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Help David Live A Productive Life

$320 of $38.5k goal

Raised by 6 people in 46 months
Maurice Tangeman  COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

David has suffered with severe mental illness for 18 years. He was first diagnosed with Schizophrenia when he was 24 years old while attending college at Colorado Tech University in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was working towards his electrical engineering degree when he experienced his first mental breakdown. David was a brilliant student and most notably an autodidact who taught himself quantum and theoretical physics and the Russian language all while completing his formal education in electrical engineering.  At the time that this terrible disease took control of his life, he was working full time and taking a highly demanding class load. Although he struggled through his final years of college, he was eventually able to achieve a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. 


Over the years, the disease has progressed to the point where David has been unable to find work in his chosen field of engineering or hold down a job of any kind. David struggles day to day with Schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety attacks that come and go with varying intensity. David and his family have worked closely with behavioral health specialists to employ a wide range of pharmacological and cognitive behavioral therapy over the years, but none have demonstrated long-term success in controlling his symptoms or reducing his relapses. He has been in and out of state hospitals and treatment facilities during the 18 years he has suffered from this disease and it has come to the point where he no longer can live on his own. 


We have searched for many years for the right combination of therapeutic environment and pharmacological treatment to achieve long-term success against David's disease. Studies have demonstrated that those afflicted with schizophrenia and who engage in meaningful work experience are more likely to achieve improved medication compliance and have reduced symptoms and relapses. With these environmental and therapeutic characteristics in mind, our search has led us to the Hopewell Therapeutic Farm Community ( www.hopewell.cc) in Mesopotamia, Ohio. Although we are pragmatic in our expectations, we are also optimistic that Hopewell's innovative and creative approach can help David to achieve significant improvement and purpose in his life.


Hopewell describes the value of their community as, "The primary goal of a therapeutic community is to foster individual change and to eventually help people return to society and live a productive life. This is accomplished through a community of people (at Hopewell - staff and residents) working together to help themselves and each other. Residents learn from one another and learn to rely on each other - a skill that their illness has most likely prevented them from developing."


Who We Are: We are David's father, mother, sister, brother and extended family. David has inspired us over the years with his brilliance, compassion, and resolve. We want to see him reclaim his life, find meaningful and rewarding work, and achieve his long term goals of being productive member of the society. Please help us to help David live a rewarding and productive life in spite of this debilitating disease. Thank you and God bless!


How The Money Will Be Used: 100% of the money you donate through GOFUNDME.COM will go directly to pay Hopewell's daily fee of $275. After the first two months, David should qualify for financial assistance at a reduced daily fee of $175 for the remainder of his six-month stay. Based on feedback from the Admission Director, we estimate the total cost of his six-month stay will come to approximately $38,500. This fee does not cover David's medication or spending money while he is at Hopewell. Once we meet this financial goal, David's family and Medicaid will assist him in meeting any additional costs incurred from medicine and living expenses. We believe it will take several months to raise sufficient funding to send David to Hopewell, but once we achieve that goal and get him into the Hopewell Community, we promise to keep everyone apprised of his condition and progression.

 

Hopewell's Background:  Hopewell is a therapeutic community located on a 300-acre farm in rural Mesopotamia, Ohio. The community helps adults with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression and other forms of serious mental illness. The community helps residents believe in their own potential, develop the skills to manage their mental illness, and transition from Hopewell to a more independent living situation. Hopewell believes that everyone can experience success, find a life of purpose and feel hope. Hopewell's highly qualified staff creates an environment of caring and acceptance while providing first-class, licensed mental health services.

Founded by Cleveland native, Clara Rankin, and a dedicated board, Hopewell accepted its first resident in 1996. Hopewell is one of a handful of therapeutic farm communities in the country and the only one of its kind in Ohio. Hopewell is able to serve 40 adults, with housing in four residences. At any given time, Hopewell employs between 30-40 full time and part time clinical, direct care and administrative staff.

Hopewell's website: http://www.hopewell.cc/

Address:

9637 State Route 534, P.O. Box 193

Mesopotamia OH, 44439  

Phone: 1-440-693-4074

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HopewellTC

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Update 8
Posted by Connie Tangeman
13 months ago
We want to thank everyone that contributed to Dave's cause. Dave has been hospitalized for over a year and we hope we can make some progress to get him home. Please keep him in your prayers over the holidays and thank you very much for your support!
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Update 7
Posted by Connie Tangeman
43 months ago
Update: David will be leaving the hospital tomorrow to return home to begin his journey to prepare himself for the requirements to attend the Hopewell Therapeutic Farm Community ( www.hopewell.cc) in Mesopotamia, Ohio. We ask for your continued support by raising awareness through social media to bring this innovative and promising opportunity to David. Please continue to spread the word through Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media outlets. As always your generous contributions and support are greatly appreciated. Thank you and God bless!
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Update 6
Posted by Connie Tangeman
45 months ago
We thank you for the 58 visitors this week and the six contributions over the last two weeks to help achieve David's goal of attending the Hopewell Therapeutic Farm Community ( www.hopewell.cc) in Mesopotamia, Ohio.With your help and generous contributions, we are steadily working towards raising awareness through social media to bring this innovative and promising opportunity to David. Please continue to spread the word through Facebook, Twitter, Google , and other social media outlets. Your support is deeply appreciated. Thank you and God bless!

FACT: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has estimated that over 26 percent of Americans ages 18 and older "” or about one in four adults "” suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.
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Update 5
Posted by Connie Tangeman
46 months ago
Thank you! In just one week we now have 192 visitors and five generous donations in support of David's future at the Hopewell Therapeutic Farm Community ( www.hopewell.cc) in Mesopotamia, Ohio. Please continue to spread the word through Facebook, email, Twitter, and other social media. Thank you for your continuing support in giving David this invaluable opportunity to acquire new tools to manage this disease and the capability to focus his life in a new and positive direction. Thank you and God bless! http://www.gofundme.com/HelpDavidLiveAProduct
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$320 of $38.5k goal

Raised by 6 people in 46 months
Created January 31, 2013
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