I went to art school and have struggled to make a living ever since. I had a full-time job administering a youth arts program but was laid off (nor was it the first time). Now I work part-time leading an after-school program. I don’t make enough to live on and used up my savings while looking for a better job. I moved back in with my mother, which helps; but my 17-year old car is predicted not to last the winter by more than one mechanic. I have no money to buy even a used car much less a new one. Despite the nice community I live in, there is no public transportation that will get me to my job, nor can I easily expand my teaching to in-school programs, nor go back to school, nor otherwise improve my work situation without reliable transportation. I feel like I should be the one caring for my mother’s needs, not the other way around. I feel a little uncomfortable admitting my struggles and asking for help, but sometimes that’s just what a person needs to do to change their circumstances for the better. Thanks for the consideration.