At The Bottom of My Barrell

My name is Donna Kimber.  As I type my story,  I am sitting in my friend's car at 2 am,  where I will sleep tonight, as I have for several nights since I became homeless. Through the kindness of a handful of friends, I have been able to spend some days and nights in a hotel room. Another friend was gracious enough to let me stay with her for several weeks. I am grateful beyond words for their kindness. 

I am a 56 year-old woman,  who has worked (sometimes 2 jobs) since I was 15. I am college educated and suffer from depression/anxiety so debilitating that I have filed a disability claim. I have lost many jobs within the past several years, due to poor attendance, resulting from the disorder.  There are sometimes days on end when I go into that dark place that covers me like a shroud. I am unable to get out of bed, except for bathroom visits. Currently,  I am in search of a job that will support me until my disability claim is processed. It must be something that will not require a great deal of focus or concentration, as I have issues in those areas. I am a Customer Service/Administrative professional, which requires a finite skill set. Unfortunately, I now have deficits in those skills.  

 Most people that know me have no idea I suffer from mental illness. I have struggled with it since I was 17. I learned early on that there is a stigma regarding mental illness. Some people equate mental illness with being "crazy". "Crazy?"!  I'm just a middle-aged woman struggling to survive.  I am so scared that I will wind up on the streets.  My options are few and I need assistance.  For 40 years I have mastered the art of putting on a brave face,  smiling,  and pretending all is well in my world, when in fact, there are times when I fall apart. 

I am a survivor of child molestation, by 3 different men, at 3 different times in my childhood. The trauma was and is so devastating, that it pervades every area of my life.  I fear I will never be able to cope with, or even forgive the monsters that stole my innocence. 

As a result,  currently I have no financial means to support myself. I am asking for your help,  so that I can support myself for a few months.  

Please forgive the photo. I will add more in a day or two.  

May God bless you and keep you!
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Donna Kimber
Greensboro, NC

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