Wednesday, January 31, 2024

2024…BRINGING MEMORIES OF MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE TO COMFORT MY ENDLESS MISERY.

FEBRUARY 2024 POST

IF GOD HASN'T TAKEN MY LIFE YET, I DON'T WANT THE WICKEDNESS OF THE PEOPLE AROUND ME TO HASTEN MY DEATH, I'D RATHER DO IT MYSELF



I have no words to describe so much misery that I have experienced this month of February. The people who run the SAMARITAN VILLAGE shelter where I spend my nights destroyed the possibility of renting an apartment after many efforts to contact brokers. They have questioned the legitimacy of my documents due to a $28.20 income increase I had for the year 2024. Since I've been at the shelter, the Social Worker never checks my documents, and they did so when the broker realized they needed to be updated. My mental and physical health is deteriorating more and more every day, and no one cares. My room has 10 occupants, and we must leave from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is difficult to sleep because of people's different lifestyles and habits. At 11 p.m. a supervisor comes to sign for the bed. No matter the bad weather or being sick, we can't stay in the rooms. On February 17, 2024, I felt sick with the discomfort of the flu, with a lot of coughing. The social worker asked me if I wanted her to call an ambulance.

The director always refuses to listen to me, saying that I should talk to her employees first before I talk to her. This situation is frustrating for me because her employers send me to the social worker, and she forgets things or doesn't know or doesn't have time for me. In December 2023, to get a pass to spend Christmas outside the shelter, the social worker would tell me to remember her later and I did so repeatedly for more than two weeks. Other times she would send me to the director and the director would send me back to the social worker. On December 24, another resident informed me that they were giving out Christmas passes.

The shelter is a new building run by inexperienced people with residents over the age of 55. It's like a prison, although it has open doors and an 11 pm curfew. We must record the time of entry and exit and go through security and detector machines. Despite so many rules and warnings, there are fights and the police come frequently. I'm asking for a transfer to another place, but my request has been ignored. Only people who misbehave are sent to another shelter, I'm about to be like one of them.

 JANUARY 2024 POST

 PLEASE SEE VIDEO PROFESSIONAL LIFE: https://youtu.be/iIGKebThVj8

 The year 2024 makes me revive the 44 years since I began my professional life in the United States. This video is a journey of experiences that drown in the misery that Banco de América forced me to live with an unfair dismissal. From 1987 to 2008 I was a dedicated employee and proud to bring the Halloween’s spirit to the bank. My married life was part of my commitment to the bank, my children grew up participating in the events of United Jersey Bank, Fleet Bank, Summit Bank that later merged with BANK OF AMERICA. During the time of my lawsuit against Bank of America for medical discrimination, I tried to rebuild my professional life by working for TD Bank.  Bank of America’s lawyers forced me to tell them where I worked, assuring the judge that they would not involve my new job. In a deceitful and dishonest act, they did it and I had to resign from TD bank.

 I've given so much of myself and lost almost everything, including my married name GUTIERREZ. THANK YOU FOR WALKING INTO MY MEMORIES.

 

I STARTED THIS 2024 WITH AN UNJUST BAN AT THE PLACE THAT PROVIDES ME WITH A ROOF OVER MY HEAD, THIS HAS PUT ME IN A DESPERATE EMOTIONAL STATE... THE GREED AND STINGINESS OF EXTRASPACE’ S STORAGE FORCED ME TO LOOK FOR ANOTHER PLACE.

MY LIFE IN A SHELTER BECOMES AS MISERABLE AS MYLIFE ON THE STREET.

 On January 18, 2024, a supervisor opened my locker in my absence and took 6 bottles of Ensure without telling me the reason for removing it. This nutrient shake is vital to my diet. Because a 6-pack of ensure Plus with fiber is very expensive and the vanilla flavor is hard to find, I usually buy them by the box of 24 bottles, sometimes paying $70.00. The low temperatures of the week of January 15 did not allow me to look for a box and I had to buy the six-pack.

 




The next day I spoke with the director of SAMARITAN VILLAGE about the removal of my ensure, having her permission to store it since October 26, 2023, when I arrived at the shelter. The director informed me that had changed its mind because other residents were violating the rule of not eating in the rooms. I was asked to bring a letter from the doctor showing that I needed the ensure. As this product is available for free sale in pharmacies, supermarkets, bodegas etc. I don't think it's necessary to go to a doctor to have the bottles with me. Every day I carry a bottle to drink on the street where I spend most of my time. I don't consume it inside the shelter. My tearful plea to have the ensure was denied.

 This ban has been very traumatic for me because the ensure has been essential to me since 2012 when I moved to New York living in rooms where I was not allowed to cook. Not being able to keep the Ensure has a tremendous impact on my daily life, and I'm struggling not to fall into depression when crying overwhelms me. The only place I can store it is in my storage. It takes 3 buses to get there, and it's difficult for me to go every day due to my medical condition.

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The excessive increase of the rent by my storage at Extra Space/ Life storage in New York forces me to move out. In July 2022 I started paying $188.00 for a 5x10 unit. In March 2023 the rent was increased to 214.00. In January 2024 to $ 226.00.  I received a note informing me that after February 2024 the rent will be increased to $306.00. I asked the manager why the online prices are too low, and they told me it's to attract customers and then they raise the prices, and they could pay more than they raised me.

 








ExtraSpace units are not worth the rental prices. The storage at 2036 Webster Ave, Bronx is unsafe. The unit has an easy-to-cut mesh roof and people can jump to the next unit to steal. Last year 5 units were stolen this way. There is no heating, during low temperatures the cold inside is equal to the cold outside. Above my unit is an air conditioner that is used as a fan and blows very cold air on me. The only outlet where customers can charge their phone is locked with a key, as are the carts.

 

 

 


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