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OK, here's the scoop: My friend is physically disabled due to a work-related injury when she worked as a CNA, and her health is not very good at all. She is borderline diabetic and she was on the verge of having a stroke and a heart attack the day before Easter. Essentially she is very stressed about her and her family at the poverty level and about not providing an Easter for her family. Her husband left her for a younger woman, and he admitted in being with her because of her money. He is living better without any regards to his wife and young children's plight. They are still married, however. My friend cannot afford to pay all her bills and she and her family tend to go hungry a lot. I try to help financially but I am really to the breaking point because of other obligations I must attend to. They reside in rural North Central Florida, and I don't know what else to include so I can get more responses to my question. I am also looking for ways to self-help. Please help TY

Asked By: Maria Gallercia - 4/9/2007
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Answered By: A F - 4/9/2007
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Try to locate your local Office Of Public Assistance. They will evaluate your friend and help her with: Food stamps, Medicaid, Childcare, Occupational rehabilitation, and so on and so forth. they can take care of everything needed to get her back on her feet.
Answered By: poopinmypocket - 4/9/2007
 
first , how long ago was the injury - you said work related she could go after the employer for something... More
Answered By: slave of 12 Gods - 4/9/2007
 
Contact your local social services or a community church. These organizations will be more than happy to help you.
Answered By: mJc - 4/9/2007
 
Maria. She needs to go to the DSS office (Department of Social Services). There are also some other places she can get help for her needs. However. I am intrigued by the fact that she has not gotten help by now... More
Answered By: Mr. D. Wiccan - 4/9/2007
 
email the office of Jeb Bush for help getting to the right dept forhelp. Jeb Bush is the gov of Florida.
Answered By: Bob M - 4/9/2007
 
There are several government programs. The first place to check for a list of people and programs in her area would be the United Way. United Way usually has money towards the first of the month available to help with rent or utilities and can direct you to other groups that might be of assistance. In Texas there is... More
Answered By: ginger c - 4/9/2007
 
welfare?
Answered By: imputh - 4/9/2007
 
Well : you can " Volunteer with an local Orginization where they'd Sponsor Special People yes& according towards those needs would help your Friend also called (Access Transportations Service done by City Bus any way talk with with them and ask Family Doctor about Curb- Curb Program !"
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Answered By: toddk57@sbcglobal.net - 4/9/2007
 
Suggestions to seek out the local social workers through the Dept. of Social Services or Dept. of Children and Families are a wise start. Also follow up on church benevolence programs and other United Way funded charities as well as Social Security Disability. One good thing about following through with public... More
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Answered By: Jennifer S - 4/9/2007
 
All States offer assistance to people who are disabled, She need to go to the Social Security office and they will be able to help with assistance with medical and health also look into programs that provide assistance to people with disability's who can't or barley take care of them selves... More
Answered By: Just me! - 4/9/2007
 
Tell her to apply to Social Services (welfare). She will get help. Also to local churches or charitable organizations. Tell her to phone the local government office and ask them what assistance they can offer someone in her position - especially for re-training for a possible job... More
Answered By: concernedjean - 4/9/2007
 
... unsure who maybe help ... ... maybe past work friends ... ^^ ... maybe parents or relatives ... ^^ ... maybe soup kitchen or food bank or church or synagogue or m o s k ... ^^ ... maybe teachers or friends or elders or police ... ^^ ... Easter and church is free ... ^^ ... you're welcome ...
Answered By: bbdaiwbahcahtce - 4/10/2007
 
Maria, I want to help. I have been making care packages for families like hers and want to help. We have kids clothing we would like to donate and would like to send her some dry goods to help feed her kids. Contact me, please... More
Answered By: MrsZ - 4/10/2007
 
Is the bum that split paying child support/ Does he have a job? The state of Florida can and will garnish his check. This need not go on another day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Answered By: p h - 4/10/2007
 
Call up different churches, go to social services, any human resources should be able to help you. Try salvation army, red cross andy where you can think of.
Answered By: ann m - 4/10/2007
 
call your local health department. they should have some programs for your friend.
Answered By: jackholmes321 - 4/10/2007
 
I have a couple of thoughts as I have been challenged to help in this way also... More
Answered By: Durchai - 4/13/2007
 
Well first I will be praying for her of course. Can she qualify for SS? She could probably get housing assistance and medicaid. You need to have her contact social services in her community. Jesus is Lord
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Answered By: carpentershammerer - 4/16/2007
 
dial 211 on the telephone or www.211.org or www.infoline.org on the internet there is a whole list of resourses there
Answered By: summertime - 4/17/2007
 
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