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I've been in deep poverty before and I am struggling now due to the pandemic, so I know it sucks. I have gotten help on DU before quite a few years ago.

I can't help with donations because of my own situation....but I am VERY familiar with your area and the resources out there.

I'll defend you on the dental thing. I know where you're located. It's very hard to find dentists that take Medicaid in this county and most that do are pretty terrible. It's a passion of mine to try to get better Medicaid coverage for adult dental care in this state. That said, I'd recommend getting your basic cleaning covered by a Medicaid dentist rather than paying out of pocket. I know there are limitations on coverage for root canals and cavities and dentures, but even the basics at the shithole sites for free is better than no dental care at all or spending hundreds out of pocket.

If you are unemployed and mom is unemployed then you both should be covered under SNAP. MontCo services will help guide you with employment as well. Being on state aid, you can go through pacareerlink.net

I'm confused on the transportation. You both have Medicaid. Transnet is available. That's through the Suburban Transit Network. You'll fill an application through them (with Find My Ride) and they will determine your needs through there. Here is their primary link:

You'll see that they have a few different transportation categories - Medical assistance, Senior ride share, etc.

There is also the MontCo Transportation hotline. 1-866-507-4857
Their website is https://ptma-mc.org/services/#montco-transportation-helpline

There is Family Services of MontCo. They help families in need and they have a section for senior services. They are for Mont Co and their main office isn't too far - right down Ridge in Eagleville. They can provide guidance on utility assistance, food assistance, transportation, etc. They have a section and a contact email address right in their senior services section about Meals on Wheels. Their website is:
And their direct senior page with the info on MoW is:

Daily Bread is a nearby food pantry. They are right there on Ridge. They are also good with helping people pinpoint resources:

Outside of Medicaid, try these for dental care. They may help point you in the right direction:

Abington Jefferson Health Dental Care Access Program Contact Information:
51 Medical Campus Drive
Lansdale, PA - 19446
(215) 855-8296

The last one is in Lansdale, but they may be able to direct you. I was in their ER for for an abcess that needed antibiotics asap because I could not get care with the Medicaid dentists. They are the ones that gave me the above info.

PECO has several programs that are not LIHEAP. I know...I use them. We are in their CAP program. They also have other programs available. Call the main number and they will direct you on what to do and how to apply. It's on their website, too.

St. Vincent de Paul is another great organization that can help. They offer some assistance with things like rent, utilities, etc. Their volunteers are pretty handy and can help direct you to other reaources. Now, there is ZERO requirement to have any religious affiliation. It's not like a lot of evangelical orgs that want you to come to church, take a bible, or anything like that. You don't have to be Catholic, Christian, or anything to receive help. They'll help atheists. I have received assistance for rent many years ago. They also helped with a car repair at the height of the pandemic. You can call any Catholic church for SVdP, but I checked and it looks like Sacred Heart there on Walnut St has a direct line for the organization:

Get the low cost help from Comcast.

We all need phones in this day and age. You already have Comcast and a phone. If you don't have their mobile plans, switch. It's about $20 for a 1GB plan. I have both of my kids on 1 GB plans. The cost for those two lines in $32/mo. Comcast uses Verizon's system, so the coverage is very good. Since you have Comcast at home, you can use the in home WiFi as well as Xfinity free wifi outside the home. That is what we do and then the 1GB of data is for emergencies.

MontCo senior services:


I am sure you know Giant and Aldi allow you to order with SNAP online.

Walmart also allows you to order with SNAP online. If your friend can do a weekly pick up for you then it's free. They deliver, too, but it's not free. Pick up is completely free and you can use SNAP online.

Amazon Prime has a SNAP discount. Hook up your EBT card through them. You'll get a monthly Prime discount and you can order certain pantry items covered by SNAP.

I know employment is difficult. If you need to get out and get your body moving or find social connection and STAY COOL in this heat.....the Spring Valley YMCA is excellent. You'd qualify for a free membership just based on income.....but some of the Medicaid plans have a free membership. You and mom would qualify for a free family memebership. They often have cool programs there in addition to the usual fitness classes, gym, pool. Plus.....I know this is difficult.....they are a very good option for employment. Pay isn't the best and they cap hours, but it is a more gentle way to ease into employment. They tend to be very flexible with hours.



I hope this helps. Excuse any typos. My phone is a piece of shit and the autocorrect is fucked up beyond recognition. It took me an hour to type this. Good luck to you and your mom.

Thank you for the hearts

Thank you to the kind folks who have me hearts. They brightened my day. This is my favorite week here on DU. 😍

Fuck this shit

It's people like this that will fuck us in the 2022 election. Just because you didn't get every single little thing checked off your list doesn't mean you throw away the whole damn party. I'm sick of that noise.

Listen, I am poor as all fuck. Super poverty. We have been super poor for a long time. 2020 was going to be my year to really rise up...get away from my abusive husband, get a new apartment with just me and my kids, finally have a little financial success and start to rise up. But....my mom died. Then the pandemic. We both lost our jobs. Our kids school went full virtual. I have some heart shit so we worked on protecting me. And it's been a shitshow ever since. My dad died a few months ago and things have gone downhill. I get it. Everything fucking sucks right now. It's difficult to get help. It's difficult to get work, especially when we were taking care of my dad and now has estate. And my kids are virtual again. I am so Fucking angry that everything is mismanaged. I am so angry that it seems like we're going to keep drowning. I'm so angry that everything is a mess. Is it the Dems fault? Are you fucking kidding me? Dems would LOVE to help people get all of their basic needs net - raise SNAP,universal healthcare for all, universal basic wage, easier access to housing....all the shit the GOP cries about. But....we didn't have control. The GOP has blocked us from doing the right thing every.step.of.the.way. When Dems make progress, we get blocked by lawsuits seen before Trump-appointed judges and appeals to the Supreme Court stacked by the GOP. Fuck, I live in a "blue" (lol) state with a Dem governor. Our GOP legislature strangled his ability to protect our citizens. They stripped him of his ability to declare states of emergency and issue mandates. And these same fuckers turn around and complain that he is not doing anything.

I have kids in school and I have watched in horror as "moms for liberty" assholes screamed at your school board and teachers, send death threats, and harassed little kids. All because of virtual school and masks. Now our school board is afraid to make big moves because they kinda don't want their families threatened again. When our dems take a stand they get threats of violence and death and lawsuits. People show up to their offices and houses with guns. Everything we try to enact gets called, "waah waah socialism." How can you work with that?

Has the author paid attention to ANYTHING in the last 2 years? I'm not 100% happy with all dems all the time, too, but the writing is on the damn wall.
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