Needing Immediate Help, Please!

This is really difficult for me, putting our trials and tribulations online and asking for help. This is a long story about why we desperately need financial help and how we got to this point. Our credit is shot from everything that's gone wrong and we can't get a loan, and we wouldn't have made it this far without help from family and a few friends. I'm embarrassed to ask when I know there are more significant and important causes like hospital bills or funeral expenses. This is a little all over the place, please bear with me. Aaron and I moved to Oregon in Sept 2015 to better our lives and be closer to family. He found a job here with a smaller shop as Foreman that would be easier on his body. Since then it feels like the universe has been trying to make our lives as difficult as possible and sometimes we feel like we made the wrong choice to move “home”. We traded in our travel trailer on a larger, more livable 5th wheel and rented out our house out in Utah. We cashed out and sold about everything we had to fund the move and have a little left in savings. That didn't happen and by the time we finally made it to Oregon we were wiped out financially. We had such high hopes, but it started going downhill when we left Utah headed for Oregon and our truck engine blew up in Wells, NV. We were stuck there 2 weeks until some awesome friends helped get our 5th wheel and truck to Oregon and another that lent us a vehicle until we could find another truck capable of pulling our 5th wheel that we could afford with a full warranty. Our tenants that we rented our home in Utah to all of a sudden stopped communicating with us. They left a mess and moved out unexpectedly (on a month to month 30 day notice lease). We had no means to get to Utah to do anything so we let the bank take it when we weren't able to get all of the paperwork together for a short sale. We owed more than market value. The job Aaron got so we could move to Oregon lasted 3 weeks and he was laid off. He was able to find another job within 2 weeks, but started at $8 less per hour than the job we moved here for. I got a job at an RV dealership, which was great because I love RV’s. My position was eliminated March 2017 and I was laid off. While job hunting, my dad was diagnosed terminally ill. I wanted to and was able to to be his caregiver until my step mom’s work leave started. 4 days before her leave she fell and broke both ankles. I was now a caregiver to both of them. Fortunately I was able to be paid for the time I spent with them to cover some bills and fuel for commuting. It was a gift to be with my dad during those months. I went home weekends to help Aaron and my mama, who had had surgery on both hips at the same time. My dad passed away in September 2017. I was depressed and lost. I thought we'd have more time. So much of my life was being with him those months and a fluke accident took him before any of us were ready. It was bittersweet that we all knew he was no longer in pain, but we weren't ready for it to happen the way it did or so quickly. Everything reminded me of him and since I was a mess I needed to wait a little while to restart job hunting and get my head on straight. We are no longer making it paycheck to paycheck now with just Aaron's income because rent went up unexpectedly $200 a month in November. There are no other RV spots available and we can't move the 5th wheel anyway until several things are fixed, like the fresh water tank falling down and pulling the insulated underbelly with it (plus another 22 things on the list right now, ranging from big stuff to simple things we can't even afford to fix). While it's a decent 5th wheel it wasn't made to be lived in full time for 2.5 years and counting). Most RV parks are still more expensive than where we are at. We only have Netflix and use our phones as hotspots. No cable or internet. We live within our means. Bills are basic. Every payday there is something we can't pay and it has spiraled into a mess. We're robbing Peter to pay Paul and Peter is broke. I've had to pawn things I don't know how we're going to get back. We have until the end of the month to get our storage unit current or our belongings will be auctioned off. We only kept our most precious items that wouldn't fit in the 5th wheel when we moved. We have $0.13 in the bank. We've talked to a lawyer about bankruptcy but that's expensive too.  I got offered a job with great pay to haul RVs but that will have to wait since I have to buy items to get my truck to pass a DOT inspection as well as out of pocket expenses for my DOT physical. I'm applying for jobs all over and I've done a small amount of work through the temp agencies here. I'm going to a TSA job fair on Monday.  I am trying. But we need help in the meantime. If you made it this far, thank you. I'd be glad to pay you back when we can if you let me know you'd like me to. I'm already planning on figuring out a way to pay this forward if anyone will help us. I wouldn't be doing this if we weren't completely desperate. When Aaron gave the green light to set this up it really made me realize how dire things are right now. Thank you to anyone that is willing to step up for us. I realize a lot of people are struggling as well. I love all of you guys. Feel free to message me if you have any questions! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Beth and Aaron Miller

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Elizabeth Miller 
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