magazines. The aide also used our office restroom. Three days later she called in and stated she needed to be quarantined because her daughter came down with COVID-like symptoms. My office did absolutely nothing—no shut down or deep cleaning or checking for symptoms for us office workers. One of us or all of us could have been infected, and they did.not. care. Out of respect for myself and my mother, I quit. I cant risk exposing her or anyone else to the virus. I expected professionalism from this job and as an essential worker, was treated as if I didnt matter (Pizza Fridays DO NOT fix a lack of financial and healthcare security!). By this time, my savings is completely gone. My decision to quit was a risky move but a week or so later I received a call for another job and as of now I am just waiting for my background information to clear. The process is taking awhile and my rent payment which is November 1st will not stop and wait till i get my first paycheck. I am asking from the bottom of my heart if you can donate anything to help me reach $400 (which is my portion of the rent) I would be forever grateful. I dont know what else to say but this is my story and I hope someone understands. Thank you.
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