Single Dad Tour Guide LifeofLebi

Hi. I am a single dad who works full-time as a rickshaw tour guide in Washington DC. Every spring, summer, and fall I work 12-15 hour days and save every penny so that we can make it through the winter which is the "off-season" for tourism in DC. Instead of staying in DC, we drive out west to explore some National Parks and do some hiking and healthy outdoorsy stuff. When our money runs out around February/March we head back to DC where I bust my butt in anticipation of the next year's trip. This is the best thing that I can give my child.. Well this year we returned on March 1st and I began working. As soon as I earned enough money to pay all of March's expenses/bills the Covid-19/coronaVirus showed up. DC was shut down and without warning, tourism and the world stopped.  At this time I have $200 to my name. If I am able to work I make that in one or two days.  When we are here I always rent a room or a studio apt but for now I don't have money to afford that. The $200 dollars is all we have for food, gas, and anything else that might arise until the Corona Quarantine is over. I am very nervous as we are living in my vehicle unable to afford a room to rent etc.. if word of this situation gets to certain people I am afraid that someone will try and separate my daughter and I.  I'm very stressed about this. There is a stay at home order and we have no home. A kind woman has been allowing us to park and sleep in her driveway but the nieghborhors are becoming curious and she has asked us to leave. Once this quarantine is over I can rent a room or apt after just a couple of days of working.  I've been maintaining this lifestyle for 5+ years now as it is my gift to my child although now we are more or less stranded. I have contacted the local Dept of Human Services who told me that since I am a 'man' without a home AND with a child that they will most likely take my daughter away from me. This is a very scary prospect. I am not in this situation because of any shortcomings or irresponsibility on my part.  Things are this way strictly due to the Corona virus shutdown. I have limited family who has told me to "survive the best way I can." I know that millions of people are having hard time right now and it is hard for me to ask for help as I am the one always helping others but I don't feel ashamed  because my young daughter and I literally have no place to go nor the means. I am asking for any monies that can be used to get us a place to be until this ordeal is over. My daughter and I do not need to be separated. I work 15 hr days most of the year in order to take my daughter to the most beautiful places that my small car can get to. We have a hard but worthwhile and great life, however, this Covid-19 has left us destitute without warning. Please help if you can. Once I get started working after Covid I can even repay monies. We are just desperate right now. Before the woman allowed park/sleep in her driveway we had been sleeping in Walmart Parking lots but as I learned last night, that is longer an option due to the lockdown. Local state troopers are patrolling the area and checking parked cars to make sure that no one is out. I'm very scared for us. We literally have no where to go. I'm not irresponsible. I just did not count on a Global Pandemic. If you can, please help.  Thanks47323306_1586575922160373_r.jpeg

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