Hunger & Poverty Crisis - Struggling Family Needs Your Help!

Hunger & Poverty Crisis - Struggling Family Needs Your Help!

From Cecily Greenwalt

A little financial boost for a single mom navigating life after homelessness.

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On April 21st, 2022 my 7-year-old and I were officially homeless. Too embarrassed to tell anyone at work, I made do by using public wi-fi from the confines of my car and laptop. This went on for a few weeks until I was able to secure a room at our local shelter for abused families, but the hardships were far from over. 

My productivity and moral took a hard blow, as my anxiety increased by the minute. Shelter accommodations were temporary and there wasn't enough time in the day to solve the problems piling up at my feet. By late May, my worst fears had come to life... Keegan and I were homeless once again. 

Another month of using public wi-fi, sleeping in hotel rooms and Church parking lots, and buying food multiple times a day. What money I had left went into my gas tank to keep us moving and cool in the nighttime heat. By June 24th, 2022 I was writing a check and emptying my savings for the keys to our new apartment. 

Unlike most others, we moved into this apartment with the clothes on our backs and a checking account balance of $0.24 - no money for groceries, electricity, or other basic needs. It wouldn't be until my next paycheck that we were able to turn everything on and get started in our new home, but at no point have even half of our needs been met. For the first time in my life, I'm not only running out of money between paychecks - I'm going into the negatives between paychecks. 

Every week I fall further and further behind. Of course, I immediately started applying for whatever help I could get but as it turns out... I still make "too much money" to get approved for anything. Even Social Services acknowledged the impossible position I'm in, stating that I'm right on the line of extreme poverty for Fauquier County where I'm not making enough to get by but still too much to be eligible for assistance.

I've started working side jobs, eliminating most of the time I would have with my kids. I've stopped having taxes taken out of my check, I've sold anything I didn't need, I've stopped paying my credit cards which has ultimately lead to a steep drop in my credit score. As I struggle to put food on the table and keep the lights on at the same time, I'm dreading the crushing guilt that will be a result of my failure to provide the Christmas my kids deserve after the year they've had. 

Without family to help or a loan-worthy credit score, or any options for public assistance... this is the only remaining option I have. If anyone reading this has even a few dollars they could spare, I'm hoping to raise enough to give us just a small leg up. Starting a completely new life like this without any outside help is far more difficult than I could've ever imagined. 

Should this fundraiser do well enough, I'd like to use the funds to put us one month ahead of bills and cover a portion of Christmas. Coming from a life of narcissistic and financial abuse I won't allow myself to open that door again. I have to do everything in my power to keep from falling back into that dangerous cycle.

Every dollar counts. If you can't donate, please share with anyone you think might be able to. 

Thank you for reading just a short summary of my story, I appreciate you. 

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