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The Bottom Drops Out

OK, so we’ve been jumping through hoops for the past year getting Daniel ready to go live at Shepherds Ministries, a Christian run facility for the developmentally disabled in Wisconsin. We’ve applied for SSI, obtained guardianship, sent him for his two week evaluation (which cost $800!), bought all the required clothing, filled out the forms, and furnished income statements, etc. Daniel was introduced to his future roommates after spending a week with them and was told he could move there August 21st after one of the young men moves out and leaves a vacancy. He’s been packed to leave for Shepherds for over 5 months. We just finished his guardianship and emailed the lady in charge of the program, letting her know all our ducks were finally in a row and asked when he can move.

We received a reply from her asking if Daniel will get enough SSI to cover his living expenses. Suffice it to say we were not too happy with the question since we’ve been told all along his SSI would be enough and he does qualify for their off campus program. She asked if we could wait until next July! After assuring her we were not happy with her pulling the rug out from under Daniel, she said she’ll get back with us and let us know if she can find some low income housing for him. That did not sound very encouraging to say the least!

We are asking everyone within earshot or in this case, eyeshot, to pray that not only does Shepherds find a suitable place for Daniel to stay in, but that he does well in the areas in which he’s expected to be independent. Although he appears to be and is 18 years old, his abilities are in the 8-10 year old range. We had left the evaluating up to Shepherds, for we figured they had the most experience and knowledge in these areas as well knowing how much help they would provide him once he’s in their program.

This is not too big for God.

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One Response

  1. Oh! I know Daniel is disappointed! Praying everything will turn out well.

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