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Grant Money For MS Disabled Detective To Continue Fingerprinting Consultancy

by Roland Semprie
(Thornhill, Ontario, Canada)

My name is Roland Semprie. I am a 67-year-old retired police detective. I have been married to my wife, Vena, for over 44 years.

Together, we have four adult children, three sons and one daughter.

I was a police officer and served with Toronto Police Service for 27-1/2 years. In 1996, I retired holding the rank of Detective.

Disability Issues

In my early 20s I noticed significant discomfort in my knees when I was riding my bike, walking at a fast pace, travelling on the subway and climbing up and down the stairs.

As the discomfort became more pronounced, I made regular visits to my family doctor and discussed the pain I was experiencing.

The doctor repeatedly told me it was just due to old sports injuries and left it at that.

One summer, 21 years ago, I was closing off the backyard pool and I slipped and fell on my knees. The pain was so intense that I literally wept like a child.

The next day I sought medical attention through Humber Memorial Hospital.

I was referred to a neurologist at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, where an MRI was carried out and later provided a diagnosis of Chronic Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.

Financial Hardship

Over the last five years there has been a noticeable shortage of money.

My wife and I are both seniors and have been trying to make our home disability friendly.

Needless to say this is the most tumultuous and stressful time of our lives.

These overwhelming financial hardships, in part due to the rehabilitation of the house, have left us completely out of pocket.

Basic essentials, such as window coverings have not been met but rather substituted by using craft paper.

On the direction of my neurologist, I modified my 1992 station wagon to operate by using hand controls that accommodate my progressive state.

My neurologist recently recommended a medication that costs $600 per month. This will place additional financial hardships upon us.

In addition, my neurologist also recommended that I start using a walker as my condition worsens.

Income Efforts

I operate a small business, National Pardons Agency, as a Consultant. However, my main income stream came from traditional fingerprinting, which rolled the thumb and fingers on ink to make paper impressions.

A few years ago, digital fingerprinting was introduced and my income stream shrank tremendously due to the introduction of the digital technology. Now, digital technology has become the industry standard.

Specific Needs

I am seeking grants and disability benefits.

I want to be able to relieve the financial stress on both my wife and myself.

I want to be able to live in a more relaxed state without having to constantly worry about money and my ability to provide a simple, yet comfortable lifestyle for my wife and myself.

Business Idea

I would like to continue working as a consultant; however, I would need to purchase the digital fingerprinting machine to be able to compete with my competitors.

I am also looking to relocate my office, as I no longer have an accessible parking spot to accommodate my mobility issues.

Being able to help people from all walks of life in their need for service brings a sense of satisfaction to me. It also brings relief to the people seeking my help.

To be able to continue working provides a form of therapy and gives me a reason to want to get out of bed on mornings.

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Dec 27, 2013
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Flame in the dark
by: Darlena Outing

Thanks for sharing your story Ronald and Vena. Continue to be an inspiration.

Oct 27, 2013
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My Hope for You
by: Anonymous

Roland and Vena,

I along with you have submitted a story and I am very hopeful that someone will help me as well. I know that I was dealt this hand in life, but there are days that I would just rather give up than continue. Being a strong individual all of my life, I kick myself in the rear and tell myself someone somewhere will come along and take this miserable lifestyle away from me.

I have dealt with this for going on eight years and to say the least am very tired of worrying day after day of how I am going to provide for myself and my daughter.


Oct 15, 2013
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Hello Sir
by: Dustin

I can completely relate with you here buddy. I am no police force veteran, but I am a disabled OIF veteran and not nearly as fortunate as you have been in regards of a loving spouse. Recently, I came home and found my girlfriend of two years packing up her things and leaving me, completely unprovoked and out of the blue. All she could say is that she didn't love me anymore... Now, mind you she has a three year old son, whom I care about no less than my own, involved in all this and I feel as if I have truly lost all that I care for in this world. The past few weeks I have been incredibly depressed. I have been unemployed the last three months because I am a full time student. I have prospects in the near future, but nothing is guaranteed. I am hopeful but there are many things to worry about... How am I going to get back and forth to school, how am I going to afford it, how many more sacrifices do I have to make in order to attain stability in my life? She and I have been served a notice to move since this all happened. I have approximately nine days, the 24th of October, to find a new residence. I don't have any family nearby, my support tree is rather small and my problems only stacking. Anyway, sorry to ramble on about my situation, I hope you get everything you need out of this grant my friend. Please, take care.

Dustin

Oct 03, 2013
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Good Luck
by: Anonymous

Hope you find a grant that will help you and your family out. In the meantime stay strong and keep your faith.

Oct 03, 2013
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Good Luck
by: B. Helen McGregor

Read your story. I just hate growing old. I hope you will be able to get disability benefits to make life easier. I know my first time I was denied. I went to a lawyer who specialized in disability appeals. Fortunately, they only charged if they WON!! I did finally get disability, but while waiting lost my mobile home. I mailed my story and it is being reviewed at this time. It is really sad that in a land that has so much that so many, many people have to beg for help.

Sep 22, 2013
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To all the stories I have read
by: Cindy

All these stories have really touched my heart. I know what each and every one is going through. I have been disabled every since I was 12 years old. It makes me so happy to know that some have gotten the help that they needed. Just keep the faith and leave it in God's hands. I've always said. If it's his will it will be done. For those that have not gotten anything yet. Keep your head up and faith in your heart. I pray for each and everyone that your turn won't be far off. God Bless You All.

Sep 15, 2013
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Keep trying and keep looking forward
by: Anonymous

Keep applying for your social security benefits. I was denied three times and I had cancer. So many people abuse the system by gaining social security disability benefits but are not in need of it.

Sep 13, 2013
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Godspeed
by: Hilda

I understand your position. I am also disabled and know that there are good people in this world. Continue the good fight.

Sep 07, 2013
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Wow!
by: new guy

My name is John Lucia and I am new to this. I was invited to go to your page and make a comment. This is to train me on how to make and read comments. I am blind and I am using special equipment to type this letter. I had to go through many changes because I used to be a plumber. I made almost $100,000 a year. Then I fell down two flights of stairs. If the fingerprint thing does not pan out you might consider looking at life through a different angle. That's exactly what I am having to deal with now. So far it is working. Maybe not financially yet. If I keep training myself it will. Best of luck to you. This is my first comment and I will keep an eye on your story. Thank you. John L. (New guy).

Sep 07, 2013
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So happy you are finding someone who really cares
by: Pamela

As a disabled person also seeking funding for a basic necessity of life, I have found it difficult to get access to people who care enough to actually help with my issues. I have been a victim of many people trying to charge me money and other scams in answer to my pleas for help.

It is encouraging to me to hear a story where someone has gotten positive assistance. I pray that you will be successful in your new venture as an online business person. I hope that you will continue to get support for your needs in the future and be able to reach your goals for a more secure lifestyle.

Sep 07, 2013
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Good Luck!
by: Teresa Coffey

With disabilities of my own I understand your story and do hope and pray you get the assistance you need. It is hard to explain the loss we incur and how hard it is to recover. Being active and in the work place is such a sense of accomplishment. Good luck in all you do!

Sep 03, 2013
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Thanks for caring and sharing
by: Vena Semprie

It is encouraging that so many people take the time to comment on our story.

It is also gratifying that from those comments new ideas are formed and developed, thereby allowing those in need to work and maintain as much independence as possible.

In getting our story out we learned of and have since received an online sponsorship that we are currently pursuing for our Fingerprinting Consultancy.

Know that help is available through consistence and persistence. Always follow your dream and never, ever give up.

To everyone who commented, I thank you very much for caring and sharing. You too, can be a success story.

Vena Semprie

Sep 02, 2013
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Thank You Accessible.org!
by: Olga Stebeleva

Dear Ronald and Vena, thank you for sharing your story with the rest of us! I am happy to know that you're about to embark on a new and exciting career and I wish you all the best! Your story is inspiring to me and other disabled folk! Thanks again and thank you Accessible.org!
Sincerely,
Olga

Aug 31, 2013
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Good luck
by: steve

I understand where you're coming from. Keep smiling. It can only get better.

Aug 30, 2013
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Keep hope alive
by: Leonard

I think that it's great that you still have a will to strive and become independent despite your disability. A lot of people misuse getting help and just want to be lazy and get "free" money.

The best thing you and I have done so far is found this site. I really feel better that I'm going to get the proper help for people like you and me and all I can say is be patient cause these folk (the site) really try to help out!!!

Aug 30, 2013
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Challenges we face
by: Learlean

Hi Roland,

Sometimes we face so many challenges when we can no longer work a regular job. Be determined to keep doing what you do. I am sure you will get your business up and running again soon. I am disabled too. It means so much to have something we can focus on, other than our conditions. That is what working does for me. Everything will work out, so you can start fingerprinting again soon.

Take care,
Learlean

Aug 24, 2013
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Hello!
by: Anonymous

Keep going. You sound like me through all my disabilities. All I want is to have my surgeries and live in a relaxed state. No stress. I can't do that without an SUV. I know it's hard out there, but if we keep praying and believing I'm sure someone will hear us. Someone with a heart will hear and know just how hard it is for us. You keep your faith okay and God bless you. Angela Lacorte

Aug 20, 2013
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Just hang in there.
by: Peggy Ragan

I really admire you for the strong will that you have to want a more secure future for yourself and your wife. I really hope this online offer works out well for you. I have been going back to college for the past 6 years in hopes of finding something that I could do that was not nearly so physically challenging for me. However, I feel that my age and disability are stumbling blocks in my efforts to find a job that I can do. It is hard to accept the fact that we can no longer do the things we used to do each day. Good luck with this endeavor as I am certain you will go well.

Aug 19, 2013
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Keep your chin up
by: Marti

It hurts to see someone with your work background and medical needs not getting the help you so deserve. It's even harder that it seems like there is no help or no relief. I hope you get the help that you are needing. There are so many programs out there taking the money that is supposed to be for people who are really the ones needing it. I hope you get the help you need.

Aug 11, 2013
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I pray your needs are met
by: Chris

So many honest people suffer because the unjust hold back wealth to help those in need. Your needs are valid. Praying someone will help you soon.

Aug 09, 2013
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Roland's state
by: Anonymous

It is a pity that someone who was able and senior in serving his government ends up in such state. Despite his struggle to make a good living, he has not been able. I wish the state could be assisting such people who have greatly and devotedly served her.
Anyway I pray that God will touch someone's heart to give a hand.
Thank you.
Jutus

Jul 30, 2013
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Good for you !!!!
by: Ken

Dear Roland and Vena,

I am so happy for you, and hope things start going your way. You so much deserve it. It will be a new challenge for you and it seems to me you have the drive and will to make it a success. Keep going, and I am sure you will find big changes!

Best wishes,
Ken

Jul 29, 2013
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Great News!
by: gary

Good news to hear you received help. Hope I receive some help as you did.
Gary

May 29, 2013
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I Got an Online Business Sponsorship
by: Vena Semprie

In an effort to revive my husband's consulting business I reached out to ability-mission.org in April, 2013, seeking a grant to purchase an electronic fingerprinting machine.

I was fortunate to have my story posted and read by individuals that knew more than I do. Two great comments were posted in response to my story, suggesting a new business alternative, an online business of which I know nothing about.

Acting on those comments, I decided to follow through in pursuing an online business, aware that I am taking on a new challenge to learn how to operate this new venture if I am given a sponsorship opportunity.

I submitted my application to sitesell.org for sponsorship ensuring that I completed all the steps outlined in the application.

Meanwhile, I established a wonderful rapport with Mr. Donald Coggan of ability-mission.org as it was through him that I learned of the online opportunity.

I find Mr. Donald Coggan to be very knowledgeable, resourceful and selfless, always offering words of encouragement and support as I strive to move forward, given the challenges ahead.

Yesterday, I was elated when I learned from sitesell.org that I am accepted for sponsorship of an online business.

I very graciously and gratefully accepted the sponsorship program and I'm now on my way to learn and operate a very successful online business.

It all started through ability-mission.org and progressed to my acceptance of a sponsorship.

To those of you who might be in similar situations I encourage you to reach out to the various organizations. There is an abundance of support available as long as you are willing to pursue and do the work required to accomplish your goal.

Once again, I wish to express my thanks to Mr. Donald Coggan of ability-mission.org, Ken, who planted the seed in his comments and sitesell.org for providing a life changing opportunity for my husband and myself.

Vena Semprie

Mar 25, 2013
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Detecting a will to survive!
by: Ken

Hi Roland,

Don has some very good ideas for you. I seem to think that to get your fingerprints costs about $25 to get them done. Do you need to have this? Or could a notary public do this for you? What happens now for someone that needs to send in their prints to the crown? Do you need to have a bricks and mortar operation? I have noticed there are quite a few online pardon companies. If you could do it out of your home with an online company wouldn't that save you quite a lot of money? You would still be able to write off much of your home as well as utilities, insurances and the likes. I do know how fast money goes when you are no longer able to have a secured income. If you had a separate entrance to your home and had a home office nicely setup, would that not be more convenient for you, with your disability? Sorry for asking so many questions, but I feel it is necessary for yourself to ask yourself these questions and also find out who can give you these answers in print. Phone advice is cheap, but you will need something solid to work with, especially if you require some funding. Unfortunately that is all the banks or government funding will look at. I admire you for your efforts and courage to go forth on this endeavour. You may find some answers at this site:

http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca

Best wishes Roland,
Ken

Mar 18, 2013
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Business Alternative
by: Don from Accessible.org

Hi Roland,

Instead of investing in electronic fingerprinting equipment, you might consider an online business alternative.

A major Internet player has a philanthropy program where they sponsor aspiring online entrepreneurs for all the costs of starting and operating an online business.

One big advantage I could see for you is that while preparing your online business you would also be doing detailed market research for a potential brick and mortar business.

It's a no-cost, no-risk thing that you would likely enjoy. Many retirees are doing it.

Here's the link: http://www.ability-mission.org/bizsponsor

Should you apply and get accepted, please contact me afterwards and I'll give you some tips on making the best of it.

Cheers!
Don from Accessible.org

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