Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My heart is full of fear.....

As most of you know, my dad has been unemployed since April 2009 - his position was eliminated from his company after he worked there for 28 years. He was not given the opportunity to be placed somewhere else in the company, but a person who was there a year longer than him was. He has sent out hundreds of resume and only had 8 interviews in the last 10 months and to make matters worse, on April 17th, his unemployment expires if he does not find a job.

I've been trying for days to hold back how much this is hurting me deep inside but I just can't do it anymore. I don't know what to do or where to turn. Congress is trying to pass another extension on unemployment, but who knows if it will happen since they only have till the 28th to pass it and they aren't moving quickly enough. If it does run out they will be living on the saved severance and my moms salary, which is not much. They've had a string of bad luck the last few months, their furnace went out and so did my dad's car causing them to have to tap into their savings account.

People from their church have been sending grocery gift cards and money to them about every other week which they appreciate more than words could ever express. They are not behind on any bills and are just barely making ends meet at this point, but once the unemployment is gone they won't be able to make it - their house is not paid off (but thankfully all of the cars are), they have a loan from my school and just general bills. I wish that I could do something, but I'm barely making it as it is....I cried myself to sleep for the last 2 nights over this and I'm just at a loss.

Some of my family has reached out to them, but my closest relatives act like its no big deal and that it will work out, well at this point I don't think it will. Just writing all of this is making me sick to my stomach and the tears are welling up in my eyes. If anyone has any suggestions or ways I can find to help them out please leave a comment with your email and we can discuss this further. Thanks everyone for listening, this has always been a good place to vent.


Maya said...

I will look into this over the next week or so, see what I can find.

Amanda said...

Thank you so much, I THINK they extended unemployment but I'm not sure bc everything I read online is different and there is nothing on the Ohio Job and Family Services website.