Wow! You all are so wonderful.
I have tried so many of those ideas already -- pparx, RxIllinois, Salvation Army, ComEd Cares, Warm Hearts/Warm Homes, Cephalon's program, all the local pharmacies' programs. It really is depressing. :(
But there are a few new ideas that I will try. What's frustrating is that I was out sick on extended leave, but didn't qualify for LTD insurance, however, since I was enrolled in an LTD plan, I could not qualify for any other type of insurance or financial assistance. Cephalon's program is exclusively for people with no insurance whatsoever. RxIllinois does not cover pain meds unless it's for cancer or something like that. Because I had no income at all & could not get any assistance from family members, the utility programs will not let me qualify for their programs (very frustrating since it was not an easy application process). And then I come to find out that food stamps & rxIllinois have this stupid requirement that you can't own a reliable vehicle. ARRRGGGH! So aggravating. Heck, if I had $10K (or even $300) worth of jewelry, I guarantee you it would already be sold. I guess it's probably designed so that you don't have to hock your wedding band, but it's still pretty aggravating to me that jewelry is okay, but a working vehicle isn't. I'm scared to do a title loan since I don't have any money coming in & am not sure I could pay it back. I feel like I would be way better off just selling my vehicle vs. losing it to a title loan company at only 50% of the value. I did look into that, though. It's just not having a job makes everything so unpredictable.
Salvation Army does not have enough donations to help people who are not homeless. Once I lose my home, they may be able to help me, but donations are way, way, way down. Catholic Charities is the same. My own church is very, very small. There are only about 20-25 families and they are very poor. I love inner-city ministry, so that is why I got involved with the church, to give to others. Unfortunately, that means that now that I am down on funds, I don't really have anywhere to turn. I do get food from the food bank that they run (which is a huge blessing), but that's really all the help I can get. They're going to see if they can help me out with some quarters so I can do my laundry, but even that is iffy. Things are really hard right now & I get that. I wish I could be in a better position so I could help other people out of their tough times, but at this point, I just can't.
I do appreciate some of the new ideas that you all shared. I need to just keep at it. I "only" need to find another $850 and then my insurance will pick up 100% of the cost for all prescriptions & medical care for the rest of 2009. I am trying to rent out an extra room in my condo & have been hired by a temp agency (if they ever get any jobs in) so there is some possibility of getting a little money in through one of those routes. It's all just so frustrating. I'm getting desperate with the job hunting. Heck, even those forestry jobs are starting to look pretty sweet. (lol) No, seriously though, they are! Hopefully, I will find something soon. It's so hard, especially being in all this pain, to go job hunting. It seems like any time there are a few jobs open, thousands of people line up at the crack of dawn for them & they're filled before you can blink. Yesterday, 4000 people stood in line for 12 hours to apply for one of 300 jobs at a new hotel. The jobs pay minimum wage or less. I wouldn't even care about the minimum wage, but I can't really see myself getting up at 2am, standing in line wearing dress shoes outside on the sidewalk in 30F windy weather from 4am - 4pm and then being in any shape at all to give a decent interview. How am I supposed to compete with that?! It's like a boot camp level endurance test just to win a 3-minute interview!
Well, I'm off to try out some of your ideas & also to keep looking for jobs. Don't have a moment to lose since last month I lost out on one of 15 DOJ jobs that were posted. They said they were looking to fill them by next September, but went to one of those god-forsaken job fairs (only a 10 hour wait for that one, but no guarantees that after those 10 hours that you would actually land an interview) and filled all 15 openings in one fell swoop. If this keeps up, I think I will have to start self-identifying as disabled, even though I don't need much in the way of accommodations on the job, just b/c of the physical stamina required to land an interview.
No money = No meds = No energy = No job = No money