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Bipolar And PTSD Disabled Man Seeks Disability Grant For Small Business

by Jaquin
(Bellingham, WA, USA)

I am a 34 year old male. I am divorced, with no child, and of Polynesian-Irish descent. I have a mirror twin.

We came from a large family. I do not have a regular relationship with most of my family.

Just recently, I have decided to make an effort to stay in touch with my siblings.

Disability Issues

I have both mental and physical disabilities.

Officially, I have an umbrella Post-traumatic stress disorder along with several other disorders. These disorders include bipolar mania, acute dyslexia, and hyper vigilance.

In the last two years I have been struggling with blank face to grand-mal seizures. They were caused by severe sexual and physical abuse, as well as neglect.

Financial Hardship

I have worked on and off independently around the culinary field. Any high stress triggers any of my disabilities.

Not many employers are willing to take a chance on someone who has high-risk dysfunctions such as mine. As time went by, I have learned to manage my disabilities.

I have been most successful doing odd jobs. I also cooked for people in groups of 50-200. I have cooked and grilled for wedding, anniversary, and birthday parties

It is hard to find consistent work. I have had a lack of financial consistency. I often walk or take public transportation.

Even having money for the bus had been a challenge. I cannot drive due to my disabilities.

My medications have been bought with state assisted health care. I had been a ward of the state of Washington since I was twelve. I didn't ask for help concerning my disabilities.

Income Efforts

It is difficult to be motivated when I experience depression.

I perform what I can by asking friends for odd jobs. By word of mouth, if someone needs anything done, I will usually volunteer. I did that not to have money but for self-worth.

I reach out to people through my cooking. I made large pots of soup and had a friend help me carry them on the bus. This soup helped in feeding local homeless kids with food from the local food bank.

I cook for my girl. She loves how we take turns taking pictures of what I cooked. We post them on my Facebook page and blog.

I am on SSI. The amount varies from $339 to $698. It depends on whether SSI has to withhold monies from my account or not for what they consider overpayment.

Specific Needs

I am seeking a grant where I can purchase a portable Lunch cart. I need this to feed people with my homemade sausages, hot dogs, chips, and sun-teas.

I am good with people. Pretty well, I can intuit what they want to eat.

Business Ideas

I am looking to finance a small portable lunch cart. This will be used in catering all the local business people and the small downtown area for breakfast and lunch.

I plan to have it on a rotation of location. The schedule will be from Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with a break in between to set up things from breakfast to lunch.

My girl works at our local library. Most of her co-workers and other city employees really need a fast, wholesome and homemade food source. I’m thinking that it would be me!

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Dec 08, 2012
To Claudy
by: Anonymous

Dear Claudy,

Appreciate the information and the time out of your life to help me in my life. Maybe, when you need help, it will be there for you too. Thanks again and I plan on doing the survey and I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks again!

Dec 06, 2012
Try Something New
by: Claudy

In reading your story I think of an agency called Vocational Rehabilitation. Where I live it is a state agency but I'm sure that Washington has something comparable. They call it Voc Rehab for short. Voc Rehab will re-train you for work more compatible for you disability. If you have always worked in the high-stress food industry, they will train you as a park ranger or something less stressful. This may include college, technical school, or specialized training. Then once you're re-trained they help you find work in that field. They have government listings and can really insure you get the chance to work.

The problem is how do you find an agency like Voc Rehab where you live! There is a way to find help. Go online to benefits.gov and take the survey. Based on your answers to the questions, you get a computerized list of all government programs and benefits you may qualify for. It's a great way to get the big picture of everything you qualify for -- federal, state, and local -- complete with addresses and contact information. You may see grants or other programs you may be interested in. You will be amazed by how much help there is for you in all aspects of your life from medical to housing to employment. You won't be disappointed.

I had trouble getting the next key to click at the bottom of the survey page at benefits.gov but there is a list of the pages on the top left side. I just clicked the next page in the list and was able to continue... just in case you have the same problem.

It is pretty simple to take the survey but if you have trouble just go to your local library and tell them you're disabled and they will assist you.

You are going to be happy when you find out just how much help there is for you. I'm wishing for great luck to come to you really soon.

Good luck is coming! Take care.

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