Okay, I went on a bit of a rant earlier today over on Facebook. I had had a few people ask me my reasons behind helping out a friend, who has been out of work for the last two years, to raise some much-needed rent money. I think there’s a bit of a feeling of “what’s the point if it’s not a long term fix”. So here’s what I said…
Because I’ve been asked about this a few times, it’s time to clear some things up. I got involved with this because I know what it feels like to be struggling, to wonder if I’ll be able to pay my mortgage beyond the next month, to have to consider state assistance for certain things (I didn’t qualify for unemployment). I was lucky to have found part time employment pretty quickly after losing a full time job. Even with part time work, last year was pretty damn scary. I’m lucky enough to be back to work full time now and am grateful to be in a position to help out a friend with my time, money and talent.
This fundraiser is not a long term solution, it wasn’t intended to be. It’s a way to help a friend make it a bit further along as she continues to search for a job that will actually support her. She’s been doing odd jobs, applying for everything and has come close to employment several times in the last two years. She is not lazy and she is most certainly trying everything she can to find employment.
The result of this fundraiser has been an outpouring of support for another human being in trouble. Not all of the support has been with money, some of it is simply a kind word and sometimes that’s enough to keep going…it’s also resulted in several job leads.
Maybe the feeling for some is that they don’t realize that losing a job is about more than a lost paycheck. Some of your self-worth goes, too.
With that, I just got an invite to an event at Bookmamas in Irvington (9 South Johnson Avenue, Indianapolis) to hear DW Gibson read from his new book, Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today’s Changing Economy. Several Indianapolis locals who are featured in the book will be reading along with Gibson including Judy Wolf, Kelly Graham-MacDonald, and Nancy Lee. There will also be a Q&A and a preview of the forthcoming documentary. The event is Saturday, July 28 beginning at 2pm.