A needed response

I have been out of work for about 6 months now. I’m currently surviving on unemployment to support myself and two children. Right before this past Christmas, I ran out of funds. I was tightening my belt as much as I could but it just wasn’t enough to meet my needs. I paid January’s rent [...]


A new place

My family moved to Salt Lake City in 1994. We were just starting out and lived in a small 3 bedroom home, which made things rather difficult with 10 people in the household. It was during that time of our lives that we witnessed and were recipients of the generosity of people. I remember going into [...]


Storm Angels

It was 1985 and I was 8 months pregnant with our first child. My husband and I decided to go up to East Canyon Dam and spend a couple days playing in the water for the weekend. We were young and carefree so we thought it would be fun to take some blankets and just [...]


Burger King

During a particularly hard financial time for our family, I took my 6 small children out to a Burger King in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I thought we had enough money for the children to get food, as we looked at the menu and what they wanted to purchase, we didn’t have quite enough. You [...]


26 Years Sober

It was the day after Thanksgiving in 1988. I had just lost my wife to cancer. I was 33 at the time and she was just 40 days short of her 35th birthday. I was driving back to work on that November afternoon intoxicated. I had developed a horrendous addiction to alcohol. It was my [...]


Anonymous Friend

My friend was recently going through a rough time with money but saved up just barely enough to buy a car. Sadly, on the week he bought the car he parked it in an illegal parking spot and it was towed away. He had no more money to pay to get the car out. And [...]


I am a single mother

Yesterday after my work shift my manager pulled me aside before I went home and put 100 dollars into my hand and said Mindy, I love you and I want you to take this to help you give your daughters a good Christmas…. I immediately began to cry, I had no money to put any [...]


Christmas Eve in Vernal

Christmas Eve 2014 proved to be one of the hardest, yet most special days of my life.  I live alone, so the holidays are always a little hard. Sure, I have neighbors and a few friends I could celebrate with, but I always feel out of place. I found staying home with my cats and [...]


A Bloody Nose

I had a job interview for my dream job at my dream company and got a very bad bloody nose on the drive there. I stopped at a Target to get something new to replace my blood stained shirt but when I got up in line I  realized the interview jitters had broken my morning [...]