Every now and then, you meet “that” person. The one that has faced incredible difficulties, and despite the everlasting circumstances, lives out an extraordinary life. I’d like to introduce you to “that” person.
Mariam Paré is an extremely talented artist whose paintings are created by brushes held in her mouth.
At the age of 20, Mariam was the victim of gun violence. She was an innocent bystander to a shooting and was struck by a stray bullet. The bullet pierced her spine resulting in a C-5/C6 spinal cord injury, rendering her quadriplegic; paralyzed from the neck down.
As a result of her injuries, Mariam lost the use of her hands, but she did not lose her expression. Mariam taught herself to paint by holding brushes in her mouth and spent years developing herself as a mouth-painting artist. Today, Mariam is an accomplished painter celebrated for her colorful portraits and other multi-media work. She often uses her art to bring awareness to the disability experience.
After she became disabled, Mariam had no recourse for financial support. There was no insurance money, no settlement. She had not worked enough in her life to collect on social security disability. Since her injury, Mariam has had only the bare minimum of government support and limited help from family and friends.
Currently, Mariam lives, works, and paints from home in a tiny one-bedroom, apartment in Chicago. She has been in this humble apartment for over 12 years, and while it has provided her with many of the basics she has needed to survive, its limited space made living difficult.
In May, Mariam and her partner of 10 years have finally been able to purchase their first home. While the dream of home ownership is now a reality, the bedrooms, bathrooms, and entrances are not wheelchair accessible for her.
For the first time, Mariam owns a house. Now, we need your help to make it a home she can live in!
I have been in the home modification business for over 20 years and I am privileged to be able to volunteer my services and work with Mariam, to assist with designing modifications to her house that will enable her to live (and paint!) in a safe and accessible environment.
Currently, the home is not accessible. In fact, she will not be able to live in her new house until modifications are completed.
The preliminary designs have been drawn and we are currently beginning the process of connecting with builders and specialty providers, and inviting them to participate in the project. Mariam will be financially participating in funding the project, but her funds are limited and will not match the amount necessary to complete the project. We need to raise and additional $70,000 (Approximately).
The money will be used for the following home modifications:
1. Two wheelchair accessible entrances with automatic door openers
2. A new interior door from garage w/ramp allowing for entrance to home
3. Removing a hall wall for ease of access to the bedrooms and bathroom
4. Widening doors to 2 bedrooms
5. Constructing a small addition to expand the the master bedroom
6. Installing a ceiling lift system for ease of transfers
7. Creating an accessible bathroom w/ roll-under vanity and roll-in shower
8. Creating an emergency egress off the bedroom w/sidewalk to the patio
9. Relocating the kitchen island for better maneuverability in the kitchen
10. Flooring where needed
Any additional funds raised above and beyond our goal, will go to additional items for Mariam such as an updated art space (in the den) with accessible desks and easel, voice controlled smart home features, or any disability related supplies not covered through her Medicaid Insurance.
Please, I am asking you to consider participating in the Mariam Pare’ project. There are three ways that you can participate:
1. Give a tax deductible donation to the Mariam Pare’ project through the “Help Hope Live” charity
2. Donate a product or service necessary to complete the project
3. Share this information with someone that can help
Thank you for consideration! Call me if you have any questions or thoughts. Let’s make Mariam’s house her home!
President and CEO
The David Corey Company
***Your gift through Help Hope Live is 100% tax deductible (unlike Go Fund Me). It is also fully eligible for any matching gift programs that your employer might have. You should also know that Help Hope Live can accept gifts of appreciated stock or IRA rollover gifts, both which can have serious tax advantages for you. If you have any questions (including questions about employer matching gifts and gifts of stock/ IRA rollovers), Help Hope Live has a great FAQ page here.***
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June 24, 2021
I can't think of many more deserving!
June 23, 2021
We Love Mariam
June 22, 2021
Thrilled to help Mariam make her house a home! Please join me in this amazing opportunity!!!
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