Help my son keep working towards his dream

My name's Sue, and I'm a single mom. That's relevant, since we've never had more than one income--which is now essentially zero. My older son Nick is an aspiring tattoo artist. As you can see from his attached paintings, he's very talented. That's the good news. The bad news is, he's in a 2-year apprenticeship program which does not provide any pay (since he's considered to be "paid" in the training he receives). Because he works very long hours (and, sometimes, seven days a week if needed) it's not possible for him to work another paying job as well. Until COVID hit, then, I was able to scrape by and support both of us, at least at a basic level. I'm involved in a start-up (which has yet to earn any money), but I drove for Lyft to earn our "expense" money. BUT--the day COVID really hit Nashville, I had to quit. I have a suppressed immune system, so I just can't work outside the home. The federal unemployment was a Godsend, and kept us going through July. Since that ended, my business partner had been helping out, but he's now at the end of being able to do that beyond paying the rent. My credit cards are all maxed out.

I will, hopefully, be able to resume the new unemployment extension shortly, though that won't pay everything. But right now, I have $15 in the bank and no immediate hope of more. Our healthcare premiums are due  in 2 days (Obamacare, since neither of us can get it anywhere else) to the tune of $450, the car payment (just under $300) in 3 days, and internet /phone ($275 combined) is already overdue. If I can't somehow fill these needs, we will have no choice but to pull Nick out of the apprenticeship he worked so very hard for and put him in a job to make ends meet, with no guarantee he could ever go back. I can't bear to have that conversation with him, so I'm hoping you can find it in your heart to help.


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Suanne Grosskopf 
Franklin, TN
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