ATLANTA -- Karen Hurst, an unemployed single mother whom 11Alive News profiled in a series of stories about the long-term unemployed, says she is leaving Georgia having run out of time, money and options.
Hurst moved to Metro Atlanta at the start of the summer, hoping to find work and establish herself in the Peach State.
But things haven't gone according plan. Hurst never found a job, and she's burned through almost all of her savings.
"I don't see a light at the end of the tunnel for me," Hurst said.
For a time, the 47-year-old was even concerned she and her son might end up on the streets or in a homeless shelter when their money ran out.
Thankfully, she says it appears she will be able to avoid a shelter. Hurst says a friend in upstate New York has offered to let her move temporarily into her spare bedroom while she gets back on her feet.
It's an less-than-ideal situation, she says. But given the current economy, it's perhaps the best that can be hoped for -- a soft landing for a family fallen on hard times.
"I'm just thankful not to be in a shelter," Hurst said.