Two years ago, Alvin* and his wife were unhappy with their son's school in their hometown of San Diego. They decided to give Western Washington a try. They landed in Seattle for a short time, where Alvin was able to transfer with his major national retailer, where he was a third shift warehouse coordinator-supervisor.
Our Hungry Neighbors
This is where Harrison's story began with Bread of Life Mission. It's morning. A can of Sprite and a chocolate chip cookie for breakfast because Harrison does not like, “cardboard” cereal.
“Life sucks, I messed up…Badly…Let my family down,” Harrison says quietly.
Uri* has a good job and two young sons that he has custody over most of the time. When he and his wife separated a year ago, things were rough for a long time. Not only was there an emotional side of the separation, but going from two incomes to one was hard. Uri burned through his savings and fell behind on some bills for just a couple of months, but that was enough to start wiping out his paycheck, before it even came, while he has been working to get caught up again.
Retirement is bliss they say. Not so much for Richard. His focus is on the bottom line, whether his family will make it this month between his Social Security and his wife's meager income working at a assisted living facility.
Utilities and fuel are expensive in the city. Richard and Ana have lived in Seattle for 25 years, and prices have steadily risen. After the inflexible bare bones budget, there isn't much left over for groceries.