Help rebuild business after illness

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Raised by 11 people in 32 months

Years of health and financial setbacks leave me still struggling to survive. Help from kind people here and other friends helped me start to get back on my feet, but the setbacks continued so here I am again, hat in hand.
Chronic pain and depression hit hard after being forced out of my house last winter. Would be sleeping on the streets if it weren't for the kindness of friends letting me stay in an abandoned house, but still barely keeping the utilities on.

Then came the summer heat, which incapacitated me from fibromyalgia neuropathy. Couldn't run my computer when it was that hot anyway -- all it did was malfunction. Then the wildfire. Two weeks at a Red Cross shelter, another one at home with heavy smoke giving me migraines, and yet another shell-shocked into a long dissociative spell.

Was finally convinced to apply for disability over the summer, but missed a deadline during the fire so have to file an appeal or start over. Either way, it delays getting that through the hoops and red tape even longer. It's cold, can't afford to turn the heat on. not able to cook much with no stove, but at least there are food stamps so I can eat, even if it's rarely hot. Will soon lose the family heirlooms in storage too if something doesn't happen soon.

Subscriptions for my web work are past due, and need to be renewed so I can keep up work for current clients. Would always prefer to work for my money where possible, please check out my business site , and perhaps become a client yourself!

So, at the end of my resources, I thought I'd see if all of my volunteer work over the years during times of illness, injury, and underemployment carries any weight among the good and generous people here.

Timeline: March 02015 to Present

People in my community have helped as much as they are able, but few here are in any better shape financially. I need outside help to keep going.

Please look at the links below to give a clearer idea of my education and experience. Have worked hard and struggled to do the right thing my entire adult life. Ask me any questions you may want more information on.

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Marylhurst University Bachelor's Thesis

Again, am not looking for a free ride, just help to get on my feet and still looking for some stability for the first time in my life. Anyone who knows me knows I pay it forward in many, many ways on a regular basis. I still believe in miracles, and pray that the word will somehow reach the right person to help me keep the dream alive. Thank you for your consideration!

: If you or your immediate family has financial interest in the city of Cascade Locks, I am only allowed to accept a contribution of $25 or less.

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THANK YOU so much to the people who've chipped in! finally getting some utility assistance too. Still have a ways to go though to get things caught up. if a bunch of people only kicked in $10 or $20 each, it would add up quickly. heck, even $5 helps at this point while i wait for disability decisions to be made.
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goddess, i hate doing this again. another year of chronic pain and depression among the setbacks. am at the end of my resources again, and in the middle of disability application, which will hopefully make things more stable. so here i am, hat in hand, begging for help to get through while i try to overcome the setbacks before i get hit with another one. might just be the poster child for chronic traumatic stress. yes, there is a name for it now. if you can't contribute, please share and encourage others to help. still have work to do here in the gorge.
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The postcards arrived over the weekend, so have been getting my mailing list compiled to send them out, and then one more thing crossed off the wish list! Have never tried anything like that for my own business, but it's worked splendidly before in a different marketing campaign I put together. Spreading the word around social media and the chamber newsletter hasn't worked yet, and still waiting for confirmation of the GO Local membership so I can start networking there. Need ten people to hire me to have their web sites rebuilt! Even if you can't contribute financially to this campaign, sharing within your networks might finally reach the right person who needs my services. Thank you! Every time someone helps I am so humbled and trying to make best use of the assistance.

AND back to my car ... seriously, unless a miracle intervenes at this point, Butters and I are going to be sleeping in this leaky, mildewy, somewhat broken down thing with no heat or defroster in just a little more than a week. Here is a short video of the passenger side leak in a heavy rain from earlier this year:
The passenger side leak in my car
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Have ordered new business cards and the postcards for a marketing mailing, plus joined the Gorge Owned business network. Your contributions here are still going towards rebuilding the business.

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Raised by 11 people in 32 months
Created August 23, 2016
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Alysia Manring
30 months ago

Love you! Hope things start looking up soon. I wish I could do more!

Deb Weller
31 months ago

Good luck Deanna!!!

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