We are....one teenage boy with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and a Neuro-muscular condition that is the best human a whole lot of people know, one full-time special needs mom with too long a list of physical disabilities (that the aforementioned teenager somehow thinks he couldn't possibly be a better human than), and the amazing husband/dad/human stuck trying to be the fully functional one....plus a few rescued animals....who FINALLY own our own house, but who need help making it the safe and healthy home we need.
After almost twenty years of marriage and almost 15 as a family of three, all our hard work has paid off (most of the medical debt) -- despite things going wrong that even the 40 year professionals on our team didn't realize COULD go wrong -- and we've been able to buy our own house with a whopping week and a half to spare before our deadline! Unfortunately, we weren't able to find a house that was already accessible to our needs, and between that and 2.5 months of delay in our Closing process, the transition to our new home has been a huge struggle.
There is a lot that we need to do to make the space functional for us. We couldn't apply for aid from grant programs that help with this sort of thing until after we owned the house, and the Closing delays also pushed things to a point when budgets were used up for the year, so our needs won't even be looked at until, at the earliest, the spring. In the meantime we still need a staircase chair lift, so I can access all daily-necessity parts of the house. We still need at least one outer door ramped, so I can get in and out of the house without help. We need a new HVAC system, because the antique furnace only runs at 50% efficiency, and I need to keep the heat jacked to almost 80˚ just so kiddo and I aren't incapacitated by the cold. We need an accumulation of smaller things, too, like grip bars for me, door hardware it's easier for our kid to manipulate, etc. And....we need help. Since the delays in Closing pushed our move to a time of year when hubby has even less time off work to help with anything, and a time of year when my ability to move is further impaired, the moving process has been slowed considerably. First, we hoped to be fully moved before Halloween. Then, we hoped to be moved by Thanksgiving. Now, we have to pray we can finish this transition before Christmas. In the meantime, we're now paying rent AND our mortgage, which is less than merry. The best gifts we can hope to give each other are a vaguely functional household, but we're having to pick and choose what we can manage to take care of.
Help would be very much appreciated, and every little bit really does help. If you can't donate, clicking the 'heart' here, leaving a positive comment, and/or sharing all improve our algorithmic visibility. If you CAN donate...ohhhhhh thank you! Donations can also be made via PayPal Family & Friends at [email redacted], because then nothing is lost to fees. I would be happy to answer any questions anyone may have about our situation and needs.
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love, Leslie, wife & Mom of the O'Donnell family
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