Jake, it's awesome to hear from you. I am sorry to hear about the swift kick in the nuts life has given you recently. I, myself have just gone through this. My Jeep won't start, leaks at the head gasket, and although I really thought about selling her, I just couldn't. Things will get better, sometimes all you need is a little time. Also I know the job market sucks right now, and if your job is keeping you back, I'd say try and save for your own shop or just keep looking. Things will get better. Good luck and if you ever need anything, I am sure many here including myself would try and help any way we can.
81 Jeep CJ5 4" lift, 33" Mickey Thompson Baja Claw tires.