Moving On, Moving Forward
My name is Ali. I'm 23.
I am an amateur photographer, an amateur writer, a realist, a student, a creative, a truth seeker.
It's been dropped on me rather suddenly that I will have to be moving again and living in California that is no easy expense. My relationship of four years has ended and I can no longer afford the apartment I am staying in. The car I own is a 1999 Dodge Stratus with oil leaks, suspension issues that make the steering whine like an annoyed ghost, heating issues, and an array of electrical issues, so driving across town is hard enough, let alone driving out of town.
In the same week my relationship ended, I learned that the mental health program I've worked for for the past two years could be ending and I no longer have a reason to stay in this overpriced town. Last year, I struggled through psychosis and a major depressive episode that landed me in the hospital and I'm still recovering. All of the recent stress has only exacerbated what I already experience, and as of now I don't even have the 20 dollars for my prescriptions.
I'm not asking for much, only what people can donate. The funds will go towards a new start down in Los Angeles or Sacramento, whichever offers up a good deal first. They will be for moving expenses. I will be moving into a roommate situation and renting a room from someone, so I'm not asking for much, mainly just the costs of UHAUL (to move my belongings and tow my car) as well as renting out the room. It seems most people these days renting out rooms ask for a deposit of sorts. I just want to say I am not relying on others to pay for my living down there, that's not what this is for. I'm job searching in the area, but I do need a little bit of a push so that I may get down there in the first place.
I chose Los Angeles because I am comfortable with the area I will be moving into and I see a lot of potential for my job market (peer support) as well as a lot of creative potential for my writing and photography. I chose Sacramento for many of the same reasons, and that I also can reconnect with family up there. As of now, I'm not really in contact with them and haven't been for years. I believe this new, fresh start will provide just what I need to get back on my feet and stabilize my mental health. I don't want to end up back in the hospital.
I am at risk of homelessness, and am hoping not to have to ride down that rocky path again. I dealt with homelessness as a child and refuse to let that be in my future.
Anything you are willing to offer I appreciate. Thank you, and have a blessed day.