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A hardship fund forNicole Anderson

$600 given of $600 goal

Help Nicole Get Her Apartment

Started by: Felicia R Atkinson

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On February 17th, 2020, my 32 year old cousin's life changed forever. For whatever reason she made an erroneous decision in a confused state that she had to go to work and got into her vehicle. A few moments later, while on the highway, she suffered a massive MCA stroke on the right side of her brain. She collided at very high speed -- while going thr wrong direction -- into another vehicle but they were not injured. Her two boys were asleep at home while she was delicately removed from the vehicle and transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Both of her lungs were collapsed, her sole kidney deeply injured, and she sustained multiple broken bones and lacerations on the lower half of her body. All of this on top of the permanent brain injury she would go on to sustain.

 

Nicole would spend the next week of her life in a coma, and upon emerging, her battles were only just beginning. She was blind with regards to the left side of her vision on both sides, was in need of every other day dialysis, and was entirely paralyzed on her left side. Her recovery only made more complicated by the severity of the breaks sustained in her right leg which impeded her ability to fully engaged with occupational and physical therapy, though she certainly gave 120% regardless of the challenges. Furthermore, despite a continued presence of family at her side during the early days of her injuries, after about three weeks, she was only able to communicate with us and her children via video or phone calls due to COVID.

 

After several months of relearning how to do everything over again on HCMC's dedicated Stroke/TBI Ward, Nicole was finally released into a rehabilitation center in the northern suburb of New Brighton. As much of her family lives much further north or south of her, and because of COVID, she still was not able to receive any guests. Worse still, the social worker and other staff at this facility were pure garbage and consistently failed to follow proper protocols. She was not properly assessed for the level of care she would need upon discharge (MNChoices Assessment for BI, CADI Waivers, SMRT and SSDI applications submitted, etc.) and the social worker further told her it would be over a year to find adequate housing.

 

Oh, did we not talk about that yet? Nicole and her children had been staying with her partner, but the relationship was terminated shortly after she emerged out of her coma. This meant she and her children had nowhere to return to once she was released. Family has generously watched her boys since the accident, but after leaving the facility in July due to rampant COVID, she has had little housing stability and has relied on friends and family to temporarily house her.

 

In November of this year, by a great miracle, Nicole's name hit the top of the wait list at my complex. This is a building geared for people with disabilities or for seniors 62+ years of age. It is a perfect fit for her. And after a COVID exposure scare slowed from the process, we finally have a unit secured for her. It's hers. She can move in on the first of the year and call it hers, officially. There's just one small hang up.

 

Nicole needs $600 to pay the damage deposit and first month's rent. That's it. We have a short timeframe to get this done, but with your help? Nicole can escape the absolute horrid cycle she's been stuck in for the last year and get back on track, break out of the cycle of homelessness, get the services she needs to thrive in the community again, and be a mom again to her children.

 

Please help my cousin. We've all been through hell in 2020, but she literally only made it by the skin of her teeth. Thank you.

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