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Disability Grant Money Will Help Accident Disabled Mom Get Modest Home

by Cheri Farinholt
(Union Bridge, Maryland, USA)

I am a 41-year-old woman. I have been together with my husband for 21 years.

Together we have a daughter and three sons.

Our daughter, Grace Ashlea, is now 19 years old. Our three sons are: John Garrett Adam 16 years old, Matthew Austin 15 years old, and Jacob Elliott 13 years old.

Disability Issues

On November 23, 2010 I had dropped the three boys off at wrestling practice, and my daughter was at a friend's.

I went and picked up some last minute things for the holiday and was heading back to pick up the four kids and we were going to go home.

A drunk driver who was 62 years old struck me from behind. She was on her way home from work, where she was a bartender.

I was at a stop. I was thrown into the next lane, hit again, thrown back into my lane, hit again, and then thrown out of the car.

She left the scene of the accident.

I suffered a head injury, and other life-threatening injuries. The police told my husband I would not make it through the night.

I died two times in the helicopter, on the way to shock trauma. The kids did not know what happened to me when I never showed up to pick them up and the road was closed.

I was in a coma for one month and in three different hospitals for four months.

Financial Hardship

We lost everything. We were evicted out of our home, even though no one was there.

Transportation is a challenge because I do not qualify for the free transportation through the county because we have a car.

This doesn't make any sense to me because I have a head injury and cannot drive and I have told them this, so if I am home and the car is home it does me no good because I cannot drive it.

I am missing medical appointments because of no transportation.

My family cannot get me to all my medical appointments. My husband has to work and my kids have to go to school.

Income Efforts

My husband works as much as he can, but he also has to worry about making sure the four kids have transportation to where they need to go and I have transportation to where I need to go.

The church has also been a huge help like helping us with gifts for Christmas.

I did finally start getting my disability in January.

The donations that we had received from the community have finally run out.

We do get food stamps and health insurance through the state for the whole family.

Family and friends have helped us the best they can with paying bills and helping to pay for vehicle repairs.

Specific Needs

I am seeking help with getting benefits I deserve and grants, especially something to help my family with the purchase of a home.

The accident ruined my credit and my husband's credit, but I am hoping that there are grants and benefits that can help us with this purchase.

There is a home right at the end of our driveway that I really want to purchase.

Business Idea

I am trying to start a nonprofit website. It is something I have been trying to do for years and would really like some guidance on how to get it started.

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