Recovering from homelessness

My name is Joseph. I live in Redwood City California. Because of the economic collapse brought on by the COVID pandemic, I ended up broke and homeless. From October 2020 until May 2021, I lived in a men's homeless shelter where I was a model resident. I mopped floors and cleaned bathrooms and followed the program. Friends of mine from Twitter were very generous last year and I was able to save some money so that when I was placed in a low-income senior housing residence I was able to start a new life.


It is still a great struggle to keep fed and pay bills. I have no debts or large expenses, but I do have to face some expensive dental work in the next few months. I am in good health and am able to work, but ageism and being "over-qualified" for many jobs has been a serious obstacle to finding suitable employment. I need only a part-time job, and I am receiving some job counseling along the way.


As a deeply religious Catholic, I have given my life to God and the Church since I was a child. I have volunteered many hours of service to many causes and donated my talents or received inadequate compensation for my work. I thought people around me would lend me a hand when things got tough, but, unfortunately I have been marginalized and ignored by local Catholic communities.


I will still continue to look for work so that I may become as independent as possible while I seek to find myself a "niche" in the Church around where I live. In the meantime I really need the support of others to keep me fed and pay my rent which is right now quite low. I do receive monthly Social Security retirement benefits and Medicare, but this amount is woefully inadequate to keep me housed and fed. If you can spare some funds to help me get back on my feet, I would be most grateful. I am sure God will reward you for your generosity. Please be aware that GoFundMe.org deducts 9% from each donation and that the amount posted for each contribution does not completely reflect the amount that I receive.


Each of you and your loved ones will be very much in my prayers!

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Redwood City, CA
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