My need and situation
I am 55 years of age, and living alone in a studio apartment. My ambitions are to hopefully get enough money to go and be with my family for Memorial Day weekend. Meeting this need will help me to buy some decent clothes and pay for my fare to and from New York.
After living on the streets for 18 years, I am grateful to have my own studio apartment at a supportive housing complex in the Bronx. I was in an abusive domestic violence relationship, and I slowly developed the strength to leave this relationship, and I also struggle with addiction issues, which have contributed to my past homeless situation. I am in the process of improving and trying to better my life, but at this moment I am in a bit of a jam money wise.
I am having problems paying rent and bills at the moment, but am working on improving budgeting the limited amount of money that I do receive. Being a good budgeter does not come naturally to me, but I am trying. There is an occupational therapy program at my housing unit, and I am planning on attending sessions on financial budgeting. I am also trying to continue to improve and get on my feet in the future by going to outpatient detox and rehab, staying away from drugs, and once out of rehab, participating in NA and AA meetings. Family is important to me and I love them, and would like to visit and see them again. We are having a memorial for my mother on May 27th. I also have a son that's 28 years old, whom I haven't seen since he was 3 years old. But as I've said, I am in a bit of a jam. I can't afford to go and pay for the Greyhound tickets to take me there to another state and back to NYC. I would also like to purchase some decent clothes to look presentable when I reunite with my family.
I appreciate any help I might possibly receive. I thank each and every one who reads my paragraphs. God Bless and be with each and every one of you.
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I am a social worker here at Barrier Free Living, which is a supportive housing unit. I have been working with Gladys on her goals and ambitions for around half a year now. She is a spirited and sensitive individual, and she cares about her family greatly. Through difficult life circumstances, and also being on a limited income for travel, she has not seen several family members for an extended period of time. This is very difficult for Gladys, since she misses them, and it would make her happy if she could finally reunite with them.
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