It’s Time for Food Stamps

Today, I did something I never thought I would ever have to do. I applied for food stamps at the Department of Human Services. Sigh. . .

I know, in my head, that the purpose of DHS services is to help people like me who have been put in a bad situation. I know, in my head, that I have helped fund these services with taxes that I have paid while employed for many years. I know, in my head, that using these services does not make me a bad person. I know, in my head, that I am not a failure. I know all of these things – in my head.

My heart, on the other hand, is breaking. Unemployment is taking its toll in many ways – financially and emotionally.

I have applied for over 30 jobs in the past 4 1/2 months. I have worked diligently to review job postings, revamp my resume’, write professional cover letters, complete applications, and apply – apply – apply. I have prepared thoroughly for the few interview opportunities I have received. At each interview, I have felt that I presented myself in a professional and positive manner. But, still, no job.

A funny thing did happen in the DHS interview. The representative told me, at first, that the amount I receive from unemployment is just over the limit to receive food stamps. Then, in conversation, I mentioned that I wondered if the fact that I am almost 62 had anything to do with not receiving a job offer. She said, “You’re over 60? That means we can count your medical insurance payments against your unemployment income.” Hmmm. . . I’m taking it as a positive that she didn’t realize I was over 60. I’ll take any positive I can.  🙂

I am thankful that I will be able to receive some help with purchasing food. I am thankful for many things. . . I would be even more thankful if I could get a good job that uses my knowledge and expertise.

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About grandawn

I work as administrative support in the Oklahoma State University Art Dept. For the past few years, I have been responsible for finances, paperwork, and other decisions for my parents who lived in Texas. Working now to finalize everything after Father's death in 2012 and Mother's death in 2013. I also keep busy blogging, writing children's books, and occasionally shooting commercials. I live in Oklahoma, USA. I have three wonderful grandchildren. I am a teacher, writer, actor, singer. . . and whatever else I can manage.
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2 Responses to It’s Time for Food Stamps

  1. knittingmaestro says:

    Being thankful is important for both the head and the heart. Still praying for you my friend!!!

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