Disabled Single Mother Seeks Miracle Grant Money For Extended Family
by Jenny Schell
(Oswego, Illinois, USA)
My Name is Jenny Schell. I'm 38 and live in Illinois. I really do need a miracle right about now.
I'm a single mother of three: my son that's 21 and my two grandkids, which I will be adopting as soon as I can get the money for it. I have raised them since birth.
I'm their mom in every way except legally, but hopefully soon in that way too! Their ages are one year and eight months.
I have one brother and four sisters, three living and one who died at birth. My dad passed away 2-1/2 years ago very suddenly.
Dad was always healthy or so we all thought, so it was a very big shock to all of us when it happened. He died of a heart attack.
He was only 65 when he passed away. My Mom and Dad would have been married 40 years a week after he passed away.
My mom is disabled and has very bad health: diabetes, heart disease, neuropathy in her legs and feet, congestive heart failure.
She is almost blind due to her diabetes. The most recent thing is that doctors say she may have Alzheimer's.
She's 60 years old. I still live at home and take care of my mom. I'm her caregiver. My brother age 31 and son age 21 have been looking for work for over a year now.
The only income we have is me being caregiver of mom, which I would do in a heartbeat without getting paid, but this allows me to be with her 24/7 and try to be able to pay bills, and for living expenses etc.
I get paid through a program from the state. My sister works bringing in less then $600 every two weeks and my mom's Social Security.
We have bills pouring in, and our electricity is to be turned off any day now. There isn't enough money for living, taking care of everyone and the bills!
I'm afraid and don't know where to turn. I need to help my family and know we're going to be okay.
It's been very rough to say the least emotionally and financially! But as the saying goes, "God only helps those that help themselves."
So I was thinking if I could possibly get a grant I could maybe pay the utility bills, get groceries in the house and get what I need to help my mom.
Thanks for taking the time to read my story and for any government grant help you can direct me to.