Hi, my name is Lisa and although I have always been the giver, this year I am having to be the receiver. My family is in desperate need of some  assistance right now. My family consists of myself, my husband, my husband's mother who has Alzheimers, my mother, who is not in good health, my youngest daughter who is in college, my oldest daughter and her husband, and their 3 children, who moved in due to black mold in their previous home. 
I have searched high and low for employment, as I lost my job last October. I did not try to become re-employed because my father in law had just passed away and my Alzheimer's stricken mother in law was in need of in home care as a result of his sudden passing.
I have been unsuccessful in finding work since my husband lost his position months ago. We thought I may have an easier time finding something, as I do have a pretty extensive background for all types of Administrative positions to include, Purchasing, Inventory Specialist, Accounting, Office Management, Human Resources, Payroll, Tax Preparation, Marketing, Customer Service and pretty much any kind of office related positions and duties. Sadly, that has not been the case. Fact of the matter is, I have not only applied to those positions pertinent to my primary skills, but, have also applied for anything  that I knew I was capable of from gas station attendant to restraunt server/hostess, but, to no avail. My husband has also begun job searching over the past few months as well, as we figured whomever got something first, would go to work and the other would stay home to care for his mom, whom has the Alzheimer's. 

We have sold anything  of value, aside from our vehicles and television and  we simply no longer have anything we're able to sell in order to bring in revenue while trying to find work. I guess you could say, I'm at a loss.

We have been struggling for 6 months, trying to make ends meet, but have found ourselves falling further and further behind. As a result, we are going to lose our electric, which means we will lose our water as well, because, we are on a well system which runs on an electric pump. I have also been in pain for a month now with 2 absessed teeth and no way to pay to get the care I need. Our car insurance couldn't be paid, therfore, my husband's drivers license was suspended as a result and the list goes on.   We feel blessed that there are food pantries to help feed us recently and we feel blessed to have shelter, irregardless of our recent misfortunes.
We are in desperate need of some financial help to pay our household needs, such as the utilities, medical needs, and put food on the table. 

 I have had the pleasure in past years of giving to families,  and I can tell you that I know that "giving" gives more pleasure than receiving.  But this year we find ourselves on the other end of the spectrum.  If there is anything you can do to help us, it would be greatly appreciated by my whole family and I can make the promise that I will eventually be back on my feet and I will absolutely pay it forward.

Thank you for anything you can help us with, and have a blessed Holiday Season.


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Lisa Gregory 
Venice, FL
Barbara Parsons 
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