I Just Left the Amish, Now What
Now that you have left the Amish culture, there are some things you need to know before you go too much further on your journey. We have tried our best to outline some of the steps you can take to get various documents.
In order to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate, you’ll need to prove that you are who you say you are; this can be done in various ways.
The Steps to Get a Social Security Card: Take your application and proofs of identity to your local Social Security Office. If the Social Security Office accepts your proof of identification, they will issue you a card.
The Steps to Get a Driver's License: In order to get a driver’s license, you will need to prove who you are. Most states require you to provide them with a certified birth certificate and social security card.
There are many ways to look for employment. Newspapers, the internet, and local temp services are great ways to see who is hiring in your area.
Once you get a job, you will want to set up a bank account. Banks are about as plentiful as restaurants. Your best bet is to ask your friends who they bank with and why.
A budget is a good way to make sure that you can make your payments on time and that you have enough money to live on from day to day.
Once you begin working and earning money, you will have to file a tax return by April 15th of every year.
Study for your GED (General Education Development Test); a GED is a form of high school graduation and is necessary for most jobs.
Manners are more significant than just being able to follow certain rules in dealing with others. Our manners show others our thoughts and opinions, but they also reveal what is in our hearts and true character.
Helpful advice for keeping your relationship Godly.
Helpful advice for maintaining good personal hygiene.
Advice for living with others successfully.
Most individuals have a cell phone. Using a cell phone is a fast and easy way to get information and talk with the people you care about. Cell phones are great, however, one needs to learn when it is ok to use them and when they should be turned off.
If you find yourself in need of immediate shelter or food, you can look into different city-wide organizations. Most cities offer help through the YMCA or Red Cross. It is important to know where these offices are and how to contact them.