21. HELPED: Financial Help

I am need of financial help to take care of bills or to purchase a handicap-accessible van to transport my disabled mother and her elderly husband to doctor appointments.

Back in July 2017, I had to leave my home in Biloxi, MS to return to Michigan to become my mother's full-time caregiver. She has a history of falling and has been in and out of the hospital most of this year. Mom cannot be left alone anymore and her husband & I take turns staying at the house to be available to her, which does not afford me the opportunity to have a regular job.

Financially, the last several years, I have been a wreck.

In March 2010, I lost my home due to the recession. Moving into my car was my only hope & remained there for 4.5 years.

I left Michigan in December 2011 & headed to Virginia & stayed in a friend's basement. Employment options were scarce & after 1.5 years of trying to make Virginia my home, I headed to Biloxi, MS August 2013.

Shortly after arriving in Biloxi, I discovered a lump in my right breast. In February 2014, the Veteran's Administration (VA) officially diagnosed me with Stage IIIA Breast Cancer. After my bi-lateral mastectomy (March 2014), I began four sessions of chemotherapy (April 2014) & then 38 sessions of radiation (July 2014).

During my cancer treatment, I was still homeless & living in my car. My oncologist would not discharge me until I had a better living environment. The VA would not assist me with housing, so I remained in a rehab facility on Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS, until my treatment was over.

The VA finally made an "allowance" for me to receive housing assistance. They stated that since I did not have PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), MST (Military Sexual Trauma) or any drug/alcohol dependencies, that I was ineligible for assistance.

In August 2014, I moved into an apartment and remained there until July 2017 when I returned to MI.

As my mother's full-time caregiver, there are many doctors appointments in our future. A handicap-accessible van with ramps is increasingly becoming a necessity as Mom is having continued difficulty getting in and out of my Toyota Corolla. She has to have oxygen tanks, two canes and her wheelchair to leave the apartment.

Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!!

Thank you to Mother Waddles for helping with this need.