55 WOMAN DON'T WANT TO LOSE HOME, WHERE'S A JOB!!!
I'm 55 year old woman and on my own. Been looking for work for three years now. Rejection stings just as much now (or more) than it did when I started looking. My unemployment benefits ran out in January and it is now May. I've applied at places such as Winco, Walmart, Target, Denny's, Costco, IRS (too numerous to mention), county jobs, Dollar Tree, Walgreen's, produce packing houses...the list goes on and on. I can't prove it, but I'm thinking there IS age discrimination. I am educated, decent looking, have work experience, and am fully able bodied and willing to do manual labor (no disabilities).
I live in a modest home that I've been in for 25 years. I raised my three kids here by myself. All three are on their own working and putting themselves through college with no help from me. I wish I could help them, but I can't even pay my mortgage at this point. They've helped me with money as much as they possibly can.
I've been renting a bedroom out of my home, but that doesn't cover my mortgage, much less the utilities, etc. Food is a luxury. Renters come and go (this one could be gone next month), and that is my only income right now. I haven't had TV for 11 months because I can't pay for cable (which is fine, I can live without TV).
I've never had any substantial amount of money, but I managed to raise three kids by myself in the same place and somehow made it through thick and thin. Now that I'm on my own I can't even find a minimum wage job! It's so unfair.
The financial stress has led me to isolation and depression, extreme depression. Not taking drugs, but sometimes a wonder why not (course, have no money for drugs anyway). It's getting more and more difficult to hang on to my sanity. Wish I could afford therapy.
I realize there are many people having an even tougher time than me right now. I'm not on the street (yet), and at least I'm able to pay to send this message to anyone who will read it. I have my health and that means a lot. Just wish/pray I can find a job.
In the meantime, I am asking for help from anyone who can offer it. I owe $50,000 on my home. My monthly payments are $1,000 per month. I also owe $50,000 in student loans, but my main concern right now is not losing my home. To any angel out there willing to help me get back up on my feet, I can only say "thank you." Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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