In 2015, I contacted my younger brother and asked him to come help me. I had to abruptly separate from my husband of over 20 years because of the abuse I was enduring. My brother left his job and home in Houston and came to help me get out of that situation. He helped me pack and we moved to the first house we found.
Within a month of being in our new place, my brother's left leg started swelling and was very painful and he was becoming so short of breath he couldn't walk 10 feet without having to sit down. I took him to the ER where they did a CAT scan of his lungs. He was immediately taken to ICU as he had 2 of the biggest blood clots, one in each lung, that the hospital staff/doctors had ever seen, and I was told he was just hours from passing away. After 14 days in ICU, he was able to go home. One month later, he suffered a heart attack in his main aortic valve (the "widow maker") and had surgery to put two titanium stents in. Two months after that, he started having extreme pain in his lower back and we were once again in the ER. The MRI that was done found a kidney stone blocking his ureter that was bigger than a golf ball and the Baylor surgeon told him with his history of pulmonary embolism and heart attack that he had a very high likelihood of not surviving this surgery. But, God was good as always and he made it through this as well.
In August 2016, I experienced a syncope episode (potentially deadly fainting spell) and fell out of my bed landing so hard with the dead weight of my body on my right side seriously injuring my right shoulder. I had to take FMLA leave from my job. While still being out under the care of my orthopedic surgeon who needed to perform surgery on my shoulder, and not released to return to work, my employer separated my employment in 11/2016 because they said I had been out of work too long. I immediately filed for unemployment and began searching for a new job.
Although I have applied for literally thousands of jobs since that time, I am still unemployed. My unemployment ran out in mid-June and I have had no income coming in since then. I've had to withdraw my entire life savings to pay for his and my medical bills and for our rent, utilities, other bills, food and fuel.
I have stayed prayerful asking God to bless me with a job. With my skill set and experience I am distraught and confused as to why I haven't had any employer interested in interviewing or hiring me. I'm trying so hard to keep my faith and hold on to God's promises in His Word, but I'm human and have experienced so many moments where I just break down and cry because I simply don't understand. Then I beat myself up for not keeping my faith and trust in Him, and waiting upon Him because His Word promises that He will answer my prayers and will work everything out for my good according to His riches and glory.
My brother was able to go back to work but is working at Walmart for minimum wage. They have offered me a job there as well, but only part-time and am still waiting for my background check to be completed before I can even start work there. Never in a million years did I think that with all my management experience I would be working at Walmart, but I'm truly grateful to at least have this opportunity at some point in the near future.
Unfortunately, however, my brother's income will not cover our upcoming rent coming due on 9/1. Nor will both our incomes from Walmart sustain us to remain in this house beyond the end of our current lease which expires 9/30.
I have been searching and searching for low-income apartments and low-income independent senior living apartments, and so far all of them have waiting lists...some up to 2 years long! I'm doing literally everything I can to try and find somewhere for us to move that we'll be able to afford until, I pray, I can find a better paying job that will allow us more options.
I visit a small food pantry in my town once a week that provides only a very small amount of food for which we are grateful, but it does not provide enough to sustain us, especially by brother who is diabetic, and we are hungry.
This finally brings me to my request for help...
I feel so embarrassed for even having to make this GoFundMe request, and have delayed doing so until now because I wanted to do all that I could before asking for help. But, time is running out for us before the 9/1 rent is due, which we can't pay, we don't have a place to move into, and our refrigerator/freezer and pantry are empty. I honestly don't even know how we are going to pay for moving expenses, or all the deposits that will be required to move into a low-income apartment if/when one becomes available.
If anyone reading this is able to help my brother and I financially right now, we would be so grateful for your help and forever be indebted to you. When I do get a better paying job, I want to re-pay whomever is kind and generous enough to help us get through this dire circumstance in our lives. I would never, ever make a request like this if I weren't truly desperate.
If you can, PLEASE, PLEASE help us!
Thank you, and God bless,
- DELORIS HARLING-YOUNG
- Gregg Tribble
- Pam Barrow
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