Help Keep My Mom at Home

Please help me keep my 96-year-old Mother at home the rest of her days. We are on the verge of bankruptcy, care-taking has taken everything I have and almost all of what she had in savings.  I’m  a retired professional in the design field, I am an artist. I was an art director, and a product development manager for 20+ years. Though I have worked all my life, I receive less than 900 a month in Social Security. I get fuel assistance and state-funded health insurance. I was able to supplement my income after her first stroke several years ago by creating websites for a handful of people who know me and paid me to build and maintain their sites. I could work at home, help with finances and still be with her. But right now I have no new work, and my people are all set with the sites they have. I would be glad to work on a project for you if it would inspire you to donate.  any idea that you’d like to have an artist create for you, I can do, or find a way to have it done for you.

My Mom was a public school teacher all her life, and even continued to work, as a secretary to one of her former students, and as a saleswoman at Macy’s after she retired. She started working as a teenager, she was able to put herself through college to become a teacher, she always found different ways to earn, working restaurant and clerical jobs in the summer and teaching during the year. She continued working until she was 88. She suffered a stroke at 90-91. A second stroke at 93. A few less serious ministroke episodes also. The health regime is good and she's doing well, all things considered. 

She is truly a remarkable woman, and deserves to be able to live the rest of her life free of cares where she is comfortable and has the needed familiarity of the home she knows and loves. Our combined incomes can’t cover the costs any more. This is family property, first purchased by my Grandfather in the 1920’s. It is a valuable property, near the town harbor and beaches and a walk to the Main Street. This property has been part of our family as long as I’ve been alive. When I had to take over her finances, I realized I could not keep this property much longer under the financial strain, and though I regret having to face that fact we are house-poor, I have tried so hard to make it work and we are quickly running out of time. What I need to accomplish is to be able to keep her here, continue to live and care for her in her home for as long as she lives. Care-taking leaves me no time to get a regular job, though I have been able to find work both part-time and free-lance, but most recently I’ve not succeeded in finding something steady that I can fit in the schedule, it is difficult for me to be away for more than a few hours at a time. Though there are certain recompense programs for care-givers, we could not be qualified for various reasons, which simply means I can't be paid for care-taking. Barring a miracle, I will have to sell the property in the future, and the proceeds are not mine alone, but also my older brothers. He has a son with a disability and carries a load of financial responsibilities as well. We are a family in trouble, afraid of losing our family home during my Mom’s last years. Please help in any way if you can, I will be eternally grateful, and will gladly pay you back when the place is sold in the future. I will not forget any kindness given to me to help keep her safe and secure the rest of her life. Thank you so very much for any help you can offer, even if very small.


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Katherine Bloom 
Hyannis, MA
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