Never in a million years did I ever think that I would be in the situation that I am in. I have always worked; from the time I turned 15 years old until two years ago. I lost my job in October of 2008. I received unemployment until it ran out, all the while applying for job after job and sending my resume to every place I thought I was qualified for. I have had 12 interviews in the last 2 years and still have no job. My unemployment benefits ran out in August.
I moved down south for a couple of months to see if I could find work there. No luck! I came back to Indianapolis with my Mom, who has no income and is waiting for her disability hearing, which she finally got and will be in January. My son is 9 years old. About 2 weeks ago our electricity was shut off for nonpayment. I have been to every organization that I can think of to receive some type of help. Nothing. Most places say once it is turned off there isn’t anything they can do. The other organizations tell me, if I have no income then they can’t help. Since I was unable to turn my electricity back on my apartment complex has evicted us. According to our lease we must keep utilities on and we had 48 hours to do so. We did not. So the day before Thanksgiving we have to go to court.
Trying to shield my son from the things that are going on, my brother agreed to let him stay there. I am grateful, at least he is able to have a warm place to sleep. I know that I am not the only family in this situation, which is sad. I was driving home from downtown the other day and saw some homeless people with there stuff all trying to keep warm under one of the bridges. I am heartbroken for these people and am now facing this same fate.
What do people in my situation do? Where do they turn? What if you have family that will not help you? Our country spends millions of dollars helping other countries and we have people in our own country who could benefit from some of this help. There are abandoned buildings all over the U.S. that could be remodeled and set up to be some kind of living space for those on the street.
While there are people around the world getting ready for the holidays, take a minute and be thankful for the things you have. Do not take things in life for granted. I am guilty of this as well. What I wouldn’t give for a hot shower and a warm meal. Washing yourself in cold water and eating cold sandwiches sucks, but I am grateful for my health and my son’s health!
Update: I went to court the day before Thanksgiving and was given 48 hours to be out. With nowhere to go and no income, I am not sure what I will do. I am still looking for work and this will be the last article I write for a little while. Happy Holidays to all!