This is a truly humbling time for me, having to ask for help....
In March I was laid off from my job as a biomedical research scientist. We were OK financially for a few months with me collecting unemployment and my wife working. The past several months, after my unemployment ran out and not having the money to send our 2 year old to daycare (me now working nights as a limo driver, and a stay home dad), we found ourselves falling behind. Oddly, we have the money to pay for our needs, but we are now in a downward spiral of trying to catch up with our past obligations and not coming current on our bills.
Our most pressing issue is that we face eviction at any moment. The management has been great dealing with us, but I fear that only so much will be tolerated. The money we may collect will allow us to become current with our rent and we will then be able to stay current. Decisions are made weekly as to what to pay - car, a loan I took out on my car, diapers, food, utilities and rent. We are not asking for continued assistance to maintain, but the chances to get caught up so that we can maintain.
I have been on many interviews, and have come to realize, that I am at an age and experience level that precludes me from possibly going back to what I was trained to do: 53 years old, and overqualified; over qualified is just a term that you are too old and likely want a high salary. Not the case, I'll take anything to be employed in research again.
The one thing keeping me sane is our little boy. The one thing that has driven me on many occasions into a deep depression is the thought that my little boy and wife will end up homeless. We have sold off everything we have that is of value. We just need a break and chance to come current and move forward.
I have always been one to help those on the streets, many times buying a hungry man a meal or handing over my tip money as a driver to another who is in true need. I have never been one to reach out for help, feeling that I can solve this on my own, or that my trust in God will result in a miracle.