medic: i believe that when the poster stated her particular situation, she was not looking for a slap on the hand, but seeking good advice on how to deal with a particularly unpleasant situation. i think support, not admonishment would be in her best interests in this situation. i do, in my opinion of course, speak for myself and no one else.
as for the poster: the company is a company period. they are in business to make a profit. if the recruiters and administrators must step on toes, take a harsh approach to individual circumstances, or appear 'heartless' in order to do so, they will indeed do so. if you develop a personal and friendly relationship, then of course it is to your advantage and that person will try extra hard to accomodate you. however, one mustn't forget that a company is a company and they are number crunchers and want their numbers to show a profit, and the travelers are a commodity, used in order to achieve the positive numbers. it is important that one not forget what the bottom line is and what their (the company) ultimate goal is.
as far as the unfortunate situation in which you find yourself: you may try public non-profit organizations (women's groups, family services, etc) and religious organizations (salvation army, methodist, mormon, catholic, etc) to float you a 'grant' or 'loan' in order to help with your situation. many of the religious organizations operate lending rooms (furniture, appliances, possessions etc) that aid and in addition, are able to provide short term transportation for people locally. you might have some luck there.
[color="olive"]the hospital itself is under no obligation to assist you, but all hospitals have social workers who have a wealth of resources at their fingertips. approach them. ask them for their help, or at least they can provide you with the appropriate community resources that might assist you, and in the process you may develop a personal friendship in the process!
i hope that you have positive results and keep us 'posted' :flowersfo