Welcome to Street Prophets Coffee Hour! Thermal for the warmth of a good cup of coffee or your preferred beverage, as well as the warmth of a more progressive religion and community. Feel free to share what you’re drinking in the Comments, if you’re so inclined. This is also an Open Thread for you to connect.
Today’s topic: If you are a caregiver, and likely sometimes even when you’re not, you are probably all too familiar with that sense of overwhelm. Big to-do lists, and even though writing things down, in the back of your mind at all times, “Am I forgetting something?”
So Mom received an ominous-looking letter from the county that felt like it had a return envelope inside. And I thought “Uh oh, did we forget some tax or other??”
So deep breath and I opened it (Mom has made me her legal proxy).
Pleasant shock!! It’s a refund check!
From the enclosed letter:
From the Covid-19 pandemic, to rising costs at the grocery store, we know how difficult it has been for many of your — especially our valued seniors….
That’s why we have passed a one-time Senior Stimulus Program.
The program calls for a $200 stimulus payment, which you will find enclosed… It is our hope that this will provide you with some breathing room to help cover your expenses.
Wow! I have been reading in my news feed that various governments were sending these out, but thought it was some kind of scammy thing. This came from the local property tax office.
So if you find an official-looking letter in your mailbox this month, do not panic! It just MAY be good news!
We’ll put a little of this windfall into the community pot. So here is our reposting of The Needs List! From Aashirs nani (with permission) on Helping Humpday:
When sending via PayPal, be sure to select “Send to family/friend” to avoid fees on either end. Be aware, both donor and recipient, that GFM not only charges fees, but also money received through that platform is treated as taxable income. If you are requesting help through GFM, also be aware that there can be delays in accessing the money.
COMMUNITY NEEDS LIST AS OF 12/07/22:
Fundraisers who want a diary to be or stay on the list: PLEASE kosmail requests and donations received to njm5000 by Tuesday evening to be included on the Wednesday morning updated list.
Living on the financial edge—need help? Check out the Helping Directories before your next emergency.
Housing and Living Expenses Fundraisers and Other Links
Rule of Claw— posted a diary Monday. He is disabled and his wife needs a kidney. He also needs daily living money. You can subscribe to his weekly newsletter The Claw News and/or donate to his GFM here.
morgansmom—needs help towards major car repairs and moving to a better environment. $
8000 7950 7900 7850 7750 7725 7615 7605 7565 7465 7415 7375 7275 7175 7025 6920 6820 6570 6470 63606350 Turns out the car needs a front end rebuild, so repairs are on hold, til more $ is raised. :-) • Visit the KoFi page to see some cool artwork & donate! • PayPal: wingednag at gmail dot com.
DHfromKY—is looking to raise $
2450 1950 1830 1720 1685 1585 1385 1285 1180 1170 960 860 750 735 725 690 for rent and other necessities. Against the wall, again...• PayPal is dharden40219 at yahoo dot com—select “Send to a friend”, and PayPal doesn’t charge a fee.
J Graham—"Your child has mental health issues." But you're a fighter. "It's cancer." But you're a fighter... • She’s sleeping in a tent! (Cats, music, and a chance to help a deserving Daily Kos member). The goal is $
14,000 9944 9534 8884 8859 8709 8684 4448 4348 4323 4223 4213 3913 to cover first and last month rent, security deposit, some medical expenses, utility bills, and moving costs. She has a Mighty Cause fundraiser, and PayPal at: jgraham4healthcare at gmail dot com
michelewln—Her social security money didn’t get deposited, and she can’t pay rent.
PayPal: michelewilson327 at gmail dot com.
Wired Wolf—needs about $
3000 2960 2800 2600. Helping support Mom “…on one full time retail wage…and living on credit cards through Covid have suddenly caught up with us bigtime--I'm in way over my head right now…we're still waiting for our utility-assistance appeal and my student loan servicer never paused IBR payments. Paypal is paypal dot me/WiredWolf
anotherdemocrat—has a diary up: Anyone know where I can find a 2nd job? She’s in Austin and is suddenly $24000 in debt, mainly due to an HOA assessment! From the diary: “So, $24,000 is more money than I can ask even a big community like Daily Kos to donate. I have a venmo: at Becky-Helton, and Cashapp: $B3ckyHelt0n, if anyone wants to help with next month’s payments but for a big total like that, I need a 2nd job. My day job is M-F from 8-5, so it would have to be evenings & weekends.” and “Skills: writing, 20+ years of customer service work, super reliable…”
550 315 to get the car out of the shop. Diary The work has been done and it still has problems. The bill needs to be paid so it can be taken for further diagnosis. venmo.com/… • paypal @SCarpio
Kos Katalogue 2022 is here—please Kosmail CathyM or BeadLady if you have corrections or additions.
I’m in for a mickle each week toward a variety of DKos members on the Needs List. I hope you’ll join me. Always glad to see the needed amounts gradually decreasing!
If helping financially isn’t the right choice for you at this time, you can still help. Tip and rec the diary so it stays visible. Share on social media: Twitter, Facebook, whatever platform you use, to bring the attention of others outside our daily readers. And offer words of encouragement to people who are struggling. It can be scary to be struggling, and it can feel lonely. Let them know we understand and are here to help.
If you have time, please visit the diaries above and leave comments for their authors. Those words of encouragement are vital!
If you don’t like fundraisers, please just move along. They are a longstanding tradition at DKos — Until we vote in enough progressives to create a much stronger social safety net! (Maybe in 2 years.)
Please note: I take care of my 90ish-year-old Mom and something could come up, so I am scheduling this to auto-publish. If possible, I’ll be here to engage in Comments. However, if I’m not here, please chat amongst yourselves, take a coffee break, post aminal photos, food/drink and tunes, spread the word and invite your friends, etc.! Thanks to all!