Funded 09/08/2019
Self-Sufficiency Grant
Imminent Loss of Vehicle
Accessibility Equipment

Status:
Awaiting Funding

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Testimonial

This person has left the following thank you note:

User-submitted image -  Click to see real sizeI am writing to you with the most sincere and genuinely grateful heart for you were immensely and generously giving with your own heart has made it now possible that we will have the funding needed to get the very much needed work done to our SUV that makes it possible for myself who is a disabled mother with Multiple Sclerosis and my family to get to our daily destinations such as school and to work. I hope and pray that you will know that you are part of such a tremendous community that not only has reached out you�re hands to help us when we were down but you also reminded me that we truly do have such an amazing beautiful world that shines brightly in times of darkness. You will forever be a constant reminder that this world does care and this world needs many others such as yourself. We send to you our most sincerest heart that is full of so much gratitude for going above and beyond. For that we thank you so very much for showing compassion and making what we thought was once a lost cause to being shown that with love and care for fellow man kind we will truly never be alone. With the warmest of regards, The Butler Family



Mother of 4 With MS Needs URGENT Repairs on Vehicle That Houses Wheel Chair and Lift Equipment

My Story:

I'm half of a couple. I'm married to my husband of over 17 years, and we have 4 children together. Their ages are 17,15,13 and 8. My husband is our only source of full time income. He's a manager for a bank. Recently, I've become disabled due to complications from Multiple Sclerosis diagnosed right after the birth of our youngest child. Until that time, I'd been a nurse, but sadly, I had to end my career in nursing as I could no longer perform my daily job requirements due to extreme vision loss.

Since I've had to stop working, we've been living on a very, VERY strict budget as we are a family of 6 with only one income. Though I get a small amount of money from social security from time to time, we just don't have much money left over after we pay our bills, so saving for any kind of emergency is almost impossible for us.

Our family has two cars: a cheap used car my oldest children share, and a ten year old Honda Pilot van that's the real family car. We use that car whenever the whole family has to go somewhere, to buy groceries, etc, but most importantly, that van is the only way I can get out of the house because it has all of my wheelchair & ramp equipment. Without that van, I can't even go to my very frequent medical appointments.

Just before the start of school this year, the brakes on our van started acting up. We took the car to the mechanic hoping it'd be a cheap repair. It wasn't. The van needs all new brakes and rotors. Until we get those, it's not even safe for it to be on the street. It'd be hard for us to afford this bill at any time during the year, but we'd just paid for all of our kids' back to school supplies, and we just don't have the money to fix the van right now. Until that van gets fixed, I can't go anywhere, and we don't have a car the kids can use in case of an emergency. We simply cannot afford this and we need Modest Needs help with these repairs.

Receiving this assistance would enable us to stay current on our rent and other bills, which we obviously wouldn't be able to pay if we can't get some help with the van repair, which we absolutely HAVE to have. We don't really have any friends or family in a position to help us, so asking for this help here is truly one of the only options we had to turn towards. Its been a humbling experience to say the least because, despite everything, we've never had to ask for this kind of help before. Letting go of that pride and asking for this help is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do, but its given me a lot of respect for people who DO have the strength to ask for help when they need it. That's probably the biggest lesson I've learned in a long time. Thank you for that and for helping if you can.


As of 2019-09-08, this application has been fully funded!

This request for help was funded at the recommendation and through the support of Modest Needs' donors.