Presently I do not own one pair of pants that does not have rips or holes in
the pockets. My shoes are in close to the same condition. In the past two years most of my clothing has come from the Salvation
Army store. Unfortunately they rarely have my pant size. Although my wife does work a full time job* she has her own financial
problems (student loans specifically) and it's about all she can do to keep up with the harbor rent fees, her car insurance,
gas, and food for the two of us. Most of the time my lunches consist of Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches and water, maybe
a Banana or chocolate bar if I'm lucky. I rarely get to eat at the college cafeteria because we cannot afford the prices there.
A "decent" meal consiting of one entre`, a salad, and a beverage can easily run $10.
I am also facing a dental crisis. I have two teeth that need pulled, one which is very close to
abscessing. I also need two or three cavities filled. I have no insurance plan and my wife cannot afford a family insurance
plan. My teeth are in pain almost daily but we are unable to afford the necessary dental care. The type of low wage jobs I
have been able to work in the past couple of years have not offered any dental insurance.
I want to be able to stay in college and complete my degree so I can have a career
in sociology. I have been informed by my academic advisors that sociology positions often start at 30 to 40K per year,
and that the University has close to a 100% placement rate for it's students. Yet I find myself in great financial difficulty,
and I fear that I might have to quit college and try to find a low wage job - knowing that such jobs would not enable me to
afford the cost of rent in apartments in this area. I also know that two years ago it took me four months to get hired at
a job, and then it was only a temporary job of three weeks duration.
*Note: Tracy had to leave her job in May when we moved from Alaska. Since she was care provider
and it was required she do physical lifting of patients, she could not work past her 3rd month of pregnancy.