Hi, I’m Miranda and I could really use some help. Until a few months ago I was living in NYC to go to school and start my career in graphic design. Art has always been something I am passionate about and through my school I made good friendships with other artists and felt really secure about where my life was headed. I had a job and housing and everything was going really well until I was suddenly let go from my job. As a result, my housing situation changed, and I was faced either with the prospect of living on the street, or returning home to my parents in Alabama, who have a history of mental and physical abuse.
Returning home was not as easy decision to come to. While I was at school my father would stalk the addresses where I was living using google maps. I am also forced to hide my sexual identity from my parents, especially my dad, as they are not supportive of LGBTA+ rights, and whenever I speak out against his bigotry it always results in huge fights and sometimes physical violence that leaves me bruised.
I am desperately trying to find a way out of here so that I can get a new job and get my life back. My aim is to get back to the place where I felt safe, with the family of friends that I made. I just want to work, make art and try to spread a little happiness in the world.
My current goals are to find a place to live and be able to make sure that my 2004 Impala can make the drive. If I have to I will live out of my car, but I’d really rather find somewhere safe to room while I get back on my feet.
Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated, thank you