Downtrodden UU Member

By Simon

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Campaign ended on: July 29, 2017
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My name is Simon Hughes. I’m a member of the UU Church of Las Cruces, NM. I was referred here by my church mentor Judy Licht. It’s been a rough few years. My Dad died suddenly from a heart attack in July 2013. Mom got a backache October of 2014, was incomprehensible right after Thanksgiving, diagnosed with numerous Cancers in December and died 2 weeks later. May of 2016 (after several months searching), I landed a full time job that I really liked. Shortly after starting, I developed severe chest pain and breathing issues and had to quit. 6 months of testing in many fields and finally found out it’s a severely pinched nerve. Though pain persists, I’ve just been released for part time work (though going to try full time). I’ve exhausted savings, and Estate proceeds. My brother is (barely) paying my mortgage and has been trying to lend money, but can no longer do so. I’ve tried public and Facebook crowdfunding to no avail, and had this suggested by several members of my UU Congregration. This money is SOLELY for bills and gas money. I have access to food and have Medicaid.

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  1. Simon Post author

    So, 2 days to go and nowhere near. Dept of Vocational Rehabilitation has not been able to find suitable work (suffering from mental AND physical disabilities). I’m trying on my own as well and getting nowhere. I can no longer pay bills! Please help me.

  2. Ralph Yeager Roberts

    Simon, I wish I had more to offer than words but have been hit hard the last few years. I get how difficult it is to access resources and it is a game where you wait for hours to ask for help with no guarantee. You second guess everything to the point where it is so hard to mount a serious job search because to do that you have to believe in yourself and believe that it is worth the effort to try. It seems our churches would be in a good place to the network when someone needs a job or better yet to put pressure on area companies to commit to employing people with a break in their work history especially in light of the recession. At times it feels like there is a whole segment of our generation that is going to just get written off and too few people are willing to get mad about that. In Phoenix people are always giving away washers on craigslist many times they work and even if they don’t it is often an easy fix. Is there any money in your state from the bail out funds. I know the system is set up in most places so that the main gain ends up going to developers and the banks but even if they could get you a few months of not having to carry the mortgage. There are lots of good projects on here that I regret not having money to spend onjust wanted to say if I could I would help out. Stay strong.

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