LIMA — Tammy and her husband, Tristan, never have had to rely on others to make ends meet. Tristan’s always had a good-paying job, worked hard and provided for the couple and their two young children. Six months ago, that all changed.
Tammy said Tristan lost his job after taking time off to check on her grandmother following the June windstorm. Tammy’s grandmother is on oxygen, and Tammy said Tristan had sought permission from his boss to leave.
“When he lost that job, everything just went down,” Tammy said. “We had to move to a different house because it was cheaper.”
Tammy’s been working, but she hasn’t been getting a lot of hours. Tristan’s been working through a temp agency, but the hours and jobs have been few and far between, Tammy said.
“We try to stay ahead on our bills the best we can but it’s hard,” she said. “We’re both 20, so people don’t really want to hire.”
Things have been a little simpler because the couple’s children, 1-year-old and 2-year-old girls, are too young to know how much the family is struggling.
“This month has been the hardest, but I know it would be harder if they understood what we are going through,” Tammy said. “There’s not too many people we can ask for help because they’re in the same situation we are. It seems as soon as we get ahead, we take more steps back.”
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