COLUMBIA, SC — When Joshili Faustin first moved to Columbia from Atlanta 2½ years ago, everything seemed to be going well.
Faustin, a single mother of three, had moved to the Midlands for new opportunities. She had landed a good job as a dental assistant at a local practice and everything seemed to be on track.
But after the economy began to decline, Faustin noticed things were beginning to tighten. Then the worst happened. Faustin, who was already struggling to make ends meet, was laid off from her position in August.
While Faustin was trying to work out her unemployment benefits, she began to fall behind on her bills.
The more time went by, the more the bills stacked up. Unemployment only covers so much, she said.
“This has been a rough year.” Finally, Faustin decided to seek help through the Salvation Army.
With the help of the Woodyard Fund, Faustin was able to pay her power bill.
“The counselor was so nice and I was very thankful,” she said. “I thank God there are programs like that for people who really need it.”
Now, Faustin says, things are starting to turn around. After months of searching for jobs, Faustin heard back from another dental practice in town and is expecting to be working again in 2013. She’s also considering going back to school to increase her earning potential.
Faustin says she wants others to be inspired from her story and to know that even in tough times, people should not give up.
“Just keep going,” she said. “God will be there, and God will help you. Sometimes things get rough, but it will turn around.”
How to give help: Donations can be mailed to the Woodyard Fund, c/o The State, P.O. Box 1333, Columbia SC 29202. Make checks payable to the Woodyard Fund. All donations are tax-deductible.
How to get help: Area residents who need assistance with heating bills can call for an appointment at (803) 462-5093.
For the week ending Dec. 21
Shirley W. Vaughan, $20
Jean Rinehardt Bridges, in memory of Margaret E. Rinehardt, $100
Women’s Cooperative Union, $100
Ruth R. Mobley, $50
In memory of my mom, Margie Brown, $50
In memory of Arthur M. Suggs, $50
William G. Loging, $50
R. William Jordan, $100
In memory of B. Marion Smith Jr. by his family, $100
Vance and Linda Bettis, $100
Sam B. Cartledge III, $50
Tyler Baldwin, $500
In honor of R.C. and Betty Thompson, $25
Thelma D. Dugosh, $50
Rodney E. Harmon, $25
Lee D. Mercer, $50
Wanda W. Teague, $50
George D. Fulmer, $50
In memory of Command Chief Master Sgt. Doug Lovette, $100
Pamela G. Spurrier, $50
V. Todaro, $100
J. Edwin Davis, $200
Benjamin D. Harwell, $500
Henry Jefferson Parham, $125
Roy E. Wuthier, $1,000
Patricia M. Robinson, $100
William E. Mothershed, $200
Thelma M. Tillis, $25
Eleanor and Bill Pope, $100
Dr. William G. Taylor, $425
In loving memory of our parents, Bob and Ruta Bly, $1,000
C. Richard Lindler, $50
John E. Peters, $250
In memory of Daisy Wessinger, $25
Garland P. McWhirter, $1,000
Charlie and Neet Cousins, in memory of (nine) dear friends, $50
Joann G. Major, $50
Barbara Little, $100
In memory of Barbara and Frank Walker, $150
In loving memory of daughter, Heather Alayne Nunn, $25
Nancy and David Martin, in loving memory of our parents, $100
In memory of Audrey Schumpert, $50
Nina and Francis Mack, $250
Barbara S. Dehamer, $50
In memory of Mary F. Ingram, $150
Preferred Reinsurance Intermediaries Inc., $100
The Wesley Fellowship Sunday School Class at Platt Springs UMC, $100
Elizabeth K. Timmerman, $100
In memory of Kelvin Shuler by Grover and Patsy Shuler, $100
In memory of William, Nancy, Neil and Billy Dorn, $300
J.C. Moorefield, $50
Tommy Willcox in memory of Becky Willcox, $300
Dr. Peter W. Becker, $100
Drs. C.E. and Sue Hardin, $100
Darryl K. Williams, $500
Ruth A. Valdario, $15
C.A. Able, $100
Harold and Betty Park, $100
The Ettenger family, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. D. Murray Price, $100
In memory of Bill Strickland, $50
Thelma M. Rawls, $50
Gary K. Evans, $200
Grace and Sam Allen, $100
Lydia Sunday School Class at Temple Baptist Church, $50
Joseph Audet, $100
Mary Audet, $100
In the name of Steve Hawley and family, $145
THIS WEEK’S TOTAL, $13,055
TOTAL TO DATE, $46,794
Reach Lucas at (803) 771-8657.