Carter Liefeld has been forced to turn to charity after her mother, Debbie Liefemans, had to seek a court order for financial aid.
The 33-year-old former elementary school teacher, who was on maternity leave until recently, is now struggling to find a job, as she works on her own to make ends meet.
“It’s a struggle,” said Liefemeister, who lives with her mother in a rented home in the town of Rosedale.
“I’ve got my own bills to pay, I’ve got to take out more food, and I’ve lost my job.
I just don’t know where to turn.”
Liefebouts mother, who is also unemployed, was left with little choice but to seek an order to aid her daughter in her search for a full-time job after her husband, Brian Liefeman, died in March.
Liefemaers husband died after battling pancreatic cancer, and the couple’s daughter had a medical issue that put her on medication, which was denied.
Liedemans mother then turned to a federal bankruptcy judge in March, hoping to help her daughter.
“We had to look for ways to help, so we looked for help from the courts,” said Carter, who declined to be named for fear of losing her job.
But after spending months negotiating with a judge and then a lawyer, she learned she could not get an order that would allow her daughter to stay in school.
“At that point, we just knew she was not going to make it,” said the mother of four, who has worked as a teacher for almost five years.
“The whole process was so difficult.
We were in a situation where we didn’t know what was going to happen.”
Liedemaers mother now lives with relatives in a rental home in North Bay, hoping she will be able to find work.
But she has been told by the federal bankruptcy court that her daughter could be unable to work because she was unable to prove that she has enough income to live on.
“She’s not a very good worker,” said Ms. Lijemans.
“There’s a lot of people that work and have a hard time.
She just hasn’t been able to do it yet.”
She said her daughter has been able, though, to go to school, and that she would be able, if she needed to, resume teaching if she were able to.
“If we were able, she would do great,” Ms. Hoes said.
“But if not, then she’ll be a mom.”
Laid-off teacher at the age of 27, Liefemer has also struggled to find employment.
She’s been employed as a janitor, and she has also been hired to assist with the school bus.
“They just have to be paid their rent, their bills,” said Lisa Liedeman, Carter’s mother.
“That’s what they were paying for when they were out of the business.”
The family was hoping for an order for Carter to be able go back to school and resume her teaching.
“My son was supposed to be the next to go.
He had a full scholarship,” Ms Hoes recalled.
“Now that she’s gone, he’s not getting a scholarship.”
Lifeemans sister, Tracey, who also works as a nurse, said Carters sister and the mother were trying to get help from other sources to help them out financially, but she said Carts father had been out of work for about three years.
Carters father had worked as an apprentice mechanic at the factory where the school was located for the last two years, and Lieferes sister said that while he was still employed, he was struggling.
“His family had been working for years, so he had a good job, but he didn’t have a steady job,” said Tracey Liefemin.
“He was just working for a living.”
Carters mother has also had trouble finding work.
“When she’s not at work, she’s been really, really depressed,” said her sister.
Lefemans father, who left the family when Carters was young, had been an apprentice electrician in the factory.
Lofemans brother, Chris, who works in an electrical repair shop, said his father had a lot on his plate and was struggling financially.
“You don’t hear from him for four years and then suddenly you hear he’s in a bad situation,” he said.
Laidemans parents are not alone.
“Carter is not alone,” said Nana Fadil, a registered nurse in the district.
“Every single person in our community is struggling.”
Fadill said Carting was struggling as well.
“To me, this was