My name is Randall and this is my 25 year old nephew Derek. Derek is blind and Autistic.. He loves Teletubbies, sound tracks, The Chipmunks, and the movie Cave Man. Last year, my mom was diagnosed with cancer, and at that time I took on the responsibility of caring for him. When I got custody of him, he moved into my tiny one bedroom apartment with me. It wasn’t long before I knew we needed something bigger. Around this time we also found out that my mom’s cancer was terminal. Our lease on that apartment expired. Both Derek and I are on Social Security Disability and have fixed incomes. Taking care of someone with special needs has turned out to be a much bigger and more expensive job than I had originally expected. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our lives were in chaos as we frantically found a place to move into to continue our transition. Over the past year I have officially become Derek’s guardian and learned how to best care for his every need. Adjusting to the financial responsibility of caring for 2 people instead of one as well as addressing his special needs has been challenging. Since then it has become less of a responsibility and more of a labor of love. His needs and well being come well before my own. I love him like he is my own son. As we adjusted to our new living situation, obtaining custody and handling the finances for both of us, I realized that we can barely afford the place we are living in now and it does not accommodate his specific needs anyway. There is barely enough money to cover household bills and food each month. I am in the process of saving money to afford the first month’s rent and the deposit on a new place by April, when the lease is up on this house. However, due to the limits of our income, I cannot manage to pay for the additional costs associated with a move. I believe I will be able to save up $400 or so toward the move. I do not drive or have a car and am disabled myself, so I require help with the actual move itself. I would appreciate any help you can provide to get us closer to moving into a place that better suits his needs and our monthly income. Here is a breakdown of the costs involved in our move.
First month’s rent-$650
Gas for the truck-$150
Thank you for any help you can provide as well as for your kind consideration.