Pedro: “The cash assistance is helping me with the rent from the recovery house that I’m staying at now”
Pedro, 41 years old
I am disabled. I have mental problems and a drug problem so I truly need the assistance. It’s been helping me with things that I’m in need of, like for my medications. I need medication to feel better about myself and not hear voices and see things that are not there and for my depression and panic attacks. The cash assistance is helping me with the rent from the recovery house that I’m staying at now. Without the cash assistance where am I going to stay for some help? The recovery houses help people like me so what do you think is going to happen to those who are seeking help? Is the government going to deal with the aftermath when people end up homeless and hungry? What about the crimes people are going to commit because they’re hungry? The crime wave is going to get worse.
Benjamin, 41 years old
The GA has helped me throughout my ups and down. It has helped me to get in a facility to further my recovery. It has helped me pay for my medicine to better my health. There are so many ways the GA has help me and more then one way. If the GA wasn’t around I could not tell you where my life would be right now being a disabled person in recovery and can’t afford to pay for medicine, treatment, and repair for my chair. This is where the GA came to my rescue in my life.
Lisa: “GA helped me get my life back on track by allowing me to go into intensive out patient program”
Lisa, 52 years old
I was depressed and unemployed. GA It helped me get my life back on track by allowing me to go into intensive out patient program. I became employed and relieved of depression.
Regina, 52 years old
I believe that it [GA] is important because I have a serious mental and physical issue. I am about to have a hip replacement done. I need all the help I can get. I am living in a recovery house. I am homeless. I cannot work, I won’t be able to eat or live. Everybody needs the help it’s hard for someone to keep insurance. It’s just hard to survive without help. I take psych meds for bi-polar disorder. I also see shadows.
Klaudia, 26 years old
I have had GA for approximately 3 to 4 years. I’ve had it so long because my psychiatrist has declared that I couldn’t work, so I have depended on GA while I’m waiting for my SSI to come through.
GA has helped me in so many ways. Without GA, I wouldn’t be able to take care of my medical and mental health needs. I suffer from major mental illnesses, and having GA was making it possible for me to see the doctors, psychiatrists, and therapists. I am also able to get the medications I need on a daily basis. I really need my medication because without it, I wouldn’t be able to cope with life on a daily basis. GA doesn’t give a lot of money, but it gives enough for me to pay my co-pays to doctor’s appointments.
If my GA was eliminated, I wouldn’t be able to eat and I wouldn’t be able to see my doctors for my disabilities.
The goals that I do have for my future is that I would like to take my state boards test for cosmetology. I did already attend and graduatedEmpireBeautySchoolbut I never took my cosmetology test. Another goal I have is to run a non-profit organization for battered women.
I really hope you consider keeping GA because without it, a lot of people will be lost and it could be damaging to the community.