Disability Grant For MS Disabled Karen To Buy Home And Make Accessible
by Karen Paese
(Marion, Ohio. USA)
With my partner
I am a 43-year-old female with no children. I live with my partner, two dogs (one we rescued), a cat and fish. They are our kids and we treat them as such.
We rent from my partner's parents. It causes tension at times but the rent is affordable here right now.
I worked in management for over 17 years and loved it. One day I would love to have a nonprofit to help those in need.
I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in September 2012. My disease is so progressive that by November 2012 I was in a wheelchair.
I went from working crazy amounts of hours to not being allowed to work at all.
This illness takes almost everything from me including not being able to think or remember things, not being able to walk, not being able to speak.
I can't play sports, which I absolutely love, and much more. I go from getting stronger to not being able to use my legs the next day.
I have yet to allow my disease to bring me down. It has allowed me to help others with MS.
I have been in physical, occupational, and speech therapy for two years and eight months now.Financial Hardship
I am on SSD and SSI, which is why I need help getting a handicap accessible home or buying the home we are in and making it accessible.
I also need help getting a Hoveround. I have a scooter but it is run down and does not make corners or turn around like the other ones.
We really want to get help buying the home we are in and making it accessible because the bathroom already is.
Plus, her parents will not charge us as much as buying from a stranger.Income Efforts
I have asked for help from my Ohio Waiver program but a loan is not something they help with.
I have tried to take loans out from a couple of friends and even asked our church for help. It seems like everyone is in the same position as I am.
My partner works taking care of me. She makes minimum wage doing it but deserves so much more.
She gets paid for 56 hours a week no matter how many hours she actually works. Our budget is stretched to the limit.Specific Needs
What I am seeking is a grant to help buy the house we're in and the cost of making it handicap accessible.
This house was my partner's grandmother's home so we would like to stay here. However, if we have to move because someone has an accessible home to offer then we are willing to do that as well.
I am a positive person but sometimes not being able to get around my home makes it difficult.