For many people the extension of unemployment benefits is a ray of hope, but with the payments still two to three months away, some worry they won’t make it.
We spoke to one man who is praying the help comes sooner than later. “I’m willing to do anything at this point, just to be able to take care of my family. I’m not too proud to do that,” said Terry Jorden.
Terry Jorden lost his job as a plumber in 2007. “The last house that we were working on the contractor just came up to me and told me to stop working where I was at. Just stop.”
Two weeks later, the same thing happened to his wife.
For the next seven months, Terry, his wife, and two kids lived off their savings and collected unemployment; eventually they lost their home.
The family moved to the Wilmington area so his wife could take a ten dollan an hour job with the city. “She went from making $52,000 a year to $22,000.”
Since then Jorden’s unemployment benefits have expired. “I don’t want to draw it now, but right now that’s the only thing I have to feed my family.”
He’s still unemployed, but not for a lack of trying. Jorden says he’s gone on hundreds of job interviews, everywhere from McDonald’s, to Wal-Mart.
The family sold all their valuables. “My wife has even had to pawn her wedding rings.”
But they still can’t make ends meet. “Me and my wife has gone as much as eating toast for three days… it’s hard to look at your children and tell them that there’s just not enough to eat.”
Now Jorden is worried his family could be homeless before the holidays. “We’re already behind two months on rent. It will be three months at the first of the month… their Christmas will maybe be a McDonald’s burger, if we can afford that.”
Jorden says the only reason his family has power is because his landlord pays the bill.
He says he’s adjusted his resume so prospective employers don’t think he’s overqualified for some of the jobs he’s applying for.
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