Header for Ability Mission

Depression And Osteoarthritis Disabled Woman Seeks Grant To Better Life

by Ar'Lisa Foster
(Los Angeles, CA, USA)

I am a divorced 50-year-old mother of a daughter, 29 and a son who is 21. I have two granddaughters ages 1 and 7.

I have one brother 10 years younger and a one-year-old niece and 11-year-old nephew.

I have been an educator for over 25 years and am co-founder of a non-profit foundation.

I am active in the community and neighborhood and continuously look for opportunities to be of service to others. Helping others is what I do, who I am and what I am proud of.

Disability Issues

I have progressively degenerative osteoarthritis throughout my body, fibromyalgia and severe depression. The osteoarthritis started in my knees over 25 years ago.

I was diagnosed with depression about 30 years ago and the fibromyalgia was diagnosed a couple of years ago.

All of the above progressively got worse until I could no longer function at my job and was put on permanent disability by my doctor. It has been challenging because I have always been able to push through.

Having these disabilities become life limiting have taken a great deal of strength and faith to continue doing what I can and not give up. There are days when I cannot get out of bed because of the pain.

There are days I can't eat not just because I have no food, but because I have no appetite. There are days I can't go anywhere because it is too painful to drive.

Financial Hardship

At the onset of my disabilities affecting my ability to work, I did not receive income from any source until over a year later when my disability was finally approved.

My home went into foreclosure, my heater was red tagged and unusable during the cold winter months, I lost my health insurance and I was unable to pay any bills or buy any substantial amount of food.

I had to borrow money for medication and doctor's visits, I was unable to assist my college-age son and I lost all savings and material possessions of any value for need of money.

I am thankful to have been able to save my house and have a roof over my head. It is just very difficult trying to keep up with all of my financial responsibilities.

Earning Efforts

Through my efforts in helping the community through the foundation as well as just an individual, I was blessed to meet people who helped me.

I continued to pursue my disability benefits though it took over two years to work out.

I fought for and got assistance with my house.

I managed to pull my crumbling life back from the brink of no return.

It is still a struggle with finances as my disability is half of what my salary was and I pay a lot for medical insurance, prescriptions and doctor appointments.

Specific Needs

I need financial assistance to help me pay off my debts, as well as to have some repairs done on my home.

I need specific resources for being 50 on disability because most assistance is for those older. If there are benefits, grants or monetary donations available, I would appreciate being considered for them.

I was just approved for medical, so that will help. But honestly I need money to help me get my life back to okay. Better than okay would be even better.

My daughter developed a family foundation called Foster & Banks Walk In Faith Foundation. She developed it to assist at-risk youth and their families and community with mentoring, tutoring and other social services.

We are looking for a minimum of $50,000 to get our foundation programs and services started as well as to buy a building.

Click here to post comments

Return to US California.