Sharlet: A Repaired Accessibility Van Provides Help and Hope

Sharlet is a single mother with two children, a daughter, age 32 who lives with her and her son who is 28 years with special needs. Her son, Steven, was born premature at 26 weeks and 2 days. He is diagnosed as having cerebral palsy, and had a history of seizures but has not experienced one since 2001. Steven has been through multiple surgeries for G-Tube insertion, as well as for his hip and spine. He needs full assistance for dressing, bathing, and preparation of meals, but is able to eat and drink on his own.

Ten years ago, Sharlet found a way to earn money while supporting her son by training and receiving her CNA certification. She now works from home full-time as a care-giver and receives an income and benefits to support Steven’s needs. He can drive a power chair and attends adult programs regularly outside of the home through an organization called DDRC.

Sharlet drives a handicap van that allows for wheelchair access. She came to Hands of The Carpenter in need of multiple repairs for her van.

We’re happy to report that in late July 2020, Hands was able to work with outside partners to assist Sharlet and her family and get them back on the road! Sharlet is thankful to Hands and its vehicle partnership program, as she could not afford the cost of the repairs on her own.

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