Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Being Unemployed

According to the Detroit News, unemployment is near 50% in Detroit. Ugh! I shall now roll up into a fetal position for the night. Perhaps I will be good to go again tomorrow.

10 comments:

septembermom said...

That is an inhumane statistic. This just should not be.

Hope all is well with you dear friend.

Brosreview said...

I hope all is well. Yes, this is scary!

Strawberry Girl said...

Wow Judith, you feel the same way that I do...

miss alaineus said...

some of my families at my school are part of that statistic. this is a difficult time for those of us living/ working in the city. three families in my class received baskets at thanksgiving with the items that the class donated. we have kids who are stealing and or hoarding food in their bookbags out of fear of not having enough at home. i cant punish them, i have been referring them to the office where phone calls have been made and hopefully people can get some assistance.

xxalainaxx

Judith Ellis said...

Yes, Kelly, my dear sister, personally, outside of the pain for families and children which is very difficult to disassociate, I am doing well. Last night wasn't a good one, considering this "inhumane statistic" and the debacle which is largely Washington.

Judith Ellis said...

Ajey - All is well. Just thinking of parents and children in Detroit is painful. I do what I can daily with regards to contractors I hire and food that I buy for families in areas that need it most.

Judith Ellis said...

SG - You are a sensitive soul, my friend.

Judith Ellis said...

Oh, Alaina, what a painful situation to be in. Thank you so very much for the work you do. As you know, I so appreciate you. When I was a substitute teacher I had a keen eye for these kids. I notified the principle and I even did house visits. This was in Royal Oak Township where the need is also very great. In fact, I chose this school because most substitute teachers did not want to teach in this area. Alaina, thank you so very much for the work you do. I know how what an involved teacher you are. Hats off to you! May God bless you richly.

dave wheeler said...

Judith,

50 percent? Five Zero? Fiddy percent? Wow. This will impact those folks and their children for years to come. Is there an organization that you trust or could recomend for funds and donations IF one were to try to organize one? The need is great everywhere but 50 percent?

Judith Ellis said...

Yes, Dave, nearly 50% of Detroiters are unemployed. The Detroit News link is in the post. This statistic kept me up most of the night. I think it was around 5:30 before I finally went to sleep. I was up at 7:30, still not feeling the best. Talked with my brother and my best friend both gave me some good words and advice. My oldest brother who lives in Houston now suggested two organizations that he gives to yearly who helped us when we were kids: The Salvation Army and Good Fellows. My friend reminded me that I hire many excellent contractors from Detroit for our business. The work is second to none. We pay them well and do little extra things as well to help out. We pay for gas and lunch, regularly. He also reminded me of what I do for young people daily. This helped. But even with this, I couldn't sleep thinking of the awful impact on families and kids. Do they have heat? Do they have food? How about winter coats and boots? I knew that unemployment was higher than the national average in Detroit, but 50% was a bit too much. I cried most of the night. I'm much better now, though. I have a plan.

Your "fiddy percent" brought on a smile. Thanks for that. :-)