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Disability Grant To Help MS Disabled Elaine With Home Business Essentials

by Elaine DeJong
(Bellingham, WA, USA)

My name is Elaine. I have five daughters and 30 grandchildren. Three of my daughters live within 30 miles from where I live in south Bellingham, Washington.

For the last 42 years I've been working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. I worked alongside my parents from 1972 until 1980 in Port Townsend, WA in their group homes for developmentally disabled children.

In 1983 I moved to Bellingham and started a business supporting adults with developmental disabilities to live in their own apartments and live as independent as possible. I loved my work!

Disability Issues

When I was diagnosed with MS, my neurologist told me I had to quit driving.

Then the most devastating news came, I had to step down as administrator from my business and let my oldest daughter take over my business. That was one of the most difficult things I've ever had to do because I loved my work.

My MS is in my brain and not my spinal cord. So MS affected my business functions, for example: maintaining the accounting was mainly where the deficits happened, and MS affected my judgment and my ability to drive safely.

Financial Hardship

Now eight years later, I'm struggling to buy the essentials. My hospital bills and medical bills take most of my Social Security and I would like to start a home-based business to make additional money.

Actually, I'm glad I can't drive because there is no way I could afford a car: gas, maintenance, etc.

Income Efforts

I'm not able to hold down an 8 to 5 job. Many times a day I have to lie down and rest; it just wouldn't work. Fatigue is the most prevalent symptom I have from Multiple Sclerosis. If I had a home-based business I could work at my own pace and wouldn't have to worry about losing my job because I can't keep up with my bosses expectations.

Specific Needs

To start a home-based business, I need a grant. As I've said, I don't have even enough money to buy the essentials like: clothing, shoes and other essentials. I would be so, so appreciative to receive a grant.

I'm so sure I could get a business started and make the money to buy the extras I need. I've started a business before and I know what I'm getting myself into.

Business Idea

I need equipment to start a home-based business. I love to create digital pictures and I would sell them on Etsy or eBay. I need a wide format printer and supplies to create digital art. I need photo paper and material and the tools to make frames!

I'm sure I can do this and I love it. I've made digital art for my friends and would love to have the equipment to start my own business!

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Sep 29, 2014
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Thank you!!
by: Elaine DeJong

Thank you Ken for the address to Work-At-Home jobs... My first priority is to have my own work-at-home business, and I need a grant for that to happen. I want to create and sell quote boards with Bible scripture and sell them online and I'm hoping and praying that I can get a grant to make that happen. If that turns out to not be possible then I will apply for work-at-home jobs online. Again, thank you!!
Elaine

Sep 28, 2014
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Never pay to work from home.
by: Ken

Hi Elaine,

There are many scams out there. The first giveaway is if you have to pay money. Here is an address that actually gives you a little flexibility, they even have benefits after a while;

https://jobs.alpineaccess.com/work-home/work-home-overview

God Bless and the best of luck,
Ken

Sep 28, 2014
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Good for you!
by: Don from Ability-Mission.org

Elaine,

Congrats on getting your story out there!

It's the first step in the process. Keep on keeping on!

Cheers!
Don Coggan

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