Keep me living indoors

$5,878 of $6,300 goal

Raised by 146 people in 30 months
Thank you for all your help in the past. 

I am continuing to use this campaign link for my ongoing needs rather than make a new campaign for everything that happens, and leaving my prior campaigns at the end for historical use. The amount contributed is the total amount since I began this page in 2016.

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Sunday, Feb 2, 2019

I am trying to raise $1200 by February 15.

I have updated the total amount to reflect the latest goal. 

This new total is for several reasons.

WINTER BREAK:  I am a substitute teacher, which means I do not get paid during breaks and holidays. I had a prior fundraiser to meet the December portion of Winter Break, and this is to raise funds for the January portion of the Break.

KIDNEY STONE: I had an unexpected kidney stone. I thought at first the pain was an intestinal thing due to eating too many pecan nuts, so I waited for several days for the blockage to pass, but when the pain did not stop and got exponentially worse, I went to the local hospital, got admitted, and spent several days in the hospital. Afterward, I spent several days at home on painkiller drugs and unable to go to work with young children.  I had a stent put in my left ureter, which is the tube between my left kidney and bladder and a LOT of blood came out for several days. I went to the hospital just in time. My doctor told me that if I’d waited another day or so, I might not be here to ask for anything due to a likely internal infection. The stent is still inside me, as is the stone, which has not passed yet. I am going to have to go back to have the stent removed, and perhaps the stone as well if it doesn’t pass soon, which will mean at least one and possibly several days of unemployment as I can’t do this on weekends or evenings.

CSET TEACHING TEST:  As some of you know, and I will expand upon below, I’m going through the application process to apply for a teaching credential program at CSU Monterey Bay. I have paid to take the three sections of the test, thanks to a prior fundraiser to raise the test-fees (fanks ewe), and I’m currently scheduled to take the tests this month. This will involve taking off two days, so I will lose pay, and I will have to drive about 150 miles round trip to Campbell California for the first two tests, and the third test I have to go to Fresno, a 300 mile round trip, and so far away that I will need to get a motel room so I’m not exhausted the day of the test.

HEATING BILL: As some of you may have noticed, it’s been a cold winter. While California has not been as cold as the rest of the country, it has been cold here. In previous years since my Father died, I’d not used the heat and tried to compensate with blankets, but that was of limited success and every year I developed months-long pneumonia each winter, so this winter I’ve been using the heat, which has resulted in much higher heating bills.

15027839_1549179950489367_r.jpegMister Green as a Wolverine Teddy Bear as drawn by a student


TEACHING UPDATE:

Now that winter break is over and the kidney stone is less of a problem, I’ve been working as a substitute teacher. I am now in my third year of subbing and I am doing well at it. I teach every grade level between preschool and high school, and I’ve been to almost every public school in Salinas and Greenfield California.

In December I added the Salinas Union High School district to my list of districts. While I’m not making any more money as I’ve been working almost every day anyway, it does give me new experiences with new schools and older students. The high school district has provided me with many jobs and I’m booked up with many assignments through the rest of the school year in the HS district. I still do teach in various other elementary districts, but the vast bulk of my registered assignments are in the high and middle schools of SUHSD.

I’ve taught in my alma mater high school, Alisal High School, and I’m scheduled to go to my alma mater Middle School, El Sausal, in March, although I could yet get a sooner assignment.

At this point, I’ve taught hundreds of students in every elementary school in Salinas. When I’ve been to middle schools, I have been greeted with shouts of MISTER GREEN as I walk through the school, and when I have classes I ask “who has had me as a teacher before” and usually about half the class raises their hands, and when I ask “what school", there will be students from multiple elementary schools and the students look at each other realizing they had more in common than they knew.

I am in the process of applying for the Multiple Subject teaching credential from CSU Monterey Bay.  As part of that process, I’m going to be taking the three-part CSET teacher exam over two days in February. I’ve been studying for the test, and I hope I pass the test, but I’m nervous as the test is full of random stuff I’ve never seen before. I have until April to retake any sections I fail, but I hope that doesn’t happen.

If I pass, then I’ll start classes in the summer, at which time I’ll need to raise $3300 for tuition, as well as enough to pay my living expenses for the summer, and another $3300 for the fall. Hopefully, I will be getting an “intern” position in the fall and I will be working as a regular teacher at a regular teacher’s pay so Spring 2020 and beyond I should be able to pay most or all of my expenses. 

If I don’t pass all the CSET tests before April, or if I can’t raise the $3300 tuition, I’ll have to remain a substitute teacher for another year. 

I enjoy being a substitute teacher, and the adventure of going all over the county to a wide variety of classes is great, and if I was making a living wage, I’d keep doing it forever. However, the pay is low, and there is no pay during holidays, and since I work in multiple districts, I don’t earn enough sick leave in any one district to be useful when I’m sick or hospitalized, as with the kidney stone. 

I have been considering other options for earning income, such as content creation via Patreon, whether or not I am able to get my teaching credential. 

I am not asking for money from anyone who can’ t afford to contribute.

Please feel free to ask any questions.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

#jtg



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Sunday, October 22, 2017:

Now my four puppies and mama have been sick, and likely some or all might have died without treatments.


I spent about $600 on vet bills and medicine, which took most of my cash and all of my remaining limited credit for vet visits and treatments. I have cut costs by giving them fluid at home, sticking a needle in their backs and pumping saline in under their skins.

I have been working as a substitute teacher after a summer of no work, but I haven't yet begun to catch up with months of unpaid bills. If this had happened in August, an outbreak like this might have resulted in a few deaths or even loss of all my puppers.

I would appreciate any help you can give. Message me if you'd rather send by P-Mail.

Thank you,
#jtg


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Below are the prior appeals for assistance for historical context

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A summer of no work has caught up. I need about $1400 to get through September to pay living expenses and keep my critters in dog/cat food.

The summer went by with only a few days of substitute teaching assignments as summer work in this area is rare because summer teachers apparently have fewer meetings or training to attend, and it's not the sick time of the year. Added to the far fewer summer classes than regular year classes combined with more subs looking for those fewer jobs, I only got few days of work from June through August.

I have reset the "goal" from today to add $1400 to the total. This means I don't have to make a new page, and the old links here still work.  As I have other needs in the future, I'll readjust the figure appropriately.

NOTE:
A BUG IN GOFUNDME APPARENTLY THINKS THIS IS A HURRICANE HARVEY FUNDRAISER. I AM NOT ANYWHERE NEAR HARVEY, AND I DON'T KNOW WHY GOFUNDME THINKS THIS IS A HARVEY FUNDRAISER. DONATE TO A HARVEY PERSON IF YOU WANT, BUT MY NEED IS NOT HURRICANE RELATED.

THANK YOU,
#JTG



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Thank you to those of you who helped me through to get financially secure via substitute teaching.

I still need your help!

First I will discuss my employment and financial situation as of June 2017:

I have been working almost every day in the past couple of months as a substitute teacher.  I am registered in several local Elementary and High School Districts.

NO INCOME DURING SUMMER BREAK: 
Now it's summer, and there are very few assignments available and effectively I won't be getting many, or perhaps any, teaching assignments until late August.

I should be OK for July, but August and September will be tight.  What little savings I have put away will effectively disappear before the end of summer, so I ask for your help to cover those months until my fall income can cover my living expenses.

In addition, my dog Delight gave birth to four puppies in May. I midwifed her through a difficult birth, as she is little more than a puppy herself. I had not planned to breed her, but a windstorm blew down the fences and before they could be put up, a male dog next door got to her. I'm hoping to get them forever homes, but in the meantime, they need food, bedding, vaccinations, and love.

This assumes no significant unavoidable expenses.

I'm looking into other income sources, such as selling my art, or whether several Kickstarter projects I’m putting together get funded, such as the Salinas Homeless Video Project, and a couple of other projects I’ll be putting online soon.

I have also set up a page with “Teacher Pay Teachers” where I will be posting teaching materials that other teachers can buy and download for their own lessons. I’ll be putting some of my graphic design and art degree knowledge to use.


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When I set up this campaign, I was a dark place. My money was running out. I had recently had several surgeries. I had been sending out many applications but got very few replies, and the few that lead to interviews then led to nothing.

I was entering a very dark period where I could not see any future for me ahead that was not bleak and likely homeless, at least for a while.

The response to this campaign has changed my life. While I not yet out of the woods financially, and I am in a financially fragile point, I'm on a path that gives me hope that I have a future.

I have been working as a substitute teacher, one-day-at-a-time, for a couple of weeks in October.  My first paycheck will come in mid-November, and since I got a late start in the month, combined with months of unpaid bills, I still need help.  

I figure that assuming if I work most days I can in November, I should be able to cover December easily. With the winter break and no classes in December and January, I may have the need future help in January and February to meet expenses, but I hope not. 



Once February comes along, I should be able to work almost every day until summer. Hopefully, I will be able to develop enough of savings which combined with some other work, or perhaps summer-school substituting, to carry me through.

If you can contribute to help me continue to live indoors, I would be very grateful.

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BELOW IS THE ORIGINAL TEXT OF THIS CAMPAIGN:

I need help to continue to live indoors until I start working and getting paid as a substitute teacher.  

I don't think I could do well as a 57-year-old homeless man with a permanent colostomy and six hernias.

I would appreciate anything you can afford to give. Even if I only raise enough to keep the power on, it would help.



First
, I will tell you my needs, how I will use the money, how I plan to get back to financial security, and finally, I will talk about how I got into this situation.

My immediate needs include acquiring enough money to pay my rent, phone, utilities, gas, and food for my two cats and one puppy for October and November.  I will use the money to pay my rent, phone, the internet, utilities, and any unexpected expenses (such as flat tire, etc). 

This comes to approximately $2000 per month. Since GoFundMe takes a share, I've included that into my goal total.

I am on EBT (Food Stamps), so I have food, as long as I keep my meals cheap.


Me and a couple of my critters


My plan for financial recovery is this:  

I have just completed the process to be certified to be a substitute teacher
and have begun to apply to local school districts. I have been told by local education officials that local school districts are in desperate need of substitute teachers, and the only qualified people who have trouble getting substitute assignments are those who overly picky, as in "I only want to teach the fourth grade on Friday afternoons at the school down the block from me". I'm willing to teach any grade on any schedule. 

However, the process of getting my applications processed takes time, and even if I begin working in the next week or two, I won't be paid for October until sometime in mid-November, so I need enough to cover my various expenses mentioned above until then. 

If you have any questions, you can contact me HERE .

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I want to talk briefly now about how I have been conserving money in the recent past:

I have turned the hot water down to the lowest setting, and have not taken a hot shower in more than a year. I rarely turn on the heat except on the coldest times, such as last January when the temperature inside the house one morning got to the mid-40s. I rarely go anywhere without a significant reason. Like the poster of WW2 used to say, "is this trip really necessary?".  All the light bulbs have long ago been replaced with low-energy LED bulbs, and even those are off except the ones near me. I rarely eat out or buy fast food because the money spent on one hamburger can otherwise provide me with enough cheap food for several days depending on how I allocate my food purchases. 

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How I got to this financial situation is a long story, and I'm going to leave a lot out to keep this from becoming even longer than it already is, but briefly, it goes like this.

In summary, after having cancer surgery with a permanent colostomy, and thinking I was going to die, I prepared for the end of my life, but I did not die  Just as I recovered, my father went into a months-long coma he wasn't expected to recover from but did, and I became his caretaker for the next fifteen years until he died recently.  

As a result of the colostomy surgery, I have at least six abdominal hernias.  I now weight about 380 pounds (down from a max of about 600 pounds fifteen years ago).  As a result, I can't safely lift more than about 20 pounds nor stand for long periods of time.

I recently had a piece of my right foot removed due to a serious infection, and I'm only now getting to the point where I can walk and stand for extended periods. 

I have been having a lot of difficulty in finding work in spite of me having ten college degrees (1 BS, 9 Associates) due to my long stretch of recovery from my cancer and then years of caregiving to my late father. 


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Now, I'll go into a bit more detail about my life over the past years, which you can read, or pass on for now.

In 1994, I was diagnosed with colon cancer a few weeks after my mother died of lung cancer.  I had surgery to remove the tumor and as a result, I have had a permanent colostomy for the past 22 years.


My Tumor


My initial diagnosis was 90% terminal, but due to new medical tech and chemotherapy, I survived when others with the same diagnosis from a few years earlier died. In the months after my diagnosis and surgery, I met another person with the same diagnosis as I, but from five years earlier, and he was in his final stages of life. He told me then, "people like you are going to live because people like me died", and he died a few months later. This has been one of the major mileposts of my biography.

Still, I did not KNOW I was going to live and had every reason to think I was going to die within a few years. I spent the next few years preparing to die by writing what I could of my autobiography, taking pictures, and spending time with my father. My mother's recent death combined with the real fear of my own potential death caused me to cling to my father for what seemed like the end of my life.

After several years, it became apparent that the new medical technologies had saved my life and I was not going to die. It's now 22 years since that surgery.

I had been a materials engineering student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before I was diagnosed, and was about 3/4 of the way through that program. I was focusing my studies on microgravity materials science, and if I had not gotten cancer, I would by now likely have a Ph.D. and have experiments flying on the space station. Cancer disrupted that path. I ended up changing majors and going to CSU Monterey Bay. 

While at CSUMB, my father went into a coma following infection after open-heart surgery. He wasn't expected to survive, but I refused to let his life support be turned off until it could be proved he was not going to survive. Again to make a long story short, he eventually awoke and although he came back mentally, physically he was never the same, and I became his caregiver for the next 15 years until he died in May 2015.  


Dad out for physical therapy walk


Following Dad's funeral, I began job hunting, but I had limited success. I worked on several short-term jobs, and for awhile I worked on the graveyard shift at a local gas station where I was not allowed to sit down during my shift except on my lunch break. Due to my size, the long times standing likely contributed to my foot getting infected and requiring the partial amputation and is a job to which my surgeon does not recommend I return to or I might lose more of that foot, leg, or my life.

I am very capable and willing to work.  I have been having trouble getting a good job due to my long time without a regular pay-check job. Adding up the time I spent in University, recovering from cancer, and then caregiving for my father, I hadn't worked for a regular paycheck job for any long period in about 25 years.  While I had an employment history in my young adulthood, including four years in the U. S. Coast Guard, this employment gap is part of why I've not been able to get employed. I have sent out about 200 resumes and applications since Dad died, and I suspect that the employment gap has been something that either has some person reject my resume, or a computer automatically rejects my applications.

I have ten college degrees, one BS and 9 associates degrees, so I am very qualified to do many jobs, but many employers seem to consider this a minus rather than a plus.

Add to this that I am a 57-year-old 380-pound man. I have had several interviews where it was obvious from the first meeting that I was not going to get the job based on the look of disgust on the faces of the various interviewers. 

I have been going through the testing and certification process to become a substitute teacher, and have recently completed that process. I am now in the process of submitting applications to several local school districts. Being a substitute teacher is perhaps the one field where I'm virtually guaranteed having ten college degrees won't be looked at as some sort of oddly disqualifying factor. I'm hoping to be working in the next couple of weeks somewhere, but even so, I won't get my first check until sometime in mid-November, and it won't be nearly enough to catch up on my behind rent, and my utilities and phone are likely to have been shut off by then. Not to mention not having money to feed the cats and the dog. 

If you have read all that, thank you.  

I very much appreciate any help you can provide, however little.

Thank you,
James Thomas Green

P.S. This is a comic strip/meme I produce which is apropos to my situation

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Thank you for all your help in the past. 

I am trying to raise $1200 by February 15.

I have updated the total amount to reflect the latest goal. This new total is for several reasons.

• WINTER BREAK:  I am a substitute teacher, which means I do not get paid during breaks and holidays. I had a prior fundraiser to meet the December portion of Winter Break, and this is to raise funds for the January portion of the Break.

• KIDNEY STONE: I had an unexpected kidney stone. I thought at first the pain was an intestinal thing due to eating too many pecan nuts, so I waited for several days for the blockage to pass, but when the pain did not stop and got exponentially worse, I went to the local hospital, got admitted, and spent several days in the hospital. Afterward, I spent several days at home on painkiller drugs and unable to go to work with young children.  I had a stent put in my left ureter, which is the tube between my left kidney and bladder and a LOT of blood came out for several days. I went to the hospital just in time. My doctor told me that if I’d waited another day or so, I might not be here to ask for anything due to a likely internal infection. The stent is still inside me, as is the stone, which has not passed yet. I am going to have to go back to have the stent removed, and perhaps the stone as well if it doesn’t pass soon, which will mean at least one and possibly several days of unemployment as I can’t do this on weekends or evenings.

• CSET TEACHING TEST:  As some of you know, and I will expand upon below, I’m going through the application process to apply for a teaching credential program at CSU Monterey Bay. I have paid to take the three sections of the test, thanks to a prior fundraiser to raise the test-fees (fanks ewe), and I’m currently scheduled to take the tests this month. This will involve taking off two days, so I will lose pay, and I will have to drive about 150 miles round trip to Campbell California for the first two tests, and the third test I have to go to Fresno, a 300 mile round trip, and so far away that I will need to get a motel room so I’m not exhausted the day of the test.

• HEATING BILL: As some of you may have noticed, it’s been a cold winter. While California has not been as cold as the rest of the country, it has been cold here. In previous years since my Father died, I’d not used the heat and tried to compensate with blankets, but that was of limited success and every year I developed months-long pneumonia each winter, so this winter I’ve been using the heat, which has resulted in much higher heating bills.

TEACHING UPDATE: Now that winter break is over and the kidney stone is less of a problem, I’ve been working as a substitute teacher. I am now in my third year of subbing and I am doing well at it. I teach every grade level between preschool and high school, and I’ve been to almost every public school in Salinas and Greenfield California.

In December I added the Salinas Union High School district to my list of districts. While I’m not making any more money as I’ve been working almost every day anyway, it does give me new experiences with new schools and older students. The high school district has provided me with many jobs and I’m booked up with many assignments through the rest of the school year in the HS district. I still do teach in various other elementary districts, but the vast bulk of my registered assignments are in the high and middle schools of SUHSD.I’ve taught in my alma mater high school, Alisal High School, and I’m scheduled to go to my alma mater Middle School, El Sausal, in March, although I could yet get a sooner assignment.

At this point, I’ve taught hundreds of students in every elementary school in Salinas. When I’ve been to middle schools, I have been greeted with shouts of MISTER GREEN as I walk through the school, and when I have classes I ask “who has had me as a teacher before” and usually about half the class raises their hands, and when I ask “what school", there will be students from multiple elementary schools and the students look at each other realizing they had more in common than they knew.I am in the process of applying for the Multiple Subject teaching credential from CSU Monterey Bay.  As part of that process, I’m going to be taking the three-part CSET teacher exam over two days in February. I’ve been studying for the test, and I hope I pass the test, but I’m nervous as the test is full of random stuff I’ve never seen before. I have until April to retake any sections I fail, but I hope that doesn’t happen.

If I pass, then I’ll start classes in the summer, at which time I’ll need to raise $3300 for tuition, as well as enough to pay my living expenses for the summer, and another $3300 for the fall. Hopefully, I will be getting an “intern” position in the fall and I will be working as a regular teacher at a regular teacher’s pay so Spring 2020 and beyond I should be able to pay most or all of my expenses. If I don’t pass all the CSET tests before April, or if I can’t raise the $3300 tuition, I’ll have to remain a substitute teacher for another year. I enjoy being a substitute teacher, and the adventure of going all over the county to a wide variety of classes is great, and if I was making a living wage, I’d keep doing it forever. However, the pay is low, and there is no pay during holidays, and since I work in multiple districts, I don’t earn enough sick leave in any one district to be useful when I’m sick or hospitalized, as with the kidney stone.

I am not asking for money from anyone who can’ t afford to contribute.

Please feel free to ask any questions.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

#jtg
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Hello friends and supporters:

I am in need of $1300 for my January expenses to make up for Winter Break unemployment. As a substitute teacher, no classes means no work and thus no pay.

In addition, I became sick during the break and it was cold here as I was at home all day every day so I needed to use my heater and thus my power bill as abnormally high.

Then I was hospitalized with a kidney stone and had to take off several days even after classes began again.

I am applying to get into the teaching credential program at the California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB). I am optimistic and if admitted I'll begin classes next summer and hopefully, I'll have my own class in the fall of 2019 which will earn at least a doubling of my current income as a Substitute Teacher.

Thank you for your help in the past ad in the future.

#jtg
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My Current Need Update:

I have raised $150 so far, so that bring the previous total down to $450.

However, today I unexpectedly had work on my car to put in a new battery, and while was there, I had them do oil/fluid change and new wipers. I paid for it with what I had left over from last month's salary. The cost of this work was $175.

So my new post-car need total for December 2018 is $625.

Thank you,

#jtg :-)
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Hello Friends,

I have continued to be a substitute teacher. At this point I've worked in every public elementary school in Salinas and Greenfield, as well as several middle schools. I have recently been hired as a substitute teacher for Salinas High School District, although that won't result in much more money as I already work most days. It will give me more experience in the high school age group.

I am in the process of applying for a teaching credential program. If all goes well, in Summer 2019 I will be taking classes and in Fall 2019 I will start as an intern teacher in my own classroom, getting the pay of a regular teacher.

In the meantime, being a sub is not a well-paying thing. Not only is the pay low, but I also don't get paid for holidays and breaks.

I am needing and going to need help over the next couple of months. I need to raise $600 for my December expenses, and I will need to raise more for January and February based upon the upcoming winter break.

In addition, this is the time of year when I'm forced to use my heater, and that means a much higher gas bill. In previous years I tried to get by without heat, but that backfired when I got sick for months with pneumonia. For several months during the winter and spring of the past few years, I've been forced to go to while often being so sick I could barely stand.

I don't spend much. I stay at home and only go out when I need to go to work or important appointments or shopping. I am wearing pants I bought in the early 2000s and my shoes are literally falling apart.

I thank anyone who can help me get through these days until I can become a full teacher. At that point, my income will more than double and I won't need help after that, and I can help others.

Thanks,
#jtg
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