Disability Grants To Help Stroke Disabled Mary Offer Special Housing To The Disadvantaged
by Mary Dennis
(Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA)
I am a 57-year-old female. I have been married for almost 33 years. I have three grown children, two sons (37 and 30), one daughter (28), one daughter-in-law and two grandchildren (15-year-old granddaughter and four-year-old grandson).
I am the Superintendent in Training for our Sunday School. I devote most of my time helping seniors, disabled and people re-entering society.Disability Issues
I was a preschool teacher from 2010 to 2012, when I had a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) mini-stroke in my classroom.
This happened just before spring break. I spent four days in the hospital, when they diagnosed my condition.
Thirty days later, it happened again in the classroom. Once again, I went to the hospital where several tests were done.
They found nodules on my thyroid. They turned out to be malignant (cancerous). I was devastated! My job as a teacher was held for 12 weeks. My day of termination was the day I had my thyroids removed.
All of my blood work was awful, my stress tests were abnormal, I was diagnosed with Syncope (fainting when standing too long), Crohn's/Colitis, Chronic Fatigue, Sleep Apnea. This list is what I can remember.
I filed for SSDI in 2012 and was denied. I appealed the decision. I had a hearing scheduled in April 2014. Thank God, I was approved!
My monthly amount is not what I was accustomed to. I had cleaned out all my savings with all the specialist visits, gas from Pennsylvania to Washington District of Columbia/ Maryland, prescriptions (13 medications, some two and three times a day).
We lost our home and a car. We're in the process of filing bankruptcy due to getting so far behind on our bills.Income Efforts
I am not qualified to work a regular job, since I'm receiving Social Security Disability.
I want to continue to help my community. I help seniors, disabled and people re-entering society (recently incarcerated).
I volunteer at two churches, (receptionist twice a month, food pantry three times a month.
I volunteer at a Boutique that gives all their proceeds to a local house for domestic abused women.
I have had local churches help me when I was waiting for my Social Security Disability.Specific Needs
I am seeking a way to help others who are struggling with things like job training, decent housing, nutritious food, proper childcare and clothing.
Employers need to give a second chance to people who have overcome addictions, abuse and hardship. And we need to teach the children of the incarcerated that their lives do not have to be the same as their parent(s). It's all about choices and opportunities.Business Idea
I want to help with housing (apartments and single family homes) for the homeless and recently released from prison are not eligible for government subsidies. Furniture, household items, everything a home needs. Families can live there for six months (no rent).
Tenants will be responsible for maintenance, cutting the lawn, helping their neighbors if possible. Job training, computer training, Etiquette classes, Job interview training, Dress for Success Clothes Closet. Once residents have graduated to independence, they can volunteer to help other individuals and families.