Help Nanette Avoid Losing Her Home & All Possessions
Organized by: Faye Melville
September 25, 2016
My 43-year-old sister suffers from both mental and physical disabilities. Her mental disabilities include bipolar, BPD, ADHD and a learning disorder. On the physical side, she has painful arthritis in her back as well as other health limitations that are of a personal nature. Life has always been a struggle for her. She is unable to work due to her disabilities and lives on under $13K a year which is super, super difficult. She used the last of all her money to move to Newark, OH in search of better and safer housing at the $600/month level and better social services for her mental health care. She has not had much luck with mental health care in Illinois, where the demand for care far outweighs the availability. Illinois is slow in paying Medicaid/Medicare bills and it's really tough to even find a provider that will take you. The move was not smooth and cost much more than she anticipated. She does not have the $600 to pay her rent that is due Tuesday and faces possible eviction even though she just moved in September 20th. The landlord has said that he has evicted people in the first month. She also does not have enough the $400 to pay Uhaul for the trailer she rented for longer than anticipated. They have her things in a storage unit right now in Newark, and if she doesn't come up with the money to pay them, they may auction off all her belongings as soon as next week. She has nothing to eat right now other than a large bag of rice, 2 cans of soup, some powdered peanut butter. I sent her some groceries a week ago via Amazon Prime Pantry, but most of it is gone now. All she has in possessions is what was in her car. Most of her things, including her bed, was in the trailer. She is owed almost $2K by Bob Rohrrmann in Schaumburg since July for a warranty refund on a used car, but they have been very difficult and unaccommodating. 2 months later, she is still waiting with little help from them after multiple contacts and pleas. I'm hoping to quickly raise enough so she can pay her first month's rent due Tuesday (I've asked her to ask her landlord if he will give her an extension till Friday, Sept 30th), the UHaul trailer fees so she doesn't lose all she owns, some food for herself and her pug, restore service to her phone (she has a temporary pay as you go phone right now since her normal phone has been shut off), gas for her car and help to move her things from the storage unit to her apartment. Once she is past these initial hurdles, she should be able to cover the monthly rent and she will have time to look into local food pantries to help out her food situation. She has only been in Newark, OH for 3 days. Also if anyone knows of resources for free legal help or assistance for those with disabilities in the Newark, OH area, that could be of help. My sister Nanette is single, has no children, very little family, and lives with her pug dog Bentley and 2 turtles. She is a very generous person and would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. She has donated her time to charitable causes in the past and helped out friends in need and national disaster causes monetarily when she really wasn't in the position to do so because of her own situation. If you know anyone who struggles with bipolar and BPD (borderline personality disorder) and/or learning disabilities, you know how hard this can be. Some people are lucky and can be high-functioning. This is not my sister's case unfortunately. I have never done a crowd source type of fund-raising campaign before for an individual but I felt I needed to do something to try to help my sister. She has never been in this dire of a situation before, especially alone in Ohio with what little family she has 6 hours away. Hope you will consider donating, any amount greatly appreciated, even if its very small.