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redrose77
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   Posted 9/29/2007 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, just when things were going well my fridge decides it doesn't like working all the time. Those sharp pains were apparently from food poisoning (nasty side effects on the intestines). So I am out a fridge and 2 weeks worth of food. Just when we can least afford it too. My fellowship monies are tied up for some reason no one can figure out. I am so tired of this. I really wish it had not happened but now that it has I have to find a way to replace the darned thing. None of my family will help or can. Hubby's family is too far away and unable. Social Services counts hubby's GROSS income and my SSI which includes over $400 a month for health insurance we never see and says we do not qualify for help. I hate living in a rich area because no one here donates money, time, or anything else to anywhere except the thrift stores. So unless you have money forget getting a fridge from a charity- cause the local thrift stores are charity run but do not give anything away to low income families. I hate how it all works. Heck the biggest local charity I cannot ask for help because hubby works for them and will be fired if I ask them for help (company policy). So we can either get help or have him work and have insurance. Sad when they are so embarrassed over the low pay to employees they don't want volunteers to learn about the pay scale or insurance costs. Oh well, I ususally pull something out of my rear in cases like these.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, pregnant due May 2008
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Celebrex, Darvocet, Singulair, Flexeril, Baby Asprin,Prednisone


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 9/29/2007 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Redrose . . .

If you belong to a local church, please call them. Our church sends out notices regularly for needs of the members. If you don't belong to a local church yet trying going to a website called ArkAlmighty.org

Once the page loads, click on "Find My Church" and then hit the "GO" button. Type in your State and City. If there is a local church participating, you will see it there. Then just list your need. If there is no participating church in your City, you can try other nearby cities to see if they have offered their assistance on the site.

I know there are people nearby you waiting to bless you . . . they just don't know your needs.

Sorry things are so difficult for you right now.

Blessings!

In His Grip

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redrose77
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   Posted 9/30/2007 2:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the site. We do not belong to a local church, we tried but it was extremely uncomfortable given the fact neither of us owns any where near the kind of clothes they seem to want. Add to that how hard it is to sit through a service and it wasn't worth the stares and whispers of those who were already part of the churches we tried out. Sad to live in an area where the poor are made uncomfortable if they try and attend church.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, pregnant due May 2008
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Celebrex, Darvocet, Singulair, Flexeril, Baby Asprin,Prednisone


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 9/30/2007 3:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Redrose,

I'm SO sorry for the discomfort you felt at the churches you've tried.

We actually have a little slogan we include on our bulletin and ads "Dress comfortably, we do!" . . . just to encourage participation by anyone who would rather not (or can't) get dressed up. This even encourages the teens and twenty-somethings to attend.

If you have a desire to be part of a church body, please keep trying different churches. I think you will know quickly when you have found your very own church home and it will be well worth the effort of finding it. We support each other thru life's hard times and good times.

Regardless, make sure and check out the ArkAlmighty site as you do not need to be a member of a church to use their help page. Lots of churches are actually trying to find people just like you. When I started going to church 30 years ago, I had absolutely nothing to offer them. They actually picked me and my kids up on Sundays because I didn't even have a car. They never asked me for a dime and they watched over me like they were family. I had surprise groceries show up and one of the ladies (at first I thought she was just a busy-body) came EVERY week and took me grocery shopping because she knew I had no car. That lady has been a life-long friend of mine, even though she moved out of state just a couple years after I met her. Most of all, I developed a relationship with God. Now life has improved for me so I try to help others when I can . . . its kind of a pay-it forward thing.

I hope you get some help with that fridge girl!!! I'm worried about you!

Blessings!

In His Grip

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redrose77
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   Posted 9/30/2007 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
The really sad part of this is the university is holding up 7500 in fellowship monies that I am supposed to use to help with living expenses while in my grad program. I worry that if I bother them more than every two weeks asking what is going on they will hold it up even more. It was supposed to be released the beginning of September. Kinda of a catch 22 situation since with that money buying a new fridge would definitely not be an issue. We actually went to around 15 local churches before we finally gave up. There are a couple more we could have tried but they are in an area of town where if we parked our car would be striped down within 20 minutes.

Is it being rude and bugging the person who is my only contact about my fellowship to ask a second time in a week what the heck is going on? I really hate to explain the situation as I am afraid she would say I should be working if I am struggling because of this kind of event.

Don't worry too much, I have found a solution a few times when I thought there was none. The biggest issues is that none of the local community based charity organizations have enough money to help people. One of the food banks collapsed from lack of funding, volunteers, and donations of food. Another has cut hours to 6 days a month for 2 hours each day. The third has lowered the income cut off for help to less than 700 a month. Yet the thrift store gets regular donations all because the people who can afford to donate money, food, items like clothes, furniture, appliances, etc... prefer the blank donation receipts they are given there- for some reason the place just hands them a validated receipt and lets them fill in the donation and value when ever they get around to it. Thus the tax break can be cheated on.

Sad that people have fallen so far in their gifts to charity. I really wish they did not restrict employees from applying for help through the volunteer run section that helps persons in need. For now I will make due with the fridge not getting anything that can spoil. Thank goodness I asked for the big freezer a few years ago. It may have been a cruddy birthday present but at least I can store some food. Plus I may be able to borrow one of those tiny fridges from my uncle the next time I get over that way. He has one that is about 1 1/4 feet by 1 foot. It will hold 1 gallon of milk in the middle and 2 cans in the door. It would mean having milk on hand. It will just be a while before I can make the trip. We has some issues with the plumbing eat up a large chunk of change. Well, I have babbled enough and really need to get my hands warm again. Next project is to get the furnace fixed- the wiring is messed up. At least hubby can do that. I still wonder who pulled those wires loose, I would like to slap them for it.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, pregnant due May 2008
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Celebrex, Darvocet, Singulair, Flexeril, Baby Asprin,Prednisone


omega
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   Posted 9/30/2007 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Try craigslist! Click on the area you live and see the "freebies" (something like that). Sometimes you may find some luck.

redrose77
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   Posted 9/30/2007 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I look at craigs list and freecycle frequently unfortunately neither has a working fridge available at this time
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, pregnant due May 2008
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Celebrex, Darvocet, Singulair, Flexeril, Baby Asprin,Prednisone


sharentrials
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   Posted 10/1/2007 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
((((((Redrose)))))) I am SO sorry for all you have on you right now at this special time. I would love to be able to just write you a check myself, but if you truly knew my circumstances you'd wonder how I even make it at times. I SO know the frustration of finding help when you truly need it. At the end of '05 and the beginning of '06 I was sinking SO deep in debt with all of the medicals caused by misdiagnosis' (mainly hospital bills) that I thought I'd never see the light of day. Just don't give up! Do some calling around. We have a Dept. of Human Services, a Neighborhood Center, and a few church run thrift stores that will help out when needed at no cost. In the larger cities, you could contact any Goodwill Stores or Salvation Army Stores. I really had to call and call before I got anything worked out and it came from several sources helping me at the same time. I know the info. was not easily available here. I just wish I could point you in a more definite direction. You do not need this kind of stress on you right now. I will pray that you will quickly find the help you need so it doesn't cause you any more problems. Please take care and know that you're being remembered.
Always looking for the silver lining, Sharen

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redrose77
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   Posted 10/1/2007 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I will be seeing someone tomorrow who can refer me to the local furniture bank. They will place me on a wait list for a fridge. The WIC office also referred me to a visiting nurse who can refer me for all kinds of services and help me get baby stuff. Ironically I found out that the funds being held up should be released either Wednesday or the 17th. It depends on how quickly it can be transfered to a different account. Silly people put it in the wrong one. I am hoping that some miracle has it released Wednesday instead of the 17th because then we can just buy a new fridge.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, pregnant due May 2008
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Celebrex, Darvocet, Singulair, Flexeril, Baby Asprin,Prednisone

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