Disability Grant To Help Man Recovering From Depression Build Autonomy
by Samuel Turberville
(Warrensburg, MO, USA)
I am a 60-year-old divorced man with four children and six grandchildren. I live alone and simply. My youth was pretty much a wash, but I have been sober for nearly 30 years, now. I returned to college at a late age, and have a BS and many Graduate Credits.
My father was career Army while my mother raised the five kids. I have lived in many areas of the country, and remember well the losses of JFK, RFK, MLK and others for the concept of "constitutional Persons."
In the summer of 1969, I began to withdraw into myself. My family has a history of depression and other disorders. I began to drink often, and use drugs less often. This led to severe career issues and life problems over the years.
I finally gave up and enrolled in school, and received SSDI. I worked 30 hours per week at the college, and believe I am ready and willing to break the tape after achieving financial independence.
After receiving treatment and finding the right meds, I have improved.
I probably could manage by staying home, watching TV and collecting my check. I need someone to help me become independent.
I feel compelled to be self-employed, and use my education the best that I can. All I need is the start-up cost of the equipment.
My last job lasted over five years… a record. My life has been nothing but financial need and deep poverty.
My age may be a factor, now, in finding employment. And my credit is not good enough even for vocational rehab to fund my business plan.
I need a grant to use for business equipment, transportation and dentures (my teeth are a major concern if I'm to work in public).
I also need miscellaneous start-up funding. The primary expenses will be the computer and printer, if I work at home.
There is a prime location for my business that includes rental income. I envision a small publishing company that produces a weekly news magazine for the community with a supporting web site.
Within the area, I will have a place for retail sales of books, magazines, coffee and special small items. I want to have somewhere that people can visit and hang out.
This idea has tremendous potential to move me into the middle class and provide a needed service to the town. This plan is expensive, because the owner will not finance.
My plan B is to beg for enough money to purchase the equipment and operate from my home. Please help me so that I can gain some self-respect and help others.