As many of you have probably noticed the brown chip-in widget here on the blog, and on the main site you are have also seen the note to come here to check out the blog to find out what is going on.
This month has been particularly hard in our home. I finally got my divorce final. This would be really the only highlight. And even that was depressing.
As some of you know, I rent rooms to boarders here in my home to make ends meet. It allows me to be at home with my kids and this went from a boon to a requirement. I have no family nearby or anyone who can watch my son while my daughter is at school so getting a job myself was out of the question. Daycare is far too expensive for me at this stage as well. So I am dependent on rent from a total of four adults who live in three of the rooms here to keep things going. (This is also the situation that ended up causing me to ask for donations for V-RADIO in the first place.)
Two of those adults both had unexpected financial crisis hit them, so they are falling behind. One of which started his own business in the Michigan economy. (Oops) and the other of which is currently paying a wonderful fee called a "Driver's responsibility fee" because he was caught driving without proper insurance. They basically fine you a couple hundred dollars a month, for two years. (Seems kind of self defeating huh?)
The last two were a couple. One of which was a young lady willing to watch my kids. I waited for the divorce to be final and started to look for a job and got so far as the interview process only to be told that her father has convinced her to move back home. (A fairly common thing right now. Young adults move back in with their parents so they can lower their monthly costs and keep their lifestyle. The fact that she is pregnant doesn't help.) So that ended my job options.
So the couple was going to move out. This of course being sudden very well could of crushed my financial situation that was already teetering over the edge. So the man of the couple agreed to stay in the home and pay rent until I could find another roommate or means to make money.
He was employed at Wal-Mart until about an hour ago. Note, I said was.
So today he sustained an injury on the job and they fired him on the spot so that they do not have to pay him disability. Apparently he crushed his finger. (I haven't seen him yet.)
So, now it looks like he will also be moving out. As he has no job here and would not be able to get another one before rent was due anyway.
Thankfully I was able to pay the rent, but all of the utilities are still unpaid this month, thanks to my two other roommates being unable to pay their own rent on time. And even when they do, it will not be enough to pay rent and utilities in the following month.
So, here is my predicament. I cannot become employed outside the home. I am working on writing a few books for money from within the home. However it will take a long time for those projects to come to fruition. And I will lose my home and my children immediately following that long before that could ever save me.
So here is what I propose to the listeners of V-RADIO.
This month, I am going to work constantly to give you as many great shows as I feasibly can. I can't promise a lot of guests as that takes time to set up but I am going to do my damndest. I will be writing original blogs and having discussion shows with panelists on various issues and taking requests for issues to cover as well.
I have put a brown chip-in widget labeled "V-RADIO SUPPLEMENTAL" with a goal of $400 (The amount of rent I normally would bring in from that couple who is moving out) for this month. I also still need the normal donations to keep V-RADIO up and running.
Not to be dramatic, but this is basically my darkest hour. This is do or die. The monetary system here in Michigan is crumbling under technological unemployment as fast as the companies can export or automate the work. If I become homeless obviously V-RADIO will also cease to be. And my work for the movement will cease for the foreseeable future. I have no idea where I would go, or worse where my children would end up.
I am going to do everything in my power on my end to try and get help in the meantime. But that is a process that may not work out.
I absolutely appreciate everyone who has supported V-RADIO up until now. I know some of my detractors will have a field day with this. (And they can all go to hell) but this is it. My back is against the wall. Please help if you can.