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Disability Grants To Help Bipolar Disorder Disabled Colleen Stretch Her Dollars

by Colleen Schroeder
(Jerseyville, Illinois, USA)

My name is Colleen and I am 37 years old.

I have one son who is six years old. I had another baby that I gave up for adoption, due to my mental instability.

Colleen Schroeder And Son
Colleen Schroeder And Son

I live in rural southern Illinois. I spent four years in Alaska with my first husband back in my mid-twenties.

Disability Issues

My mental illness was triggered by a traumatic life event when I was less than eight years old. It has only gotten worse since then.

I struggled throughout my teens and twenties. I was finally diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in my late twenties.

I have been hospitalized as a result of my Bipolar Disorder a handful of times.

I was approved for Disability in 2007 because I could no longer hold down a job.

Financial Hardship

I get $622/month for Disability. I also get food stamps and PIP for my utility bill.

My son and I live in a HUD home. I just recently re-applied for TANF.

My son's father does not pay any child support.

My son and I always run out of food stamps before the month is over and $622 doesn't stretch far after all the bills are paid.

Income Efforts

In 2015, I started my own doggy daycare/dog-walking/dog-sitting business. Unfortunately due to a series of mood swings and mental instability I lost all of my dog jobs and my business went under.

I then tried a work from home on-line job. After two days, I quit as a result of what the stress was doing to my moods.

Specific Needs

I am seeking grant(s). I need financial assistance in getting a newer used car for my son and me.

I need assistance with paying my water and phone bill.

I need assistance to pay for my counseling and gas $ for the trip to and from my counselor and psychiatrist.

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Jan 05, 2017
by: Colleen

Thank you for publishing my story!

Jan 01, 2017
The Workbook is key
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hello Colleen,

Congrats on getting your story published! In doing so, you've acquired valuable hands-on experience in responding to precise instructions, the very kind that you will encounter when applying for help of any kind.

You've now earned the right to 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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