A furloughed bartender who worked at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has been waiting for Florida’s unemployment benefits since April. Alyssa Brewbaker is a single mother of three, a 3-year-old and 2-year old twins, all boys.
Brewbaker shared with News 6 Orlando that she is down to her last $16 and a promise from the Department of Employment Opportunity that her wait for financial relief could be over by Friday.
The single mom has been able to feed her boys thanks to food stamps. “Thank God for food stamps,” she said. “That’s the only way I can provide food on the table.”
Brewbaker has also been diligently trying to find work while the children’s father is able to keep them three days a week. She had been doing food deliveries for Uber Eats, however, her vehicle recently broke down.
“I’ve received two federal payments in May and I have not received anything since,” she shared with News 6 in an interview. “DEO said three days ago they issued me money and if I don’t have it by Friday to give them a call back.”
Brewbaker is among the estimated 70-thousand furloughed cast members that are waiting to get back to work. But Disney has yet to reach out to her to return.
News 6 interviewed Mark Hamrick, a senior financial analyst with Bankrate.com. Hamrick explained that DEO was not set up to deal with this sudden wave of unemployment applicants. He also added that the latest unemployment claims show a steady decline but the 1.9 million new claims reflect a real demand for benefits that have tapped systems from Florida to California.
You can watch the interview here and find out ways you can help Alyssa Brewbaker during these challenging times.