I am one of the “long term unemployed.” I lost my job in March 2013 and began receiving Unemployment Compensation in May 2013. I had been working steadily since I was 17 years old. I am now 45. I suffer from several chronic health conditions which leave me in constant pain. Even so, I diligently began a job search, to little avail. I suddenly found myself either over-qualified or under-qualified for many jobs. I put in over 200 applications/resumes and received only two interviews. I couldn’t even get work in fast food! Dec. 28, 2013 the Government ended UEC for 1.3 million people. I was one.To my horror, the barely staying afloat we had been maintaining had become a steep decent into poverty. For the first time in my adult life, I faced having my utilities disconnected, my car insurance being canceled, which would result in my driver’s license being suspended, my phone and internet (which I used daily for job searches) were going to be disconnected and we had no money for food.I asked family and friends for help, and I received only offers of prayers and advice to repent and accept Christ and all my troubles would be taken away. Yes, I was told, God would provide me with the financial assistance I so desperately needed. I turned to local charities and churches. I was offered odd assortments of slightly out of date food and soft fruits and vegetables, but no tangible help. I began to seriously contemplate suicide. At least my suffering would end and my family would benefit from the insurance money. (The suicide clause was long passed, I checked.)I was online, in tears one night and I came across the We Are Atheism Facebook page. From there, I found Atheists Giving Aid. I sent an e-mail, out of total desperation, my faith in my fellow man nearly destroyed, and the next day I received a response from Amanda Brown. She called me on the phone shortly thereafter and we had a pleasant conversation. She listened while I explained my need and my despair, and she said that there may be hope for me. To say the least, I was terrified and hopeful all at once.The following day, I heard back from Ms. Brown and within a week, I had the help I had so desperately needed and could not find anywhere else. The Government denied me, my family and townspeople abandoned me, the Church scorned me, and Atheists helped me. Without judgment and without prejudice. The help so generously offered to me went a long, long way to restoring my faith in Humanity.I will never be able to express my heartfelt appreciation for everyone involved with Atheists Giving Aid. You saved my life. Literally. I promise to pay the kindness forward and will be forever grateful.
In January 2014, Teresa Mitchell-Robbins, sent in an Atheists Giving Aid application for emergency financial assistance. She was on the brink of loosing everything and had exhausted all options. The church wouldn’t help, family wouldn’t help, and the support network she thought she could depend on no longer existed. At first Teresa only asked for $500 to pay the past-due internet and utility bills. But a few weeks later her husband became ill and had to take off of work along with her sister loosing her place of employment and needing a place to live there just wasn’t enough money to make it until her first paycheck. Not wanting Teresa to loose this amazing opportunity of steady work Atheists Giving Aid sent her another $800 to pay the minimum amounts due on outstanding bills. She was still collecting food from food pantries and using all government and secular resources available since the churches were still refusing to help her. Teresa needed help. She needed to be shown that there are people in the world who do care if she lives or dies and want to see her and every human in this world not only survive but thrive. Teresa is still finding her way back to financial stability but she has a steady job, her husband is back to work, and her sister has found a new job herself and has moved out and is now on her own again.
Total donated: $1,300
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