Disability Grant To Help Blood Disorder Disabled Single Dad Restore Heating
by Nich Gross
(Middletown, PA, USA)
I'm a male single parent in my 40s on disability with shared custody of two boys.
My gas has been turned off so we have to rely on portable heaters and a hotplate for heat, hot water to bathe with and cooking.
I recently made a trip to DC for the thanksgiving holidays and my truck broke down on the way back home.
Now because it's broken down I have no transportation to make it to doctor appointments for my kids and me or to take my kids back and forth where they need to go when needed.
I was rushed to the hospital back in 2000 because I passed out a home and was unresponsive when a friend found me.
Once I was revived there I was told they didn't know what was wrong me. Then the doctors finally came in and told me that I have a blood disorder that will end terminally.
I had to spend almost a month in the hospital, but would not be able to return to work. I had to have more two blood transfusions.
This also results in me being on meds for the rest of my life.
I have days when I have just about no energy, but I push myself to do what I can for the sake of my sons with only what I get.
I'm going to be on disability for the rest of my life.
I live in low-income housing and can't work because of my condition. I don't get any other type of financial help other than a disability check once a month.
It's very hard to survive on less than $800 a month with two teenage boys!
I'm trying to do my best to do what lots of guys are avoiding doing.
I'm trying to do my part as a man by stepping up and raise my sons who are 14 and 16, which should say a lot about me as a father!
I'm doing whatever I can to the best of ability to be a good role model for them to follow as a man and a father with almost no help besides "God" himself and I'm very grateful when he does!
I'm very grateful that I do receive SSI and SSDI once a month.
I receive $90 in food stamps and get food bank vouchers from churches when available.
Yet at this time it's not enough to when it comes to raising two young men the right way and not lose them to the hardship of the streets.
I was told about this program from a friend and I'm praying and hoping to get some type of financial help as soon as possible with two things:
a) Getting my gas turned back on before it gets too cold. The bill is $2300.
b) Fixing my truck that's still in DC. The costs would be: $440 for diagnostic testing (before they charge me storage fees), $8000 for a new engine or getting another vehicle (which I can find at an auction for less than $8000 if approved)