The Short Version:
I own a prospering massage business in Northern Virginia with growth each year since opening in 2006.
Covid comes and turns our world upside down.
I get a full time job on the overnight shift to keep my business going.
Working 70 hours/week making half of what I made precovid.
My mom who has had several strokes loses her husband and takes a huge pay cut.
I have to step in with the help of my son to pick up some monthly expenses and home repairs.
I realize my new 75 year old dependent could be very costly when home healthcare is needed.
I research and plan as usual and decide that becoming a registered nurse makes the most sense. It fits who I am and what I believe and will provide a better way to pay for all these extra expenses.
I start August 29th and boy do I feel overwhelmed. I can't wait to be on the other side and see how I manage to work a full time job, run a business, go to school, and help my mom. I know that God will get me through.
How can you help??....
Of course prayers and donations would be greatly appreciated.
Also if you know of any small business grants or scholarships that I can apply to I would appreciate that as well.
Thank you for anything you can do to help me get through this transition!
The Long Version
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many of us in so many ways. Two plus years later I am still struggling to make ends meet, going so far as to take a second job working nights at a gas station because my business is still only functioning at 55% of pre-pandemic sales. It was a far cry from the role I play as a therapeutic massage therapist, doing what I can to help ease the pain and suffering of others. Then last year, my mother, who lives on the other side of the country, who has suffered multiple strokes lost her husband and was left alone to fend for herself. Obviously that was an impossible task; so my son left Georgia and moved in with my mom in Arizona. But he has his own health issues making it impossible to care for his grandmother without my intervention, emotionally, physically (when I can get out there) and financially.
While working at the gas station though, I was able to squeeze in time to pass all education and testing to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Now working at a nursing home, I am back to helping others round the clock, not just with massage. I am a planner and a doer. My ultimate goal is to become a Registered Nurse (RN), allowing me the opportunity to help others in more ways than I first dreamed. Having completed my research, I enrolled and was accepted into a nursing program in the area. I will go to school 4 days each week, during the day, run my massage business on days I am not in school, and work in a nursing facility at night.
All my life I have been the one reaching out to help others in their time of need. For the first time, I am reaching out to you, to help me in my time of need. Even working 70+ hours each week is not enough to pay for my tuition. After receiving student loans my portion will still be $10,000. Any financial aid you can provide to help me in my goal to become a RN while supporting my mother and son and massage business is so greatly appreciated. And if you cannot give financially at this time, any prayers you can offer is also very appreciated.
I am blessed to be able to help others with their physical health needs. And I am blessed for your considerations in helping me help them.
Thank you, Brandy