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Feeling helpless, hopeless while unpaid bills accumulate


To the Editor:

I have been laid off for almost three years. I have no income currently. I was on assistance from the Department of Human Services, but I have had to reapply after the death of my mom on April 22, 2009. I am an only child and have no one to help me with my bills. I don't know where to get help.

I have had my propane shut off and house insurance cancelled. I need help and I don't know where to go. I can't believe I've lived in the United States all my life and have to beg for help. I worked 19 years as a medical assistant until I was laid off. I feel if you were born here in the USA you can't get help. I guess you have to be from another country.

I don't know what to do. I don't want to lose everything I have worked for. I am destitute and feel like I lost my whole life when my mom passed. I am single and have no one to help me out.

If you know of any organizations that could help until I can get on my feet again, please let me know. I want to take a class to get certified to do home health care but I can't do classes until this September at the Vo Tech. Sometimes I feel in despair, that I can't find someone to help me.

If you can lead me in the right direction for help please let me know.

Editor's note: Linda, unfortunately you are not alone in your predicament. The good news is there is help, but it does take time and require a certain amount of paperwork. Contact Linked Hearts in Dryden at 796-3407. Help may also be available through the Hispanic Service Center (Imlay City), 724-3665 or through the Salvation Army at 810-653-1463. I sincerely hope this helps. Best wishes and good luck.

Linda E. Taylor, Dryden
May 20, 2009

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