Grant To Help Bipolar Disabled Woman Improve Home And Start Business
by Teresa Coffey
(Campti, Louisiana, USA)
I am a 53-year-old woman with two sons and two wonderful granddaughters. I currently live with my most wonderful sister who is helping me as much as possible.
I am a three-time divorcee. I was a pipe welder for 28 years and thought I was a productive citizen who just worked hard, believed in God and paid taxes.
I was truly a woman in a man's world and have paid the high price for that in many avenues of my life.
My relationship with others is always on high alert and if not for my family, I really don't know where I would be at this time.
Despite my mental and now physical challenges, I feel as a disabled person I am still quite able to inspire and touch the lives of others.Disability Issues
I was a pipe welder many working construction jobs most of my adult life. I have always been fair and pulled my weight on and off the job.
I have suffered much ridicule and harassing from many co-workers. Being usually the only woman in the field on the job, I had very little support.
In 2007 I was sexually assaulted on the job in front on my co-workers. I reacted in a most violent way and was terminated.
With no support from co-workers that were eyewitnesses, I had no recourse and was devastated. This action is something I seem to not be able to recover from.
I cried for many months and suffered severe depression. My family insisted on sending me for a mental health evaluation.
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, clinical depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. I was put on medication for anxiety and sleeplessness.
I gained 50 lbs immediately.
My financial situation became desperate. I had no vehicle, no home and no money.
I was a mental wreck. I slept on my mother's couch for two years.
After many tries, I was finally able to receive Disability.
The diagnosis of bipolar disorder explained a lot in my life and I am sure it was the root of my failed attempts at marriage.
The clinical depression and PTSD is something I will live with and deal with forever.
I am currently unable to work in a public forum and my training as welder is useless.Financial Hardship
Due to this disability I am unable to financially support myself. I am off medication due to the inability to pay for them.
I am currently living with my sister, homeless. Fortunately, someone gave me a vehicle, an older model truck not really dependable but accessible for emergency travel.
Due to the lack of work, my bills incurred in the past still remain and just day-to-day life is a struggle.
I am a fighter and refuse to give up.
I am paying what I can and will always try to pull my weight as much as possible.
I have graduated college with a degree in business but the public workplace is really not an option at this timeIncome Efforts
I did obtain financial help to attend college in attempts to start new job skills for the future.
My family has been a Godsend, providing me with shelter, food and support even when it meant hardship for them.
My church has helped with donations and support.
I have been searching for a job that could give me back the independence I feel was stolen from me, but options in the job market are small with my special disabilities.Specific Needs
I am seeking a government grant or loan that does not have to be paid back, something that could help me to find a better home, to help pay expenses I have incurred, and to help me start my own business.
Paying off my debts and starting my business would help me live with dignity and not as a burden to my family.
I feel that if I were able to have a chance at being a business owner I could excel at whatever God has planned for my future.
I am desperate to escape the physical, mental, and financial pain I am suffering because of my disability.Business Idea
I have always wanted to start my own business and I feel that the doors of opportunity are open now.
I want to start an auto upholstery business that is much needed in my area. I could work alone and at my own pace. The auto repair business is a growing industry here with no auto upholstery shops in this local area.
This business is something that would give me independence and I could once again be a productive citizen.
I am a fighter and not ready to give up on being able to live through my disability. I have already had customers asking for business but am unable to finance the start up of my business on my own.
The auto upholstery is something I am really excited about and have the ability I believe to make it work.