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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!