I have recently fled an abusive and toxic common-law relationship and have been staying at my Facebook female friend's 1 bedroom studio apartment, since July 12th (last Wednesday) when I left with the help of her very kind neighbour whom she knows who drove down to my former residence (a house) and picked me and my belongings up.
I have been searching for an available room to rent, but I am finding this to be rather daunting. I'm on income support (it's what they call it here in Alberta) which was approved earlier this past week. So I have the funding in place, including health benefits, and will also have $1000 which I have been approved for that they call the 'flee fund' I can use towards rent.
I also left 3 cats behind with my spouse. The oldest two are his anyway, although I had named our youngest male cat, but I cannot afford to take him. So it's just myself. I have NO family members who I can stay with here in Edmonton, or Alberta for that matter. I am completely starting over, at the age of 56.
Please pray that before or by the time that my friend returns from Jamaica (she also has gotten married a month ago and tends to fly back and forth from there to Canada every so often, but I don't wish to be a burden to her anymore than I have to be; that I will find a place I can call home that I can move to. Because I absolutely do NOT want to be forced to return to my former spouse. I tried to leave him last year (in August) and had gone to a women's shelter an hour's drive outside of Edmonton, and because I simply had no-where else I could go, I had to go back to him. He is verbally, emotionally, and mentally abusive towards me and can easily become angry and volatile, has called me derogatory words/names, and the only reason that I had stayed with him as long as I did in this 10 year relationship is because of the cats, as he has had two heart attacks (the 2nd one happened shortly before I had met him and he was on work disability at the time) and I was afraid that our cats could potentially become suddenly abandoned or orphaned, and end up being put down, as the two oldest females are seniors and likely would not easily be adopted by anyone.
However, the living environment had just become TOO toxic for me, along with other factors for me to continue living there, including our basement next-door neighbour woman who is a drug addict with mental health issues and the past couple of months, has had these outbursts with yelling, and swearing that made me afraid of her to the point that I told our landlord I was avoiding her at all costs.
I'm becoming more and more anxious about my situation, and while I have very recently applied with and talked to someone at this organization called Civida for subsidized/supportive housing, there may be a long wait list to get into one of their buildings.
Thank you sincerely for all of your prayers and support.
UPDATE: As it turns out, after I had posted about my worry that I was in real trouble as someone I know bailed on me for giving me a ride back to the city, a FB female friend of mine responded with, ''I can help, Linda'', and she DM'd me. Long story short, she's going to pick me up (at a Walmart as the shelter won't allow you to disclose their shelter location for safety/privacy reasons) and so I will be leaving here sometime tomorrow. Even my ex the past few days has been surprisingly cordial and polite with me (he sure wasn't in the beginning!) in our email exchanges, and I also received both my income support ''spending money'' funds which I needed and used to buy necessary toiletry/beauty items, etc, and then today I had ''mail'' here at the shelter, which turned out to be from social services. I now have my Health Benefits card, which I now can use to see my optometrist and dentist, and I'm seriously overdue to see both which I will do once I am settled into a new place. I also prayed about this at a Lutheran church today while I was out earlier today that's just a block away. God really IS good. : )
YES, He sure is. There's a Messiah Lutheran church just a block away where I stopped in at on my way back to the shelter, and I went to their ''sanctuary'' to pray about my situation. Things are a lot better now, even between my ex and I, and today I also received my Health Benefits card in the mail here at the shelter, so I finally now can see a dentist and an optometrist (long overdue for seeing both!). : )
I've been staying at a women's shelter since August 10th, and the 31st of August is my LAST day that I can stay here. So I have posted an ad ''Need A Place To Stay Once I Leave The Women's Shelter!'', because I have NO intention of going back to my abuser. I only want to retrieve all of my remaining belongings I had to leave behind as well as some bedroom related furniture, and that's it.
I prayed about this last night of course, as I am feeling rather anxious and stressed about my situation. I also hope that a friend of mine is able and willing to come pick me up, as I am an HOUR outside the city of Edmonton, AB, (the only women's shelter that had an available room for me as the others I had tried to call were all filled up) or else I would have to fund the taxi ride back home myself, and I don't yet have the funds available for me to do this, but it would also be costly and take a lot of my money to pay for it. (social services covered it coming here, but they don't for your return home)
PLEASE pray that everything will come together for me and that God will provide a new place for me temporarily, until my friend is able to find a place for us to move into together soon! AND that I can safely and easily be able to move out everything of mine out of the place I had been living in, and take it all to the new place with no problems.
My Twitter friend/follower Elizabeth is blind and disabled, has sadly also been dealing with cancer, and is actually a friend/follower (and vice versa) who is moving to Saskatchewan as she has been accepted into affordable housing there for herself and her guide dog. She otherwise has been living alone and on her own. 🙁
She has NO family either to help her as her parents are both deceased.
I thought I would share this in the hopes that some of you would be willing and able to help her with the associated costs of her upcoming move.
As her friend Janet has stated on her page, ''This money will be used for the very high travel costs, securing the apartment, utility hookups at the new place and the cost of disposing of Elizabeth's current possessions. It turns out we didn't have enough money to ship Elizabeth's possessions.'
PLEASE pray that Elizabeth will raise the funds she needs to be able to move out of province to Saskatchewan, as soon as possible, as she is truly deserving of this, and on top of being blind and having cancer, has to also deal sometimes with some incredibly thoughtless, ignorant, and rude people even just going for a walk with her guide dog where a young kid had the audacity to smack her on the back of her head and swore at her to get out of the way. :(
Thank you on behalf of my friend for your prayers and for your kind generosity.
This is the link here to her Go Fund Me page:
I see that A.A is in Edmonton, but NOT in the suburb outside of Edmonton, and she lives in St. Albert, which is north Edmonton, so I don't know if she even comes into the city at all. Also, the Edmonton AA office says on their website: Effective immediately and until further notice, Central Office will be closed to walk-in traffic. This measure is being taken in response to the COVID-19 health crisis and to support the continuing good health of staff and volunteers. Central Office internal activities will continue, but visits to Central Office will be by appointment only.' She really has a drug problem I think more than she does drinking, although I can't say that with absolute certainty- it could be she has both problems, but I don't know.
I would like to request prayers for a Facebook friend who I just learned last night from a mutual friend of ours that confided in me that she has a drug (and likely alcohol as she also said that she had a pattern of drinking a LOT) problem. She is a crack head, and as her friend, naturally I care about her. Her boyfriend too uses drugs, and is only enabling her drug habit. I've lost a dear cousin of mine who developed cancerous tumors in her liver and throughout her body from using heroin and alcohol six years ago, so I'm rather distressed that my friend is going down the wrong path and has even borrowed or taken a lot of money from our mutual friend and used that for buying drugs for herself and her boyfriend. :( Please pray that she somehow is able to get her life back on track and she seeks help through counseling and drug rehab. I worry that she will overdose and die if she keeps up with her reckless and dangerous lifestyle!! And I hope and pray too that she will finally get back in contact with her friends on Facebook who she has lost connections with for a very long time now.
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