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CATLUV   in reply to AprilT   on

Light Bill Assistance

 in response to mom september5...   

First of all contact your local utility company and communicate with them about your current circumstance and request an extension along with a payment plan in order to give you a bit more time and relief to figure things out and apply for further assistance. I would then suggest going to your utility company's customer solution's department and apply for their various financial assistance programs .. ie., one time family grant, monthly discount for those whom are either low income/disabled/seniors, as well as applying for LIHEAP, and seeking help from The Salvation Army and Catholic Community Services. Here is a link which better details all of these options as well as links to their respective websites: Finding Financial Assistance. Best of luck, Cat

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CATLUV   in reply to SysBot   on

What's on your heart and mind today?

 in response to Alicia28...   

Maybe something on here will be of some assistance: Finding Financial Assistance and Avoiding Scams

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CATLUV   in reply to SysBot   on

What's on your heart and mind today?

 in response to jarred...   

Here are some basics for financial assistance ... also, you may want to try contacting various associations for chronic illness related to liver disease. You may have some luck with that by contacting your local hospitals and their respective social workers. Finding Financial Assistance. Bless your heart. 

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CATLUV   in reply to SysBot   on

What's on your heart and mind today?

 in response to Anomaly...   Sandy24 posted something about her yesterday or the day before ... check her page or message her if you can for info on Starshine
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CATLUV   in reply to sqiggler   on

roof fixed.

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Has she contacted various housing authorities like Habitat for Humanity? Also, is she disabled? If so, here's a website which may help get you going the in the right direction: https://www.disability.gov/. Also, doing some google searches under seniors and housing needs may find something. Best of luck. 

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CATLUV   in reply to SysBot   on

What's on your heart and mind today?

 in response to Schmidty...   I agree with you Schmidty .. I've been going between trying to completely avoid some of those folks to making very blunt posts stating exactly what you just did. If someone's seeking money, period, and not truly interested in doing the work to find assistance and gets irritated by such suggestions, I wish they'd just be up front and say, hey, I want/need money, no resource direction. It's a waste of our time and energy, .. and frankly rude and disgusting.
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CATLUV   in reply to twytie   on

desperate for help

also, about the lights piece, have you done any of the things I mentioned in the previous post? I understand if you don't have a place then no electric follows, but typically getting assistance for utilities is a bit easier plus there are extensions etc., if you contact them and explain your situation. Were you only served with eviction papers by your landlord, or is this the sheriff's dept?
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CATLUV   in reply to twytie   on

desperate for help

Sorry to hear that. I mentioned a few, including trying 211, as some places won't even considering helping with rent unless you're down to those last few days. Yes, unfortunately many places are lacking the funding and it's certainly about being the most persistent of those seeking help and jumping thru the hoops and playing the game in order to get help. Which places have you applied with already?
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CATLUV   in reply to twytie   on

desperate for help

Have you tried The Salvation Army and Catholic Community Services? Also, for a directory of resources in your area and ones which will apply to your situation, try calling 211 or going online to 211.org. Here's a link to a page which covers the basics for assistance, and lists the various websites for each: Finding Financial Assistance and Avoiding Scams. Also, regarding the utilities, have you contacted your utility company and explained your situation, requested an extension as well as a payment plan? That would be the first place to start, then, go to their respective customer solutions department and apply for the low income/disability/seniors discount (if available it's typically around 25% discount, and you only have to be one of the above qualifications - but which ever it is, remember to bring proof of unemployment, disability award or age proof, etc). Also, while there ask for their financial assistance options. Usually they will have a one time family grant, for a flat amount .. in my area it's $150. Then, for the near future, apply for/with LIHEAP for your various utilities. Get on the list, make an appointment, collect your info and make sure you go to that appointment. The amount they help you with is dependent upon your income and number of people in the home, etc. It's important to get that ball rolling so that you will be eligible for assistance in the fall and/or winter, as funds do go fast. Other resources and ideas are included in the link I've provided. I do hope something may be of help for you. Some places, like the Salvation Army I believe, only help when you have received a notice to vacate, so all hope is not lost yet! Blessings, Cat

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CATLUV   in reply to dhona   on

help me

Perhaps something from this page for the basics for getting financially assistance may be of some help ... Finding Financial Assistance and Avoiding Scams. Best of luck and keep trying! Blessings, Cat

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CATLUV   in reply to need you   on

need help with section 8

 in response to needs...   You're most welcome. As far as the food stamps, that should not be based on living with anybody. If you're legally an adult and have little or no income, you should qualify for full help - which is typically $200 for one person. I would reapply & check back into it. Who told you you wouldn't be eligible? I think you were given the wrong information or they misunderstood your circumstances.
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CATLUV   in reply to need you   on

need help with section 8

Section 8 often has a long waiting list, so do apply asap so you can get on that list for the future. Try going online to your state's Department of Health & Social Services. There are other programs and various means of assistance for basic needs available as well, which are listed on the link I have included below. Since you have a child it will likely be a bit easier to get assistance from various programs, which is a good thing. Do you get food assistance as this time? If not, I would encourage you to apply for them asap, as we all need food in our bellies in order to survive, and getting into the system will also make you eligible for other forms of assistance automatically, like free cell and landline phone service, basic healthcare needs, etc. There are also programs which assist with getting families into housing, including some funds for the deposit and first month's rent, and again, these programs are typically through state assistance - DSHS or the equivalent in your state. The Salvation Army and Catholic Community Services offer assistance with one time rental needs, utilities, health care needs, clothes and food. I would suggest looking at each of these and applying. Getting help requires patience and persistence, but it's possible. Another resource at your disposal is 211 or 211.org. This is basically United Way and they are a directory of sorts where you input your needs, where you live and your specific circumstances and they compile a list of various resources which apply to you. Again, this and other information, resources, ideas and their respective website links are provided on the link I have included. Lastly, as far as school goes, I don't know what you've tried or look into, but, you can often apply for full financial assistance - particularly when you have no income - and your tuition, fees, books, and related costs will be covered, and also, you will normally end up with some extra money left over which helps with your basic monthly expenses. I hope some of this will be of some help. If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me a message anytime. Best of luck and many blessings, Cat

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CATLUV   in reply to soulight   on

FREE CARS AND FREE CAR REPAIR HELP

 in response to Bill Chesh43...   Wow, that's a terrible situation and I am sorry to hear you were taken for your money in such a way. My husband and I have a friend who had a very similar experience, only difference was she said she was from the UK. He sent a lot of money and it took some time before he realized for himself that this was all a scam. It's very unfortunate, sad and certainly unfair. I hate that those who are so trusting, thoughtful, caring and want to help, are used in such a manner ... I am glad you finally cut ties with her. We all have different experiences in this life, and sometimes we are meant to learn certain lessons through these less than wonder means, ... frustrating without a doubt, but hopefully you can take away something positive from this experience. And of course, putting your story out there and the name and info regarding that person and their scam is helpful for both yourself and hopefully for others ... if it doesn't directly stop her or prevent someone from falling victim to that particular scam artist, at least you will know that your shared story may help others in a similar situation and give them reason to think twice and perhaps not go through with helping and buying into the lies. Scams are running rampant ... all over the internet like wildfire and unless one has experience and knowledge around the various scams, etc., then it's incredibly easy to fall victim, especially if you're a caring and generous individual. I remember when I first began posting ads on Craigslist to sell some furniture and such to make extra money, and had I not had my husband review the replies I would have fallen right into a scammers trap right off the batt. It seemed so legit, and of course, those of us who pretty much mean well and would never scam or lie ourselves, we typically trust others and don't even think twice that others may be up to no good ... and of course, we are the type of people scammers target! I was so disappointed when my husband uncovered this first scammer thru my Craigslist ad, but equally as thankful that he knew what was what and that I didn't lose my money or anything else! Now, after a number of years on the internet and various websites, etc., I am more aware and knowledgeable about scammers and things that are not all on the up and up. But, just like anything else in this life, it takes time and experience, and sometimes we learn the hard way. There are a few general rules when it comes to the internet and protecting ones self from scammers and their scams. The more obvious ones like never ever provide your personal information online, even when you think an email request or something of that nature requesting your info (whether it be your full name, address, phone number, work info, bank info, anything really) seems legit and is coming from what appears to be a genuine source and/or company. When it comes to selling things on the internet make sure you do so thru a place like ebay, as it's set up in a manner to better protect you, your info and your purchase and exchange of money. And if you do so thru Craigslist of a similar site, make sure to only do so locally, with cash (Never with a check, money order, wire transfer, cashier's check or registered check - NEVER!), .. and along those same lines never agree to cash money and return a portion of it to the seller/buyer, as this is always a scam ... even if it sounds legit, ie., a common one is money for shipping or something along those lines. That's just a basic example, and as more people know about these scams, the more the scammers are changing things up. Another obvious red flag when it comes to that sort of thing/sale/purchase is when someone agrees right off the batt to pay your asking price or even more. Other scams, like the one you've shared, and ones which are more common to sites like this one, are requests for money in order to "save/help" someone, get them essential needs/items, etc. Most individuals like this are on a number of sites working every angle they can ... and they prey on those who appear nice and generous ... they play the sympathy card, use children and chronic health problems and domestic violence/abuse as their hook, line and sinker, and it often works. I see it in play on this site a few times a day, and yes, some people are taken for their money and believe again and again that this "needy" person is legit and being honest. Just as i tell most people, in general, most of these folks are probably in need in some manner, as they likely wouldn't be going to such extents to get help and scam if they were doing fine financially. As you likely experienced from your situation, the scammer's stories change and shift, and you can catch them in lies fairly quickly ... but they tend to be good at charming people as well, or guilting them, .. and well, those who do help and fall victim often don't want to believe these folks are scammers, .. that they're anything but the sweet person in need like they thought them to be. Well, I am glad that you're no longer dealing with that woman, and hope your life has begun to recover from all of that turmoil. Another one to chalk up as "live and learn." Best to you & many blessings, Cat
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CATLUV   in reply to soulight   on

FREE CARS AND FREE CAR REPAIR HELP

 in response to Bill Chesh43...   Wow, that's a terrible situation and I am sorry to hear you were taken for your money in such a way. My husband and I have a friend who had a very similar experience, only difference was she said she was from the UK. He sent a lot of money and it took some time before he realized for himself that this was all a scam. It's very unfortunate, sad and certainly unfair. I hate that those who are so trusting, thoughtful, caring and want to help, are used in such a manner ... I am glad you finally cut ties with her. We all have different experiences in this life, and sometimes we are meant to learn certain lessons through these less than wonder means, ... frustrating without a doubt, but hopefully you can take away something positive from this experience. And of course, putting your story out there and the name and info regarding that person and their scam is helpful for both yourself and hopefully for others ... if it doesn't directly stop her or prevent someone from falling victim to that particular scam artist, at least you will know that your shared story may help others in a similar situation and give them reason to think twice and perhaps not go through with helping and buying into the lies. Scams are running rampant ... all over the internet like wildfire and unless one has experience and knowledge around the various scams, etc., then it's incredibly easy to fall victim, especially if you're a caring and generous individual. I remember when I first began posting ads on Craigslist to sell some furniture and such to make extra money, and had I not had my husband review the replies I would have fallen right into a scammers trap right off the batt. It seemed so legit, and of course, those of us who pretty much mean well and would never scam or lie ourselves, we typically trust others and don't even think twice that others may be up to no good ... and of course, we are the type of people scammers target! I was so disappointed when my husband uncovered this first scammer thru my Craigslist ad, but equally as thankful that he knew what was what and that I didn't lose my money or anything else! Now, after a number of years on the internet and various websites, etc., I am more aware and knowledgeable about scammers and things that are not all on the up and up. But, just like anything else in this life, it takes time and experience, and sometimes we learn the hard way. There are a few general rules when it comes to the internet and protecting ones self from scammers and their scams. The more obvious ones like never ever provide your personal information online, even when you think an email request or something of that nature requesting your info (whether it be your full name, address, phone number, work info, bank info, anything really) seems legit and is coming from what appears to be a genuine source and/or company. When it comes to selling things on the internet make sure you do so thru a place like ebay, as it's set up in a manner to better protect you, your info and your purchase and exchange of money. And if you do so thru Craigslist of a similar site, make sure to only do so locally, with cash (Never with a check, money order, wire transfer, cashier's check or registered check - NEVER!), .. and along those same lines never agree to cash money and return a portion of it to the seller/buyer, as this is always a scam ... even if it sounds legit, ie., a common one is money for shipping or something along those lines. That's just a basic example, and as more people know about these scams, the more the scammers are changing things up. Another obvious red flag when it comes to that sort of thing/sale/purchase is when someone agrees right off the batt to pay your asking price or even more. Other scams, like the one you've shared, and ones which are more common to sites like this one, are requests for money in order to "save/help" someone, get them essential needs/items, etc. Most individuals like this are on a number of sites working every angle they can ... and they prey on those who appear nice and generous ... they play the sympathy card, use children and chronic health problems and domestic violence/abuse as their hook, line and sinker, and it often works. I see it in play on this site a few times a day, and yes, some people are taken for their money and believe again and again that this "needy" person is legit and being honest. Just as i tell most people, in general, most of these folks are probably in need in some manner, as they likely wouldn't be going to such extents to get help and scam if they were doing fine financially. As you likely experienced from your situation, the scammer's stories change and shift, and you can catch them in lies fairly quickly ... but they tend to be good at charming people as well, or guilting them, .. and well, those who do help and fall victim often don't want to believe these folks are scammers, .. that they're anything but the sweet person in need like they thought them to be. Well, I am glad that you're no longer dealing with that woman, and hope your life has begun to recover from all of that turmoil. Another one to chalk up as "live and learn." Best to you & many blessings, Cat
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CATLUV   in reply to soulight   on

FREE CARS AND FREE CAR REPAIR HELP

 in response to Bill Chesh43...   I am wondering .. did you never actually meet this woman in person, but rather, only had contact from the start via the internet? I ask because this is a common scam online ... stories vary, but the basic jist is that a person requests airfare for one reason or another, and promises to come visit and "help" or what have you, the person they are communicating with online but they never show up. They often try to request several times, resulting in the other individual sending money for more than one ticket, and the scammer will say everything from their plane was late, cancelled, there was a family emergency, etc. Ultimately they never show up, and after a few times, they cut off contact all together, as they anticipate that the person being scammed is beginning to realize what's going on and can no longer use them any more. If this was the case you're describing, i am sorry this happened to you. Sadly, all too often it seems that those who don't have the money to lose are the ones being duped and scammed in this nature. I encourage anybody online to be extra cautious when it comes to any requests for money or anything to do with money, even while a person may seem sweet as pie and harmless, this is how they set up their scams and work the system - and they're VERY successful the majority of the time.
People want to believe there's good in everybody (I am no different), and like to give others the benefit of the doubt, but to be frank, when it comes to the internet, this is a place you need to be most vigilant and careful with/of yourself, your actions and your money. Many many scams out there folks! And sadly, they're on pretty much every website you can think of and every place they can infiltrate, THIS ONE INCLUDED!
I wish people would stop, but that's somewhat of an empty hope, because as long as the economy is in such desperate straights, as long as people have no hope for themselves, no conscious, are purely selfish, lazy, careless of others' lives, feelings, needs and hard work, as long as jobs are scarce, as long as greed rules this country & the world as a whole, and as long as people care more about themselves and appearing wealthy (or being wealthy), well, scamming will continue. It's sickening and wrong in my opinion, and it's extremely unfortunate that a site like this one - built with the intention of HELPING others and not hurting them - continues to see people who don't truly care to hear of resources and try ideas suggested by others whom are equally as poor and struggling to survive, well, I fear that our state of affairs will only grow worse.
I do apologize for going off on a tangent, as this longer message I have composed was not so much directed at yourself, but the latter part about scamming, is directed at all of those who choose to scam instead of working to make a positive difference. It's equally as sad and disappointing to myself that those who choose to scam others (most of whom are targets are NOT wealthy, probably in the same boat as the scammers financially, just good and giving people who actually want to make a difference in this world and truly HELP not hurt), also choose to attack and abuse those who try to help, and make threats, trying to intimidate and guilt the individual(s) offering help, .. or if they can no longer help financially. This is a disgusting and cowardly action/behavior. And all I can say to that is simple: Karma.
Yes, everyone needs some form of help at some point in their lives or another, ... some more than others, and we all deserve help when we find ourselves struggling, but obtaining that help certainly becomes more challenging when so many people have been scammed and will no longer offer their help for fear of trusting that an individuals requests and needs are HONEST & REAL.
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CATLUV   in reply to omega   on

FINANCIAL HELP WITH HOME MORTGAGE, REPAIRS, EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE, BILL PAYOFFS, FREE MONEY TO FIX UP HOME AND CAR

 in response to urblessed2...   

I understand that you're dealing with a lot, and therefore are in need of many things, but as far as your vehicle, you may want to check out local technical college's and see if they offer programs for mechanical and body repair, as typically they will work on a car free of labor charges. And the labor charges are usually the largest portion of a car repair bill. Then for parts you can seek out wrecking yards. Here's a little more info on this idea: Finding Financial Assistance and Avoiding Scams: Low Cost/Free Car Repair Idea. As far as basic monthly costs and avoiding eviction, paying rent, utilities, etc., there are several resources and their respective web site's listed here: Finding Financial Assistance and Avoiding Scams. Starting with 211.org or calling 211, may be the best place to start looking for help as well, as you can input all of your info regarding needs, and location, and they will come up with various resources in your region available to you. Several charities require an eviction notice before they offer help, so please don't lose hope in your search for assistance. There are additional financial assistance related ideas and resources listed on the pages I have linked above. If you have any questions about these or other ideas, please don't hesitate to message me. Best of luck! Cat

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CATLUV   in reply to RAIL ROADED   on

please help!

Also, I am a bit confused with the fact that the jury requested to see ballistics, etc., during deliberation, therefore, did the prosecution or defense not present results from testing and expert testimony regarding ballistics during the trial??? If so, was it not allowed and struck from the record?
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CATLUV   in reply to lynnlee   on

down on my luck

 in response to RAIL ROADED...   May I ask if the firearm you had on your person was a part of your uniform and job? If you were an armed guard as you claim, I don't understand why you would be charged with any criminal negligence, as this was your job, within your jurisdiction, and what you were hired to do. Not to mention, if these individuals attacked and confronted you first, you are then defended yourself. Something seems very off with this ... Where/what kind of business were you working at/guarding? Were there cameras? Have those tapes been collected by law enforcement, defense and prosecution? What other discovery was presented by the prosecution as a part of this case? Why was the shell casings and ballistics disallowed as evidence?
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PLEASE HELP ME FEED MY DAUGHTER

Hi, do you receive food assistance? If not, I would encourage you to apply asap, and do so under emergency status. Also, do you receive a disability discount through your utility company? If not, contact your utilty company's customer service solutions department. They usually offer a disability/seniors/low income discount of around 25%. While there (or calling), request to apply for any additional financial aid, for example, a one time family grant, as well as applying with LIHEAP. Have you spoken with your utility company about your situation? And requested a payment plan and an extension in order to get your lights back on/staying on? The Salvation Army and Catholic Community Services also offers help with utilities. This link includes info on these resources and others, along with their respective websites for further assistance and applications. I hope one or more of these options may be of some help! Blessings, Cat

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CATLUV   in reply to SysBot   on

What's on your heart and mind today?

 in response to Jannimal11...   Hi, You're most welcome! I actually have an enamel problem myself since i was a child ... I ended up needed porcelain veneers, which break every few years and are extremely expensive. The top row of my teeth are veneered, but the bottom are coated like yours, and desperately need to be redone too ... it's been since 2005 for me. So, I know what you deal with! No, I am not in California, but I am on the West Coast.
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