As of 10/15/2011 this need is still needed and urgently.
Since 2008 we have been assisting a 41 year old disabled, formerly homeless woman from Knoxville, TN. She is featured here on our website on the DONNA page.
Right now, there are a few situations of which are becoming monumental for Donna and our assistance with her/for her.
We are in great need of monetary help to help her. 100%, 100% of any and all funds we ever receive for DONNA goes to directly help her. Always. Again, we take zero salaries here at Straight Ahead Outreach Inc.
Currently, Donna’s electric wheelchair, which is only going on 2 years old has broke down due to her going out in the rain with it. It needs repair, in order to get that repair we must get her to go to the doctor to be seen, so the repair company may obtain an RX for the repair. Yes, you need a prescription to get a wheelchair repaired when people are on disability. THAT in itself is a huge undertaking just to get her to agree to go.
Second, the wheelchair she has is designed for in home use primarily and she likes to go traveling around her neighborhood to Wal-Mart etc to entertain herself. The problem is, this current wheelchair does not have batteries big enough and they wear down too quickly stranding her. People have to be called to bring her back. It is not pretty. So, it is our desire in order to improve her quality of life, to raise funds to repair her current chair which will need a new control box, and to purchase a new Travel Scooter so she can go out without worrying about getting stranded. The new Travel Scooter would be approx $6000.00 and the repair of her current chair for her home would be about $500.00. $6500.00 total.
Third, since we are primarily in St. Petersburg, FL now i myself need to raise funds to travel to Knoxville ASAP, as i did last September to help with Donna. Haul her wheelchair to be repaired in Knoxville from Oak Ridge and numerous other things. EXCEPT, the goal this time would be to talk her into coming here to Florida, to be close to us and where we will place her in an Assisted Living Facility instead of the regular apartment where we have her now in Oak Ridge, TN. It is simply time for the ALF. We have been trying to let her remain as independent as possible as that is her wish. However, it is simply time for her to be in an ALF. Problem? She has already refused to move.
Once we have her in an Assisted Living Facility, she will have a whopping $54.00 left per month to get anything else she needs.
So, we need to raise funds for the following:
1) One Week Trip to Knoxville ASAP: $3800.00 – this includes the following
- $500.00 – Gasoline roundtrip and while in Knoxville. It is 700 miles one way. Plus mileage there.
- $200.00 - For Emergency Repairs on the road.
- $500.00 – 4 Commercial Tires for Mobile Crisis van as we have 3 damaged with screws and one with a sidewall tear due to the areas in which we travel in our outreach.
- $300.00 – Motel for one week in Oak Ridge, TN at the Super 8.
- $300.00 – Car Rental for St. Petersburg while i have the Crisis Van on the road.
- $1000.00 – This is for just in case i succeed in getting Donna to come with me to Florida but something happens on this end and we need to place her in a motel for up to a month.
- $1000.00 – This is for ongoing incidentals needed for Donna such as clothing, food, supplies etc. for six months.
I need to be able to go with this amount of funds in case i get her to agree to come to Florida. IF, you choose to donate, you may tell me specifically what portion you are donating to and if I do not use that portion, then we will gladly refund that donation portion back to you. For instance, if you donated $500.00 towards Donna’s Motel in St. Petersburg, FL and she does not come, we would refund that amount immediately unless you advise us to keep it for other needs. What we would then do is put it towards Donna’s incidental needs as she never has enough to give her quality of life.
Next, the Scooter Chair and repair of current chair. We need to Raise $6000.00 for this portion to purchase Donna a proper Scooter Chair and repair her current household electric chair so she can travel outdoors without worrying she will run down her batteries.
Folks, this IS Urgent please.
TOTAL FUNDS NEEDED GOAL: $9800.00
**We are aware this is a good deal of money, but it does take a good deal of funds to help each and every Friend In Need we help. Some take more then others and those disabled with physical and mental health disabilities such as Miss Donna has, it does take additional funds to insure their quality of life and to keep them calm.
WE THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
YOU ARE INVESTING IN HELPING SOMEONE ALONG THE PATH OF “TAKING BACK YOUR LIFE“