Help Me Raise: $500,000.00
Project: Renovation and Opening of GFC eServices: Clinical Learning Centre
Where: North Gower, Ontario (35 Minutes South of Ottawa, Ontario)
Who: Dwight Thompson, and other relevant members of the Campaign Team, such as Inez and Garry Thompson, North Gower, ON.
When: Campaign runs until its fully funded!
Goal: To build a Learning & Training Center for Social Workers & Allied Helping Professionals on site at our family home in North Gower, ON. We will renovate an existing building on our property with the funds collected, and some of the capital will be used to provide my parents with an addition that will stabilize indepent living, and turn a very dark situation into a benefit for everyone who knows what its like to care for aging relatives, and who live in rural areas where access to amenities is difficult, and the risk for mental health and social isolation is greater.
This campaign begins with our family story...
We live in a small rural town south of our Nation's Capital in Ottawa, ON. We are not unlike any other family who have health care, aging and financially related concerns, and our story perhaps is not as frightful as others would be to an extent. However, it is our story, and admist some bad luck, wrong timing, and the inevitable
In 2004, Mom went into the hospital for a routine "gall bladder" surgery. She stayed the night and upon arrival the next morning to bring her home, I walked into her room to find her bed gone, and the floor littered with medical waste and debris. My blood ran cold at that moment.
A nurse walked into the room, and recognizing me from the day earlier, told me I had to go to the Trauma unit, that was all she could say to me. I found the directions, and when I arrived at the Unit, I saw my mother, grey, lifeless, hooked up to a respirator and many wires. I froze. Two ER Physicians immediately started asking me questions.
I couldn't answer them. I just could not pull myself away from Mom. I felt at that moment I was preparing to say goodbye. She however survived, and spent the following six months living in our health care institution. She was diagnosed with an Aquired Brain Injury.
Her driver's license was revoked and she was no longer allowed to operate her small school bus for children. It was her only source of revenue at that time.
My dad's losses...
Dad continued on driving the school bus instead of Mom. This was maintained until 2011; when he took a massive stroke in our kitchen. Mom, because of her ABS, was not able to signal help in time. When the ambulance arrived, they admistered TPS but the stroke had done significant damage that it left him without a driver's license, severe expressive and receptive aphasia. This was all further impacted by a very pronounced memory loss in procedural memory. He was our mechanic, our electrician, our plumber and the guy who kept everything fixed. He was no longer able to work.
Financial Losses and restrictions on employment..
Both Mom and Dad had purchased a new, but used school bus, and had remortgaged the home to finance this vehicle. Now there were both unable to drive, and were left with a debt of approximately 140 000.00 (CAD) dollars. There was some good fortune, Mom miraculously recovered her driving knowledge, and was able to re-examine for her license. She was able to resume the bus route for the Ottawa Public School Board. She had to give up early retirement to do so. Even though Lady Fate smiled upon her, the economic toll of contracting for bus services has left a mark. I see her get up every morning to take only 3 children to school. The income has been reduced as a result.
My own losses....
I had just finished a long 12 years working towards my PhD in social work. Due to the stressors of our family finances, the health care and financial needs Mom and Dad had incurred, left them reliant on me to provide for them. They were not even ready, nor have yet to become, sufficient to live independantly into retirement.
Because of this, I lost my opportunity to complete my PhD.
The University I was attending had misplaced my paperwork that would have stayed my student loan payments for a year while in school full time. For one year I studied, worked out of my birth home, operating a small private practice, paying all the bills, including the mortgage, and trying to complete a PhD. My car died, and I had to purchase a new one. My referrals were very slow, and due to the increasing costs of living, rent, family expense, Mom and Dad, I lost my car. I got behind. I still am behind today.
Until yesterday, November 13, 2014...
I recieved a call from a women explaining that she worked with the Government of Nova Scotia. She informed me that my student loan had been placed into collections, and that I was being asked to pay my school bill in full, or find myself as the mercy of a major loss in income, and likely our incapacity to stay afloat financially. The university I had been attending had failed to file my interest relief forms commencing that year. The whole year I thought nothing of this, as I had copy of the faxed documents sent to the Graduate Office Receptionist verifying my request for interest relief confirmation. The school had always taken charge of filing the forms with the relevant agencies and it was observed to be the case for the past academic year.
I was dismayed to see that this was not the case.
I am now required to pay the full extent of my loan or incur some steep interest charges compounding monthly, loss of any returnable income tax reporting time, and tailoring of present income. I withdrew from the program as I could not afford the tuition, and my time was now being consumed caring for aging relatives, while keeping the family home stable.
However I am not discouraged. In fact, I want to make an opportunity out of these sour lemons, that will not only benefit my parents, but hopefully the surrounding region, and the professionals that work with this demographic abroad. As I had planned on establishing a venture like this, I had not realized any options for doing so. Until now, with the help of GoGetFunding and Your Support, You will help me;
Help my family recover so we can help another to recover as well!
FINANCIAL GOAL: 500K
The addition of living (laundry and dryer appliances and facilities being integrated on one level, will include a small sitting area.
Addition to Current Home: Renovations to the present home, to enhance the independence of my parents will use 25% (20K) of the revenue collected.
Main Project: GFC eServices: Clinical Learning & Counselling Centre
The remaining 75% of the collected funds will be used to revamp and renovate the on site building that will house the learning and counselling centre. We will be transforming dad's old shop into a modern training facility that will provide a benefit not only to those in need of assistance, but also to those who require more advanced training in clinical therapy outside existing requirements for credentials.
The Enabled Reward: A Further Benefit Brought to Others in your name!
The Campaign "Help My Family Recover" will be ongoing until the funds are fully secured. When these funds are secured, every donor who contributes 500.00 or more, our family will donate a modern trailor (A Fifth Wheel Jayco - 2011) each year, matching the number of contributions to CANGRANDS annual Kinship Camping Week. CANGRANDS will then select a Kinship Family to use the trailor for the week, providing respite and relaxation to a family and children in need. Your name will be provided as the Donar of the Trailor for that week in lieu of your contribution to this project. You will make grandparents very happy with this treat! And likely you will be providing a chance for some boy or girl to have the experience of camping with family and friends in a fun filled week hosted by CANGRANDS.
See www.cangrands.com for further information!