The Real Story of Michelle #40for40

Michelle has been a graphic designer for 25 years. When she and her husband separated, she thought she could work from home. But with a 2-year-old, that was challenging. She found a job, but the work disappeared when the pandemic hit. “Nobody was hiring marketing people during COVID,” Michelle says. 

Unemployment benefits kept her afloat until June. Then in August, she found out she was pregnant—a miracle since she had gone through three rounds of IVF to have her first daughter. At age 46 her pregnancy is considered high risk, and she has restrictions on how much she can lift.


She has applied for hundreds of jobs, with no success. Michelle received rental assistance from NAM, for which she is grateful. But as with so many in our community, there is no clear resolution to her story yet. She is still figuring it out one day at a time. “All I want to do is work and take care of my daughter,” she says. “It’s tough, it’s really tough.”

NAM needs your help to continue housing real people like Michelle. To honor NAM's 40th anniversary, our #40for40 campaign is hoping to raise at least $40 from supporters like you.

Many have nowhere to turn but to NAM and we cannot continue without your help. Please bless NAM and our neighbors in need, with your $40 contribution now. If not NAM then who?

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