Having exhausted all other methods of help, I come to you embarrassed yet desperate. It seems unfathomable that an unknown stranger could help me, and yet here I am asking, no begging, for your help.
My name is Donald Kolar, my wife of 24 years is Shari Kolar. We are both in our late 50’s, and, in the process of filing for Disability. My case will be going to court by the end of this year or first of 2020. I have already sent my final paperwork in and am awaiting my court date. Each of us has a Service Dog to assist us. I am a brittle diabetic with complications and have a diabetic alert dog named Ceska. Shari has Sirius, who makes it possible for her to leave the house due to agoraphobia and panic attacks.
Having no family able to help us we have exhausted our savings. We have applied for and are receiving Medicaid and SNAP benefits. Our application for temporary financial aid is in the works but had to be restarted after 2 months because one of my doctors did not submit my diagnosis on time. Meanwhile, having no money, all of our bills are 2+ months in arrears. We face eviction on 10/11/19 and our electricity will be disconnected on 10/10/19.
We had hoped and planned to have enough assets to get us through my disability determination and to an award. We underestimated and honestly do not know what to do. Being on the brink of homelessness and living in our van with New York’s winter approaching is a horrible position to be in. We have been told by the Department of Social Services to find a rental including utilities for around $650 per month that accepts 2 larger dogs. For weeks we have been scouring the area, newspapers, Marketplace, Facebook, online, and, even just driving around in search of “For Rent By Owner” signs to call on.
I have estimated that we would need approximately $6, 500 to cover our arrears. In addition we need help in obtaining toiletries, cleaning supplies, gas and insurance for our van, upcoming vet exams, shots, and dog food. We need these supplies to hold over until my Disability is awarded. Finally I am begging for help with shelter until I am able to find a rental that meets Social Services limitations, and, our requirements with the 2 service dogs. I realize that is an incredible request of a complete stranger. I would gladly discuss and provide proof of any of my requests. I am not so much asking for a hand out as a hand up to get us through the next few months so we can once again become stable and able to live within our means. With a humble heart and faith in the goodness of mankind, I thank you for your consideration.