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Disability Grant Money To Help Stroke Disabled Single Mom Fix Up Home

by Mary
(Peterman, Alabama, USA)

I am a 57-year-old mother of six children. All are grown except one, Nicholas, who is now 15.

My husband and I separated when Nicholas was one month old. We had been having serious problems, and by this time I had had enough. He was a crack addict.

I raised my kids just about by myself.

I worked at the county health department for 16 years and lost my job in 2003 when the state started downsizing.

I went back to school in 2004 and graduated in 2005 to become a medical assistant. Since then I have worked odd jobs, such as sitting with disabled people.

Disability Issues

During the course of my marriage I developed a blood pressure problem, along with a small heart condition.

I was under doctor's care, but when you are under stress, taking medication is of no use.

One of my sons got into some trouble in Georgia, and from this came stress because I was not able to go see about him, and this is what brought on my stroke.

I spent two weeks in the hospital and when I came out I did not have much mobility on my left side.

Financial Hardship

My husband was a crack addict and a gambler. He would work but every dime went to his habits.

That left me to pay all the bills, buy food and clothing, take care of school dues, etc. With five kids in school it was hard.

I also had to make sure we kept a roof over our heads. This meant paying rent, and trying to keep a running car.

I worked with the health department in home health so my car had to be in good condition. He knew to take care of his own transportation.

I had insurance from my job so the kids were taken care when they got sick, and so was he because he was also covered.

Income Efforts

When I lost my job we were already separated and thank God three of my kids were out of school, but I still had to take care of the other three.

In losing my job I drew out of my retirement and was able to use it along with my unemployment to go back to school and take care of home, along with food stamps.

My church was good about helping on various occasions. My family and friends would come to my rescue whenever I needed them to do so, or when they could.

Six months after I got out of the hospital I started getting my disability. The five kids that were now grown helped me when they could.

Before getting sick I worked wherever I could, Vanity Fair, Gerber children warehouse, assisted living homes and private sitting. My husband and I are now divorced.

Specific Needs

I am presently living in a mobile home owned by my mother. It is a roof over my head but is in bad need of repair.

Most of the windows are out. I have plastic over them and I really don't have a stable back door.

So I am seeking money to purchase a decent home, along with decent furniture to go in it. It does not have to be fancy, just decent.

All my kids are grown now except my 15 year old and I know he feels bad when his friends come over.

I need advice on how to fix my credit, also on how to obtain help on getting rehab equipment or funds for equipment.

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May 13, 2015
Getting Benefits
by: SheilaKay Paris

Wow Mary,

You have really come through some problems but I still see the brightness of your personality coming through and the smile in your heart.

The last posting I see here was in 2012 from a Claudy comment so I'm hoping with the passing of the years a lot of positive has been happening for you.

Were you able to get into Benefits.gov? Were you able to get disability from social security?

How is the Workbook going from here on Don's fabulous website? If I can help you with it in any way, just give me a 'holler' here. I'll be notified if your response here.

I have another resource for you, Mary. Free also and a business associate of Don's. Brian Therrien's Disability Digest at

Disability Digest

.....which will show you:

Getting Approved For Disability
How To Maximize Your Benefits
How Much You Can Legally Make
Reliable Jobs And Income
How To Find Affordable Housing
Disabled Grants
Financial & Health Care Assistance
Connect With And Learn From Others
All About Veterans Benefits, and
More when you become a member

You can sign up to find out about these resources you deserve at the above link. Register for free at the very bottom.

If I can help further, Mary, just let me know, okay?

Many blessings,


Dec 25, 2012
More Than You Realize
by: Claudy


There is a lot of help for you! You just don't realize it. There is now a website that gives you the whole picture of what you qualify for from government agencies, programs and grants.

Benefits.gov is a one-stop shop for everything you qualify for. You take a long but simple statistical survey with questions like your age, income, area, etc. After you answer all the questions a computerized list is made specific to your needs. It is complete with addresses and contact information. Mary, you will be amazed by how much there is for you. Help for things you didn't even mention in your story. Benefits.gov just added a video link to explain it all but I think you won't have any problem.

You can print out the list or email it to yourself because it takes quite a while to get through everything. So get excited because you will be.

I'm hoping and wishing for a huge amount of luck to come to you really soon. I'm sure it is. Take care and bye for now.

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