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    after the November election, I became a "taker" in the eyes of the right.  After a grueling several-month process, we qualified for and received assistance through the North Carolina Foreclosure Prevention Project.

    Without it, we would have lost our house.  I've been a responsible homeowner for sixteen years and have worked steadily since becoming an RN in 2004.  After serving in the Marines, SteelerDude got a computer science degree and became an IT project manager for a large software company.  That started going to hell after 9/11, leading to mostly contract gigs until the bottom fell out in 2008.  

    He's a born entrepreneur and had been running a home-based business for over a year when our house caught on fire in 2010.  His credit card processor and other electronics were destroyed, which effectively put him out of business.  A lengthy renovation and insurance battle ensued.  We are back home now, and we don't want to lose what we worked so hard to rebuild.

    We look at this assistance as an opportunity.  It represents a little breathing room for SD to re-establish income streams, and for me to replenish our emergency savings.  I feel very, very fortunate.  It has been humbling to have to ask for help, and we intend to be good stewards.

     I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by SteelerGrrl on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:28:33 AM PST

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