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“My name is Chris Eisted. I suffer from a very rare and debilitating disease called “stiff person syndrome” that effects all of the muscles and nerves in my body. My medical insurance paid for a power wheel chair for me but wouldn't cover the cost of a lift to get my chair into the back of my truck. So I was pretty much stuck at home with no way to take my power wheel chair anywhere. I missed out on a lot functions with family and friends."

“I was told to contact Mission for Area People to see if they could help me with the cost of the lift. I made the call to Diana at Mission for Area People and she jumped right on it and put me in touch with Phil at Amigo Mobility. Diana helped me by donating money towards the lift and Phil at Amigo Mobility, who is also on the Board of Mission for Area People, discounted the cost of the lift made it possible for me to get the lift I needed."

“Some people may think Mission for Area People only help people with the cost of medicine or food and clothing not that those things aren't important but in my case they gave me a chance to have a life and do things I haven't been able to do in years. Its hard to put into words how much I appreciate the help I received from Mission for Area People and their partnership with Amigo Mobility. But also I have to thank those of you that donate money to the fundraiser for Mission for Area People because without your donations it wouldn't be possible for them to do the things they do to help people each and every day. So we all need to get the word out to make sure they can continue to change lives for the better. They put the smile back on my face and gave me a life again and for that I will be eternally grateful.”

May seemed to be one of the wettest springs we can remember in a very long time. Some Laketon Township residents on Peterson Road were hit extremely hard. United Way of the Lakeshore reached out to Mission for Area People to be the fiduciary for funding to help families on Peterson Road.

Some of the families had to replace everything such as doors, flooring, furniture, and walls had to be dry walled, painted etc. One of the victims had the toilet out in the hallway until she could get someone to help with the flooring. I can’t imagine having to live like this for a couple of months. The good news is through the funding from United Way of the Lakeshore, the first family assisted received 3 new doors, sub flooring, carpeting and linoleum.

The second flood victim had to have a French drain dug around her house, the cement floors needed to be sanded, sealed, and then flooring laid down. Thank You United Way of the Lakeshore for your generosity and for trusting Mission for Area People to asset the situation of the Flood Victims in Laketon Township.

United Way of the Lakeshore