Grant Money To Help Arthritis Disabled Grandma With Needed Home Repairs
by Learlean Rockingham
(Port Gibson, MS, USA)
I am a 57-year-old grandmother living in Port Gibson, MS. I have four grown children and 11 grandchildren.
I enjoy helping others, doing crafts to keep busy and reading to keep focused. I have a website for my disability advocate activities:
I was diagnosed in 2009 with severe degenerative arthritis of the joint and spine, and gout in my feet and ankles. This causes limited mobility.
The pain was so bad I used crutches to walk, until I had knee surgery in 2010.
I had been working jobs requiring standing on concrete for long hours, sometimes as long as 15 hours a day.
I worked as long as I could, a total of 32 years. In 2008 I just had to stop working. I am approved for SSDI.
I live on $833 SSDI, which takes care of my immediate needs: food, utilities, miscellaneous for the home.
My car was repossessed in 2009. I have not been able to replace it.
I try to save a little money each month, but have to spend it before the month end.
I have recently begun working with The Disability Digest as a Disability Advocate, which I am grateful for.
I need to work in the home because of health challenges of getting around. I thank God for my children, who help me when I have needs.
I am seeking grant help for major foundation repairs to my home
- cracks in the floors and walls
- sinking floors, doors shifted, windows
- two holes more than five feet deep under the foundation
- sewage drain lines that need replacing
- busted drain pipe underground that needs replacing