CPE Internship Funds

My journey has had many twists and turns. My unexpected return from South Asia due to mental health difficulties has led me to pastoral care in mental health. Due to the clinical aspect of this area of ministry, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an excellent way to improve my pastoral skills and get firsthand experience in pastoral care in mental health. CPE and/or being a certified chaplain is often required for pastoral care positions in the mental health field.  I have a spot reserved for me in the residency program of the Baptist Health System in San Antonio for the fall pending I complete my first unit of CPE this summer. The residency is a full-time salaried position with benefits. The internship comes only with a $1,000 stipend.  Unfortunately, my financial needs for 3 months exceed $1,000. I am reaching out to friends and family to support me in this time of transition and would ask you to consider contributing to my needs in the form of a one-time gift or a pledge.

My monthly expenses include:

Rent - $600
Utilities - approx. $100 
Medicine - $300/month (that's with insurance)
Health Insurance - $15-$75 (I qualify for Obamacare and am in the process of choosing a plan)
Auto Insurance - $45
Pet - $50
Gas and car maintenance - $100
Groceries - $150 -$200
Life Insurance - $13.20
Entertainment (including internet) - $50
Laundry - FREE!!!!
Other - I have consolidated my credit card debt into 2 monthly payments. The debt was accumulated primarily due to medical issues and insufficient funds when moving back to the US.  One payment is $272 and the other $285.
Unexpected/Unknown - ?????

*Note: I continue to work on my dissertation but am not eligible for financial aid.


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Cj Wood 
Waco, TX
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