I am a 26 year old single mother of 4 children, ages 5, 4, 2 and 1. I just got out of a very verbally, emotionally, and sometimes physically abusive relationship with their father. He would not work, which left the financial burden of providing for my family entirely upon me. I got behind on some bills after I had my youngest child because I couldnt find a job for a few months. I have never been able to catch up.
Everything came crashing down on me about a month ago. My rent was behind, my water and electricity got cut off, and my car broke down. What made it the hardest for me was having to deal with the abuse everyday when I came home from work, adding unnecessary stress. One day I got fed up and took a chance. I took what I could and left.
My first week in Atlanta and I already got a job. Good pay, yet not quite enough to provide comfortably for a family of 5, but the best is yet to come. I have faith in God, and feel very optimistic. I no longer have to deal with the abuse, and I can start a new chapter. But of course I have new hurdles to overcome, being that at the moment we really have nothing but the clothes on our backs. A good friend loaned me their car for a while, the children are in daycare, which I get assistance for, and I am staying at a womens shelter. They said we can stay for 30 days, which should be enough time for me to save up a few paychecks and find a place. Right now Im going to need 1st months rent, deposit, utility deposits, furniture, gas money, clothing, diapers, etc. I have been riding on fumes because I have no money right now, so the gas tank is empty and I'm making it by solely on faith. God is taking me in a new direction for a reason. I have inside of me the strength to make the necessary changes to leave my old negative, stress-ridden life behind and begin a new chapter, for the sake of my children. I am a hardworker but I just need a little help to get over the hump of this transition. Any help or advice would greatly be appreciated!!! Thank You!