I am a 52-year-old mother of two living in Haverford where I have resided for the past 25 years. Although I had always been financially secure, running a successful jewelry business for many years, I began experiencing financial problems due to the economic downturn. Since my sales were decreasing substantially, I secured a full-time job at a high-end jewelry store, but was laid off due to continuing changes in the economy. In order to lessen my expenses, I moved into a smaller apartment, decreased my monthly household expenses, and sold a number of personal items, but I was still in an extremely vulnerable financial situation.
JFCS Steps In: Approximately ten years ago when I was going through a divorce, I received counseling services from JFCS. Now, in the face of a financial crisis, I once again turned to JFCS for guidance. JFCS accessed Critical Needs Funding in order to help me pay some of my rent expenses and helped me to apply for public entitlements. Without their assistance, I would have faced the very really threat of eviction. Today, I am pursuing my lifelong dream of becoming a chiropractor and am currently enrolled in classes to meet the prerequisites needed to begin the program.