I have worked since I was 14 years old. At 40 I went to graduate school at night and worked during the day obtaining my law degree. Because of that degree, I was able to get a job at an insurance company where I worked for over eight years. I worked my way up from claims examiner to management. In mid 2008 my management position was eliminated and I was put back to being a claims examiner. In February 2009, I was laid off. I was 52 years old.
Despite or because I have 20 years of experience, I have been unable to find an insurance position. I also have two law degrees, having obtained a LLM in Insurance Law while working for the insurance company.
Because of these, I have been able to obtain a part time Associate position but I am unable to make enough to support my self, my college aged daughter and my three grandchildren.
I am the guardian for my two oldest grandchildren as my son, their father passed away. My youngest grandson is my daughter’s child, but she is a full time college student without any means of support at all. Everyone lives with me.
I have used up all my savings and my 401 (k) and after two years I am having trouble making my mortgage and paying my daily bills. I have too much to get help and too little to make it without help.
All I want to do is to be able to work full time and make enough to take care of my family. I never thought I’d come to this.