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Accident Disabled Mom Seeks Government Grant To Replace Rusted Vehicle

by Rachele Grover
(Alton, NH, USA)

I am a married 49-year-old happy woman. My husband is from England and I have two wonderful boys. One is getting married next year and I have a 17 year old who is graduating next spring from High School.

I have chronic low back pain from a failed surgery. It all started November 26, 1997 when I was bringing in groceries from the car into the house and I fell down the outside stairs and landed on my tailbone and broke it.

In May 3, 2001 I had L5/S1 spinal fusion with rods put in and everything was great. When I was recovering from my surgery, I went back to school (college) to become a medical assistant.

In the year 2000 I landed my dream job working at Seacoast Dialysis. I started as a lab tech and worked my way up to a Dialysis tech. I loved helping people and giving them their treatments and helping them to live longer and healthier lives.

But in the summer of 2005, I started having problems with my back again. Just after Christmas of that year I got walked out because I was a liability to the job. My chronic pain was hurting people and not helping them. So I could not work anymore.

After my divorce in 2009, I only had my SSI checks and child support checks to support me and my son.

My current husband cannot work until he gets a green card and that costs money.

I had a 2005 Nissan Sentra, which was repossessed because I could not afford the payments anymore. My best friend gave me a car which is a 1995 Quest with 215,000 miles on it.

We took very good care of this car. It now has 239,800 miles on it. The gas tank is strapped to the frame. The underneath is rusted out. It will no longer pass inspection and it will cost way too much to fix.

I need a car for doctors' appointments, school for my son, going to the immigration for my husband and other things too.

We have tried getting a car loan at a car lot but my credit was not good enough to quality for a loan. We went to the "buy here and pay here" car lot, but again I was not making enough money for them either.

We are having a hard time with finances; our rent is more than half of my SSI checks. My medications are not cheap either.

I can't get my husband a green card to go to work because we don't have enough for immigration.

I don't have cable TV or Internet. I have to borrow my neighbor's to check my emails and my son's grades at school.

I also use a pre-paid phone because cable companies do only bundles now. You cannot just buy one service anymore.

In July 2013, I will be losing child support and the dependent SSI. So I am also in the process in looking for a job, which would have to be part-time, non-labor because of my chronic pain.

I do get help from the local food pantry and I am getting food stamps.

I also have a degree in psychology and I'm looking to go back to school to get my masters. I want to teach in high school to help our teenagers.

Most of all I love to crochet. I have been making afghans and ponchos and selling them on the weekends in the yard sales that we have. My husband also helps me by doing odd jobs for friends and neighbors.

I really need a car to go to my doctors' appointments, grocery stores and if there is an emergency I can take my son or husband to the hospital if needed.

I go to a doctor's office at least twice a month. My son is graduating this coming spring and my oldest son is getting married. I'd like to be able to get myself there and back.

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Aug 24, 2012
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by: Ken

Hi Rachele,

Sorry to hear about your back pain; that's not good. I have arthritis in my lower spine. Back problems are terrible to live with. You are very lucky to have such a good education, especially in the medical field! It's in such demand now. Is there not somewhere you can work, like in a doctor's office? You are probably over-qualified, but I have seen medical assistants work part-time.

If you're looking for a free car, why don't you post it on the net or at your local corner store or anywhere there is a community message board? People are donating cars all over the place, usually for a tax credit, but there are some people out there who just want to do good. A church is sometimes a good place to ask. Or when you are out and about, keep your eyes open for cars that you know have been sitting in driveways for a long time. Someone may be willing to give you theirs. You could just put a letter in their mailbox with your request and a number they can contact you on it. About your husband, I found this site and there is quite a lot of different opinions here:


Good luck,

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