Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
Several days ago I read an important article on Vox about the increase in older people who are homeless. You can find it here: https://goo.gl/w94bEM
In case you don't have time to read the article, although I recommend making time, I'll sum it up for you: CeciliaSue Hecht experienced a series of losses and economic setbacks that led her to live in her car with her dog, Cici. They've been homeless for two years. Cecilia Sue is 66, has a college education, gets writing gigs and PR work when she can, but the economic hardships in the United States have had a severe effect on her ability to earn a living. She has also developed health problems.
CeciliaSue blogs at Have dog blog will travel, where you can see a photo of her boon companion, Cici.
CeciliaSue's story made its way to my heart and soul where it grabbed me and asked, What are you going to do about this?
My concern wouldn't let go, probably because homelessness is one of my greatest fears. Before my then husband served me with divorce papers, he sent me an email that said he fully expected to support me for one year.
One year? I'd be on the street in one year because I can't earn enough money to support myself. I was terrified to the point that I broke down and could barely function. I saw my doctor, who told me, No, Janie. Your husband will have to support you for the rest of your life.
So far, between maintenance (the new word for alimony), editing, and careful use of my funds, I'm okay. I have a small, comfortable house. I pray to God that I never lose my home.
After I read the Vox article, I became a follower of Have dog blog will travel, where I learned that a "YOUCARING" fund has been set up in an attempt to raise $10,000 for CeciliaSue and Cici. As of Tuesday, October 4, at 9 p.m., $2,385 has been donated at https://www.youcaring.com/celiasue-hecht-594952.
How could I help? How much could I give? I go on a fun outing about once a year. During September, I saw Brian Wilson in concert. I took the amount I spent on the tickets added to the cost of gas and parking and eating dinner before the concert. That gave me the amount I could and should donate.
I have done so.
I won't ask you to make a donation. Perhaps you don't have money to spare. You probably support charities in your own communities.
But I've made you aware of CeciliaSue and Cici. Their situation provides us all with the opportunity to decide to make a difference.
If you can't donate money, then perhaps you have something else you can give, such as a job, your prayers, your good wishes, and publicizing the fundraising effort.
I hope you'll hold CeciliaSue and Cici in your hearts.
Infinities of love,