Life is full of adjustments. Lately that’s all my life seems to be! That’s ok though – what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger right?
Today was another one of those minor adjustments. Nothing that was massive, but it still made me pause for a minute. We went into DSHS for our appointment with a financial advisor to find out about food stamps and all that. She was really nice and asked about a billion questions. I’d been really nervouse going into the interview but i was able to stay calm and handle it well 🙂 We won’t be getting any cash assistance like we were hoping, but we will be getting food stamps. Exact amount to be determined tomorrow. We had to have my new boss fill out a form saying how much I’m getting paid and then tomorrow we go back to turn that in and get the EBT card.
Getting food stamps has been one of my adjustments, but it’s one that I’ve been preparing for mentally so there wasn’t much left to deal with emotionally today. No, the interesting part was when we were answering all her questions and we got to the living situation. Ok, so our current mailing address is my parents house, and our current residence is a place we’re house-sitting. So we don’t have any residence of our own. Where does this leave us? Homeless with temporary shelter.
That kinda hit me in the gut. Not that I’m embarrassed to be homeles, it’s just, weird more than anything. I mean – I used to work in a homeless shelter! I know full well that there are a lot of reasons people end up homeless, and so I don’t attach the stigma to it that I would have when I was younger. No, I think the weirdest part is that I always used to tell my clients I worked with at the shelter that I knew full way I could be in there place easily – and now I basically am.
My time at the shelter has been really useful though. I have a much better idea what resources are out there for Mo and I because of working with the clients (even though I was the day care teacher) and I have a much more realistic view about our situation truly is than I probably would have other wise.
It’s still weird though.