I'm raising money for basic needs so I can live independently.

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Why I'm using HandUp for my basic needs.

I am currently in a shelter (Mariners Inn) and have been for approximately 14 months. I hope to move into an apartment in the coming months.

About me.

I have lived in Detroit all of my life, 58 years, just short of my 59th birthday. I have recently experienced congestive heart failure and now I'm on SSI and can only work part-time.

My backstory.

In 1978, I graduated from Austin Catholic Prep, where I excelled in football and baseball. I went to work for Pepsi-Cola for 12 years, until the plant closed in the fall of 1990. During that time, I was fortunate to start a small family business (grocery store) which later failed, due to neighborhood deterioration and loss of market share. At this time, I experienced depression. I got myself together, went to driving school, and became a motor-coach operator with Greyhound Lines, Inc., until my health would not allow me to continue.

My goals, moving forward.

I plan on strengthening my heart and living with dignity from here on.

Other things I'd like to share about myself.

I love people, the outdoors, traveling and the highways. My proudest moment was becoming a Greyhound driver and seeing this beautiful country.

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