Reen

Reen from Berwick, ME

With the accessibility tools on a laptop, I can thrive in work and life!

My old laptop broke. It was an essential tool for me to access the resources I need, and work as a counselor for others. With help I can replace it.

Updates

Thank you from Reen Apr 5, 2021

So thankful I no longer have to worry about my laptop crashing during a zoom with my therapist, psych providers, medical supports including for diabetes and cancer. Today I have what I need to facilitate the cancer support group in an hour and I can physically do more for the clubhouse from my home. These are just a few needs that are being met with such a generous financial gift of a new laptop. This support from the Benevolent funding is so much appreciated. I could list for days how I can stay active and connected.

Overview

I am a 55 year old woman who has worked with adults with developmental disabilities in health and human services while also experiencing my own mental illness. I have taken breaks from work to deal with this and in the meantime have developed other health problems including cancer diagnoses.

My goal is to return to working with people with developmental disabilities. I want to focus on wellness in the hopes that I can contribute to being part of something powerful that brings laughter and smiles to those with whom I am working. This helps me to feel better about myself too. I want to continue to help people feel empowered and good about themselves despite their challenges.

I need a new laptop because my old one got damaged and is no longer working efficiently and cannot be repaired. This is an essential tool for me especially during covid as I am high risk and cannot leave my home. I need a computer with accessibility features to access health portals for telehealth for 14 different providers (including some who are 80 miles away in Boston); also for connecting to Seacoast Pathways, an essential support system; for grocery shopping; for support groups including cancer supports; wellness education programs; and to scan/send documents through email. My husband also has severe medical needs so we frequently need to submit documentation and signatures expediently, and using the mail is inadequate.

Meeting this need will help me because I will be able to arrange changes that I am unable to do in person, such as new housing in a safe environment. Accessing the communication tools on the laptop means that I can connect with and see my supportive family and my friends. This helps me battle depression and the isolation I feel due to COVID. Because of my low vision, the accessibility tools on the computer mean that I can accommodate my vision disability.

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Ann

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Validated by Ann from Granite Pathways (What does this mean?)

I have known Reen for two years. She is a bright, intelligent, hardworking person who never gives up despite unforeseen challenges. Her sense of humor is infectious and a great coping skill! Reen contributes greatly to our mental health recovery program by encouraging and inspiring others to engage in activities to help with healing and to make progress. A new laptop will help Reen with her myriad communication needs and keep her connected, but it will also help our program because her involvement and leadership are key to other members' success.

About Ann

I am the Director of Seacoast Pathways, a mental health recovery clubhouse in Portsmouth, NH. My work involves bringing the powerful clubhouse model of recovery to individuals in our community with mental illness who want to get out of isolation, make friends, and find purpose in their lives. … Read more

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