[Hpn] Woman needs support

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Tue, 18 Dec 2007 06:10:03 -0500


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Woman needs support

By Sanne Specht
Mail Tribune

December 18, 2007=20
EDITOR'S NOTE: "Light One Candle" is an annual series that focuses on =
the single need of an individual, family or agency during the holidays. =
Once the need is filled, donations may be distributed by agencies to =
others in need.


This young mentally and emotionally challenged woman's biggest need is =
for rent money until her living situation can be stabilized.

Homeless for several years, the 27-year-old suffers from autism and =
learning disabilities that prevent her from holding a job or caring for =
herself. In the past, she has stayed with friends or lived out of a car =
or a motel with her fiance.

The woman is like a child in many ways, but when she was tested for =
placement in a group home for the developmentally disabled, she scored =
too high on the cognitive tests. Her autism gives her a remarkable =
ability to recall facts, numbers and information, but she is unable to =
"remember" to shower every day or wear appropriate clothing.

On Valentine's Day, the woman gave birth to a baby girl who was placed =
into the foster care system. The young woman married her fiance, but he =
died from cancer not long after they got married.

At the time of his death, the two were living at Rogue Retreat in =
Medford. Affiliated with Set Free Christian Fellowship, Rogue Retreat =
provides transitional housing for the homeless and relies on participant =
fees to cover expenses.

The young woman had used her husband's money to pay the fees, but she =
had to move out in July after his death. In October, she was allowed to =
move back into Rogue Retreat because she had a Social Security =
eligibility hearing on Oct. 31, and there was reason to think she might =
soon have an income to cover her expenses.

The professional people and friends who attended the hearing believe the =
judge got an accurate picture of her abilities and disabilities, but a =
doctor who was scheduled to provide important testimony on her behalf =
was called away and was unable to testify. The final decision on her =
Social Security is now postponed until January when he can appear before =
the judge.

In addition to rent money, the woman could use a twin-sized comforter =
and gift cards to buy clothes.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 776-4497 or e-mail her at =
sspecht@mailtribune.com

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<P class=3DarticleGraf>EDITOR'S NOTE: "Light One Candle" is an annual =
series that=20
focuses on the single need of an individual, family or agency during the =

holidays. Once the need is filled, donations may be distributed by =
agencies to=20
others in need.</P>
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<P class=3DarticleGraf>This young mentally and emotionally challenged =
woman's=20
biggest need is for rent money until her living situation can be =
stabilized.</P>
<P class=3DarticleGraf>Homeless for several years, the 27-year-old =
suffers from=20
autism and learning disabilities that prevent her from holding a job or =
caring=20
for herself. In the past, she has stayed with friends or lived out of a =
car or a=20
motel with her fiance.</P>
<P class=3DarticleGraf>The woman is like a child in many ways, but when =
she was=20
tested for placement in a group home for the developmentally disabled, =
she=20
scored too high on the cognitive tests. Her autism gives her a =
remarkable=20
ability to recall facts, numbers and information, but she is unable to=20
"remember" to shower every day or wear appropriate clothing.</P>
<P class=3DarticleGraf>On Valentine's Day, the woman gave birth to a =
baby girl who=20
was placed into the foster care system. The young woman married her =
fiance, but=20
he died from cancer not long after they got married.</P>
<P class=3DarticleGraf>At the time of his death, the two were living at =
Rogue=20
Retreat in Medford. Affiliated with Set Free Christian Fellowship, Rogue =
Retreat=20
provides transitional housing for the homeless and relies on participant =
fees to=20
cover expenses.</P>
<P class=3DarticleGraf>The young woman had used her husband's money to =
pay the=20
fees, but she had to move out in July after his death. In October, she =
was=20
allowed to move back into Rogue Retreat because she had a Social =
Security=20
eligibility hearing on Oct. 31, and there was reason to think she might =
soon=20
have an income to cover her expenses.</P>
<P class=3DarticleGraf>The professional people and friends who attended =
the=20
hearing believe the judge got an accurate picture of her abilities and=20
disabilities, but a doctor who was scheduled to provide important =
testimony on=20
her behalf was called away and was unable to testify. The final decision =
on her=20
Social Security is now postponed until January when he can appear before =
the=20
judge.</P>
<P class=3DarticleGraf>In addition to rent money, the woman could use a =
twin-sized=20
comforter and gift cards to buy clothes.</P>
<P class=3DarticleGraf>Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 776-4497 or e-mail =
her at <A=20
href=3D"mailto:sspecht@mailtribune.com">sspecht@mailtribune.com</A></P></=
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