But the thing I'm most afraid of is that I might not always get to live with my Mommy. I don't really understand human things, but it seems that she needs a car really bad - otherwise we could lose our home, and then I'd have to live with someone else. That makes me very sad, and more scared than I've ever been of anything else.
So can you please help my mommy to get work by helping her get a used car? I'm trying to be a brave kitty and crossing my paws that there really are some nice people out there who will help.
Thank you, Tiger...
My name is Maureen. I'm a two-time widow, most recently in 2014, and I'm 55 years old with numerous health issues. However, despite all those things, I'm still doing my best to hang in there and not give up.
I've been out of work since April 2016. In fact, the reason I lost my last job was due to not having a car, as I'd been allowed to work from home (telephone customer service) for almost 2 years, but then they decided they wanted me to come into the office. The office was 40 miles away, with NO public transit that would get me anywhere near it... and when I couldn't comply, they fired me.
Since then I've discovered that even the employers whose offices are much closer, and serviced by public transit, still prefer to hire those with their own transportation. That's because public transit in this part of PA (Luzerne County) is completely unreliable and very limited. For instance, the buses stop running - completely - by 6pm on weeknights (3pm on Sat's, and they don't run at all on Sunday's). Also, if a bus breaks down or a driver calls out, that route's schedule will be a mess all day, causing big delays.
Most employers are well aware of this. Even jobs that normally work a 9-5 or 8-4 schedule want you to have your own car because they've had employees in the past who were frequently late or could never stay for overtime due to the vagaries of our transit system. Also, many call centers (the most abundant type of work in this area) operate 24/7, or at least until 10 or 11 at night. So they want to know they can put you on a later shift without it being a problem if there's no bus to get you home.
My unemployment ran out last November. I came very, very close to being homeless over the winter. I've basically been sustained primarily by the generosity of friends and strangers alike.
But I do not want to have to rely on the kindness of others to keep a roof over my head any longer. I NEED a car so I can get a job and be self-supporting once again.
Please help if you can.
The amount listed is based upon my finding a car for $1500 or less, plus tax, title and tags, first month's insurance payment, and a small cushion in case it needs any immediate fixes to pass inspection (ie: brake pads or windshield wipers, some "retread" tires, a muffler, etc.). I've also added 10% to the total request to cover GFM's fee so that it doesn't come out of the car money itself.
Thank you all - very much. Tiger thanks you too.
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