Disability Grants To Help Bipolar Disorder Disabled Colleen Stretch Her Dollars
by Colleen Schroeder
(Jerseyville, Illinois, USA)
My name is Colleen and I am 37 years old.
I have one son who is six years old. I had another baby that I gave up for adoption, due to my mental instability.
Colleen Schroeder And Son
I live in rural southern Illinois. I spent four years in Alaska with my first husband back in my mid-twenties.Disability Issues
My mental illness was triggered by a traumatic life event when I was less than eight years old. It has only gotten worse since then.
I struggled throughout my teens and twenties. I was finally diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in my late twenties.
I have been hospitalized as a result of my Bipolar Disorder a handful of times.
I was approved for Disability in 2007 because I could no longer hold down a job.
I get $622/month for Disability. I also get food stamps and PIP for my utility bill.
My son and I live in a HUD home. I just recently re-applied for TANF.
My son's father does not pay any child support.
My son and I always run out of food stamps before the month is over and $622 doesn't stretch far after all the bills are paid.Income Efforts
In 2015, I started my own doggy daycare/dog-walking/dog-sitting business. Unfortunately due to a series of mood swings and mental instability I lost all of my dog jobs and my business went under.
I then tried a work from home on-line job. After two days, I quit as a result of what the stress was doing to my moods.Specific Needs
I am seeking grant(s). I need financial assistance in getting a newer used car for my son and me.
I need assistance with paying my water and phone bill.
I need assistance to pay for my counseling and gas $ for the trip to and from my counselor and psychiatrist.