INTRODUCING ... ME AND MY GOAL!
Hi. I’m Gloria. I live in the Northeast region of the USA. My goal is to repair my car, which has not been working since the end of September 2023. I am older, on Social Security, and can't afford to fix it. I've been training for an online income, but haven't begun earning anything yet.
MY STORY, MY BROKEN-DOWN CAR, AND THE BUS
I own this 16-year-old 2007 Ford Focus wagon. I'm not a huge fan of Fords, but I'm a huge fan of this particular Ford, and it is the perfect size for me. The CarFax trade-in value is about $1,810 (as of 12-10-23) ($1,880 as of 1/14th/2024). There are no car payments due. All expenses for the last few years have been for gas, maintenance, repairs, and cosmetics. In the past two years I haven't been able to have important work done on the car, and now it's dead. My mechanic had to vacate his garage in mid-summer 2023 and he was having trouble finding a new place for his business, so I didn't know where he went. However, in early December I finally found him in a nearby town and was able to contact him. I am to have my car towed to him in a few days (mid-December) for a diagnosis. I love this mechanic. He’s the best!
What happened: The car battery died twice in September from being drained. The alternator, serpentine belt, and battery are new (I installed the battery myself), but the car still won't start. It probably needs something related to the starter system.
The power steering pump failed in 2022 and needs to be replaced as well. The last tuneup and front brake job were done in 2019, four years ago, and the last oil change was done almost seven months ago. I used to do my own oil changes (I took an auto mechanics course and learned enough to avoid getting totally ripped off), but I’m too old now to get under the car to do that (and the car I currently have is too close to the ground).
I’ve been riding the bus sometimes, but the local bus system where I live is truly inadequate. The buses themselves are nice and modern, but the routes go north and south like the hands of a clock from a central Transportation hub on the southern edge of the city, like the spokes on the top half of a bicycle wheel, but not east-west except along the southern edge of town, going to the adjacent towns to the east and west. I live in the northern area, so a 7-minute car trip directly west to some stores I frequent becomes a 45' bus trip one way. I have to take a 15' bus trip south to the hub, wait for my connection, and then take a 15'-20' bus trip back north to my destination. That looks like a very deep and narrow letter "V." The bus schedule for Saturdays and Sundays is very limited and ends early. I have a sleep disorder, so this is a problem. I’m not a morning lark. I’m definitely an incorrigible owl.
I've been having to buy groceries locally at convenience store prices from a little market and a pharmacy in my block. I'm running out of food money, and I don't have my car to drive to food pantries or the soup kitchen, where my choices are limited due to my food allergies. Those allergies mean I can't eat the food delivered by Meals On Wheels.
Going to and from a medical appointment has turned into a major excursion. It would be just as time-consuming with a senior van service. I need a couple of minor surgeries, and I’m looking forward to having a functional car to get there and back.
Here’s an example of why I really need my car. I ran into a major transportation problem today (12-10-23). I went outside at about 4:20 pm and saw the bus for my street going south. I remembered a few things I needed to do about two miles down the road, so I got on the bus at 4:30 pm. I arrived at about 4:40 pm and took care of my business there. At 5:24 pm I was at the northbound bus stop, waiting for the bus home. Since I had left without my bus schedule, I didn't know exactly what time the bus might be coming. While I waited, I paced back and forth to increase the step count on my fitness tracker. I must’ve added close to 4,000 steps in that hour. At 6:25 pm I gave up on the bus and started walking the two miles home in the dark (it gets dark here at 4:00-4:30 pm at this time of year). It was raining lightly, and there were rain puddles on the sidewalk and at the intersections. I couldn’t afford to call a taxi (which would’ve been hard to get anyway on a Sunday evening), so I had no choice but to walk. I got home at 8:30 pm. It took me 2 hrs 5’ to complete the 44’ 2-mile walk, with 1 hr 21’ in rest stops along the way, including a trip to the bathroom at a grocery store en route and some price-shopping while there. The best part about my errands was that I was able to get one of my prescriptions transferred to where I was at 5 pm so I could buy it there and eliminate a long bus trip to my usual pharmacy location (which is only 5’ from my home by car). However, the forced march home took valuable time away from a deadline that I was working on. My fitness tracker showed 14,104 steps for the day, which included a 2,500-step midnight walk at the start of the day. The bulk of the additional steps were logged in the 4 hours from 4:30 to 8:30 pm (10,177 steps from 4-9 pm). I can’t do this at my age when it’s winter weather, or even hot summer weather.
Fortunately, and by God's gracious providence, I am not yet a debilitated elderly person. I've lost 12 pounds of my 20-pound pandemic lockdown weight gain. The only medicines I need and use are thyroid pills and HRT. I'm on a health-restoring journey to my previous lifestyle of healthy diet and exercise. I'm not ready to give up and become old faster than my genes dictate. With your help, I can remain productive, and with my car running, I can better investigate the possibility of getting a newer used car.
HOW I PLAN TO USE THE FUNDS RAISED:
Diagnosis and repair of starter system: TBD mid-Dec. 2023 ± $214-$ 745.00
Replacement of power steering pump: 1/23/23 Est. $ 646.61
Tuneup (last done 9/18/19): Est. $ 235.00
Front brake pads (last done 2/28/19): Est. $ 240.00
Oil change (last done 5/22/23, overdue): Est. $ 55.00
Estimated TOTAL $1,921.61
These are the most pressing needs for now.
YOUR IMPACT ON ME AND ON THE LIVES I TOUCH
Having my car would help to prolong my life so that I can earn money online and also market my creative products (mostly created in my life as a church musician and piano teacher). God has blessed me richly and has saved my life providentially on several occasions. I feel that He has more work for me to do: a mission that I have yet to definitively articulate in terms of my music and my earning power.
MY HEARTFELT INVITATION TO YOU, AND MY PRAYER
So come along with me on my transportation adventure.
I invite you to be my Prayer Partner and, if you are able, to make a donation to this campaign.
Here is my personal Find-It Technique® prayer:
"Dear God, I thank You for taking me directly to $2,000 and to all the things I must do to get my car working within 10 days."
When my goal is met, I will joyfully thank God again for hearing my prayer, as Jesus taught.
UPDATES, MY CALL TO MY VILLAGE OF SUPPORTERS
I'll update my needs and my progress as things change, so keep an eye out for the evidence of God's blessings on the entire effort. I've done everything I can think of to do on my own. Now I need a tribe to form a village around me and hold me up, one dollar at a time.
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