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Grant To Help Educate Depression And Bipolar Disorder Disabled Young Man

by Robert Guadagno
(Pocono Lake, PA, USA)

Hello my name is Robert and I am 27 years old. I am single and currently live with my grandmother and uncle in a rural part of Pennsylvania known as the Poconos.

I was born on August 14, 1986 in Queens New York. I have five brothers and sisters. My father passed away when I was 12 and I always had different stepfathers from the time I was about two years old.

I currently do not have an education in order to get a good job and I live with my 77-year-old grandmother.

Disability Issues

I have been on disability since the age of 18 for severe depression and bipolar disorder.

I also severely hurt myself in 2009 after a car accident and hurt myself further in 2011 while trying to work.

Financial Hardship

I currently receive $650 a month SSI, some of which I give to my grandmother for letting me stay with her and also for food and things needed through the month.

I live in a rural area and have no form of transportation. I have to rely on my 77-year-old grandmother to bring me to my appointments.

I want to get off SSI and go to school. I have applied for a grant and was told that I may be eligible for some help in school. Unfortunately I am unable to even make the first step because I can't ask my grandmother to drive me to school.

I can't afford to buy new clothing and school supplies. I want off of disability and I want a good job and a family. I don't even know where to start.

I know that in today's time if I don't get an education I am doomed and my life will be hell.

Income Efforts

I am on SSI. It helps me just put food in my mouth and keep a warm place to sleep.

I don't really have any family that I speak to and everyone in my family has their own financial problems.

I never tried to get this type of help before. If I can get help with being able to get around and make the steps needed to better myself and get an education I definitely would.

Specific Needs

I am seeking a grant or something to help me obtain transportation so I can get to doctors' appointments and schools. I would also use anything I get for school clothes transportation and school supplies.

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