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Hi, I'm Tasha and I need a little help to keep my car, which literally IS how I earn my income. Let me share my story. 3 years ago today (11/30/2014) I started my first "real" job as an entry level software tester with a major insurance ... More ...

Hi, I'm Tasha and I need a little help to keep my car, which literally IS how I earn my income. Let me share my story.

3 years ago (11/30/2014) I started my first "real" job as an entry level software tester with a major insurance company making around $50,000/year. I worked hard and became the departmental expert on mobile applications by the time my first anniversary rolled around. As the second year of my career began, my life was rapidly becoming the dream I had worked so long and hard for. In celebration of this achievement, my father co-signed the loan for a 2012 Ford Focus SE. It was the last thing he did for me before he died, unexpectedly, of a cancerous brain tumor on February 9, 2012 (about 2 months after signing for the car loan). Although I was grieving, I was still excelling in my job, getting debts paid off, and excited about my life beyond poverty. My alma mater even published an article about my success in the Spring 2013 issue of Limestone Today (online: http://my.limestone.edu/news-alumni/1598-limestone-alumna-tasha-howle-09-a-fierce-competitor).

June 28, 2013 was my last day employed in software development because "corporate restructuring eliminated the 'Tester' position." The severance package and unemployment benefits lasted around 6 months, including moving into a cheaper apartment. Despite having had numerous interviews and continually applying to new postings, I ran out of money last January and had to return to the pizza delivery job I held prior to becoming a software tester. Unfortunately, it's been a constant struggle to earn enough just to keep everything on the verge of disconnect.

I am now supplementing the pizza delivery income by working as an Uber Driver Partner, an independent contractor paid a percentage of the fares driven each week. There is no doubt that I can become relatively stable within 3-6 months by working Uber as much as physically possible around my pizza delivery work schedule.

......except that Ford needs $583.02 paid by 12/8 to avoid repossession (next payment of $287.48 due 12/11) AND property tax bill of $243.67 (after High Mileage discount applied) is due by 12/31 to keep the plate and registration valid.

I have been denied on payday loans and my few possessions of value are simply not worth enough to bridge this gap. I'll keep doing the best I can and being thankful for my blessings.

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