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Disability Grants For Sherri With Multiple Disabilities To Get Housing For Self And Daughter

by Sherri Tackett
(Summerville, South Carolina, USA)

I'm a 46-year-old mother of three grown children and grandmother of three. My 26-year-old son is the one who blessed me with the three grandbabies.

Sherri Getting Her Life Together
Sherri Getting Her Life Together

Then I have two grown daughters. My oldest is 23, with no children and my youngest is 19 and also no children.

When my two oldest children were babies, my mother and father adopted them. Technically they are my brother and sister on paper. In reality, they know me as their mom, as I've been in their lives ever since they were born (well sort of).

Disability Issues

Well here goes. Do y'all have a few hours to read my biography? Just kidding on the time it will take to read this part, but it's a doozy.

Back in 2000 I was diagnosed with a long list of things. Get ready here it goes:

- Bipolar
- Manic depressive
- Panic attacks
- Anxiety disorder
- Agoraphobia
- Borderline personality disorder

Since 2000, I've been hospitalized three times for attempted suicide.

One of the times, I tried to kill myself by driving into a concrete pylon that holds up the bridges on the highway. My youngest daughter was with me. She was three at the time.

Well needless to say I'm still here and so is she.

I was taken to the ER though and my husband at that time (her father) had to come. We went before a state judge and my husband had to commit me to the Mississippi state hospital. It was not fun.

There were people there that were worse off than I was. It was scary. Since then I have been on my meds, but it has been a long road to get where I am now.

I had been fighting with Social Security trying to get approved since 2006 but never won. After appealing it each time, I finally won my case back in 2014, so now I am on SSI.

Financial Hardship

Right now being on SSI I only receive $708 a month and it just isn't enough to take care of what I need. This is what it does:

1) Car payment: $250
2) Car insurance: $150
3) Cell phone: $80, which I give to my mother since she has me on her account due to my poor credit
4) Rent: $300, which includes all utilities

This doesn't leave me any money left over for gas, co-pay for doctor bills, co-pay for meds and my daughter's personal items.

I usually have to ask my mother, but she's on disability also so financially it's hard for her too.

Income Efforts

I've pretty much used and tried every resource in town that's in my county. Where I live you can only go within the county you live in for help.

I've gone to churches, friends and family for help.

I've ended up evicted and homeless because of not being able to get the help I need.

I slept in my car for a week before being told that there was finally a room for me at the Salvation Army Women's Shelter, only to learn that I had to pay for the room.

Because of my SSI income, I was being charged $249 to stay there. When I told them I couldn't afford that due to my car payments and insurance, they suggested that I sell my car.

Specific Needs

My specific needs are as follows:

1) My daughter and I need a place to live. (Right now we are sharing a bedroom at my mom's place.)

2) We would need household furnishings to go in the new place. When we left my abusive ex-husband, we left everything behind except our clothes and that wasn't much.

3) We need some help getting clothes and stuff for personal needs.

4) I also have a prescription for me to have a service animal. Of course I don't have the money to get one that is trained.

So please if you can help me it would be great.

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Sep 18, 2016
The Workbook is next...
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hi Sherri,

Congrats on getting your story published. You can now access the Workbook, which shows you how to use your story as a springboard to getting the help you need.

Don Coggan

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