I write this on Sept 12, 2018, what would have been my mothers 31st anniversary to her husband Jim. Six days after her 30th anniversary, 13 days before her granddaughters Oct 1 wedding, and a month before her 77th birthday she passed in her sleep. After a 2+ year battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer that just recently took the life of Senator John McCain, it took hers. She had “beat” the cancer but the chemo and radiation weakened her heart and it just gave out. Prior to my mom, Gayle’s diagnosis, she took care of Jim during his 4 year bladder cancer fight. For almost 7 years any savings they had went toward expensive medical bills.
I called my step dad today to let him know I was thinking of him, their anniversary, when he informs me that he is out of financial resources and he is selling everything he owns . He has been COO for many companies but struggles to find work as a 74 year old man. He has been told he is qualified but is too old, which is illegal, but continues anyway.
The sadness of losing your wife of 30 years is devastating but along with that, as soon as she passed her Social Security was cut off and his income was cut in half. How are our elderly suppose to live when savings are spent on medical bills, companies won’t hire older citizens even though it’s against the law, and their income is cut in half when you lose your spouses social security?
I am asking for anyone who can help provide some assistance for him, whether it be donations no matter how small, employment opportunities either online or In Southern California, along with thoughts and prayers. Any amount or job would be greatly appreciated to help him keep a roof over his head. Help him stay on his feet after his devastating loss of my mother and the loss of her social security benefits. God bless.
Update: Please if anyone can help, any amount would do: $5, $10, $20.....if we can get enough people to donate a small amount it can really add up and help him tremendously. Donations have stalled and we are feeling desperate. Jim is being forced out of his retirement living space and has only until the end of the month to leave. They are kicking out all who rent to sell homes at high end of market even though tenants have leases. They won’t return his deposits to help him find a new place and He can’t afford a lawyer. He is selling all his possessions to raise money to find a place to live. If anyone knows of an employment opportunity or a room/studio rental we would so appreciate it. Thank you.
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