Gourlay Family HELP

We are the Gourlay family (Sharon, Jeff, Sammie, Bella, and Nibbler).  We have had some serious issues in the past few years. Recently, as of January 1st my husband was laid off from work. This was through no fault of his own.  His employer "ran out of money" to pay him. We have no savings because we have been living pay check to pay check like so many other working poor families. It has been one tragedy after another.  We keep thinking things will get better yet they are not.

My husband  is looking for employment.  He has put in applications and his resume to many places.  He has an interview tomorrow with a head hunter.  He doesn't have interview clothes and neither do I.  We have applied for state assistance.  I don't know what we will qualify for.  Today we had to get food from the food pantry.  

At this point we are asking for assistance from people we know.  I am embarassed to do this but we have no one to fall back upon.  We are hoping that people might contribute to help us with rent, utilities, and food.  I am not sure how much to ask for.  Our rent is $825.  We need interview clothes, utilites, and more.  I think that $1800 might be helpful but not sure what to ask for.  I am embarassed to ask for anything at all.

We are good people.  We help others.  I hate being in this position and pray that others might help us.  You can ask others how we help others when we can.  I just don't want my kids to be homeless.  As a mother I am terrified of that for them and our family.

If you have job leads we would be grateful for those also.  We want to work.  We are not just asking for a handouts. Jeff is a software developer.  I have a BA in Communications.  I will do anything at this point to support my kids.  I have owned my own part time birth professional business for years.  I have corporate experience too.


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Sharon Ellen Gourlay 
Lancaster, OH
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