My name is Kathryn Castaneda, I am 56 with two adult children ages 28 and 25. I moved to Prescott Valley from California several years ago.
I am not currently working, and my husband just got a job as a foreman for a construction company. Thank goodness, because we have been homeless. Soon hopefully, we will have enough money for a place of our own.
I haven’t worked in five-years because of anxiety and depression. Fortunately, I am on AHCCCS, so I get the medications I need. I was recently diagnosed as seriously mentally ill and I will be able to apply for Social Security Disability.
I raised my sons by myself. One has autism, the other ADHD, I worked off and on until I got married 5 years ago. My children benefitted from AHCCCS when they were little because I never received a dime of child support. My youngest son, needed a lot of medical care, including respite and medications.
My work history is in the restaurant and service industry. Recently, I tried to get hired as a maid/housekeeper, but I think that I didn’t get hired because everyone else being interviewed that day were much younger than me. I know it will take a long time for me to get my social security disability, a work requirement would greatly impact me, I’m older and it’s hard to find a job. I also don’t have a car and there is no public transportation in Prescott. I am one of those people who needs AHCCCS the most, because I have to take my medications regularly and go in for my doctor’s visits.