I'm Chelsea, thank you for taking the time to read about my family! Asking complete strangers for help is one of the hardest things for me to do! I'm only making this page because someone, oddly enough, a complete stranger, asked me to as a step of faith that God will provide to fix my car. This person who had no way of knowing I love Jesus, asked me to trust God. Even used those specific words! I believe without a shadow of doubt God used that person to remind me He provides, He is the ultimate good good Father and Husband. My car repairs are not top priority any longer. You will see why below. I was strongly encouraged to tell details of my story. This also helps remind me that God will use my family's story for His good ALWAYS, He cares about US too, even us.
I am a 35 year old newly divorced single mother of three children between the ages of 12 and 15. We are all domestic violence survivors. My kiddos experience varrying degrees of disability in several areas including but not limited to physical, developmental, neurological, Trauma etc. Which is partially why I am not practically able to work full time. It's also worth mentioning that I struggle with my own mental health/trauma. Shortly after my most recent (minor) car issue happened my daughter had a mental health crisis and is currently in an in-patient facility getting the help she desperately needs. This also means missed work hours so I can be present for my child, actively participating in her treatment.
I had to fight for the independence my marriage of 15 years to even be able to work(when possible) have acces to bank accounts, get my drivers license etc. I got my license at 33 and I am so greatful! My former husband was/is more of the mindset that his role is mostly financial. It is a privelage to navigate the special education system & private medical system for my children! I've learned so much and also gained a passion to help other families like mine. I work in that same field for that reason. I earn over my states minimum wage as well as receive child/spousal support. Despite that my family still falls way below the poverty line, even beore this pandemic because I cannot work full time because my kids need me more than financially! I've applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for my lost wages directly related to covid and am still waiting to see if Im even approved. Which means no payments yet if they are even coming at all. I truly am working as much as I can while still being the primary parent responsible for most areas of parenting. Transportation, case management and SO MUCH MORE. As a special needs parent this is way more involved that typical parenting. Parenting itself is hard work! This is something many people struggle to understand unless they have lived experience. It's also something many of us living it are ashamed or too discouraged to share. To be frank it's partially bc there isn't enough awareness in general. Also our society has turned into one that implies no matter what our strengths or weaknesses are we all need to somehow be super human. Also one that values less and less the importance the presence of parents , while simultaneously blaming them for "not parenting well".
Any funds raised will go towards bills, and any basic needs not covered by social services/public assistance or non profit organizations. I have learned how to navigate those systems pretty well. These funds will also help temporarily ease the burden of lost wages due to COVID-19 and also my daughter's mental health crisis.
Thank you for reading!