I have not explored the full range of ‘services’ available to us, partly due to pride and independence, partly due to living in a state of denial (I KNEW I would be getting a job soon and could not acknowledge to myself our fall from middle class), and partly due to a reluctance to lower myself into the morass known as social services with all the requisite crawling and self-exposure! I like to keep my private life private.
But, unless I get a job in the next month or congress renews the unemployment benefit extensions, we will be out on the street soon – we only have 2 more benefit checks. The former seems unlikely based on my experience to date, and the latter isn’t anything I want to count on, so I’ve decided I must go ahead and at least prepare to apply for food stamps (food being our biggest expense after rent).
My preliminary research into available services did turn up one unexpected plus – California has a low cost auto insurance program (and we qualify) so the insurance I have to renew this month may cost $100 or more less than the private quote. Now if they’d just lower the registration fees for the car and trailer!
So look forward to more adventures to come as I thread the maze of services, applications, and options ahead of us and continue the job search, work on my book proposal and research North Dakota! Hang on, the ride might get a little rocky!