Cochran Firm's Helping Hands Blog

Sharing the Feeling of Home

Unaware of the conditions of their homes or lacking the funds needed to renovate, many individuals with disabilities as well as elderly individuals are often unable to maintain or access certain areas of their homes. Through Rebuilding Together, residents of Greater Cuyahoga Valley in Ohio can receive the repairs they need to live safely in their homes.

671440 strong_armsRebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley is an affiliate of the national organization and is known as the largest home repair and renovation program in the country. While they do not construct new homes, Rebuilding Together works with existing houses to assist residents in making their homes warm, safe and dry.

Currently working in Summit, Portage, Wayne and Medina counties, Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley’s mission is to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low-income elderly and disabled homeowners. To be eligible for assistance through Rebuilding Together, homeowners must:

  • Be disabled and/or 60 years of age or older
  • Meet the Federal Government’s HUD income limit
  • Live in a single family dwelling
  • Carry homeowners insurance

Free of charge to eligible homeowners, Rebuilding Together brings community organizations, neighbors and volunteers together to help improve housing through the following four (4) major program areas:

· Heat The Town – Provides free furnace tuning, cleaning and repairs to eligible low-income homeowners through partnerships with local trade organizations.

· Minor Home Repair Program – Offers minor repairs to homeowners in need.

· Safe at Home Program – To reduce the risk of falls or other potential accidents and/or injuries, Safe at Homes offers installation of grab bars, handrails and other equipment to ensure safety.

· Emergency Repair Program – Due to unforeseen circumstances, some repairs become urgent and determined an emergency. These repairs are generally completed within 48 hours of need.

Homeowners in need of renovations can be referred for assistance to Rebuilding Together by a variety of community organizations, service agencies, faith-based groups and neighbors.  The type of work and repairs completed are determined by the need of the house and the homeowner. Applications for assistance are accepted by Rebuilding Together on year-round basis. To determine your eligibility or assistance, complete an application or learn more about the program, call Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga County at (330) 773-4100 or visit their website at www.rebuildingtogether-sc.org.

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers, we understand that having a disability can affect an individual physically, mentally and financially. If your application for Social Security Disability benefits has been denied, don’t give up! Our experienced Social Security Disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve.  If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve.

Putting Potential First!

Obtaining access to quality care and safe, reliable and comprehensive services can be a challenge for individuals with disabilities and their families.  Well known for providing quality service and comprehensive care, Abilities First serves both children and adults with special needs throughout the Southwest Ohio area:

Although Abilities First began as a small group of parents seeking quality care for their children, it has expanded to offer a variety of services to assist children and adults with special needs in reaching their full potential. With over 50 years of experience, Abilities First has been the leader in providing services to children and adults with disabilities, developmental delays, language and cognitive impairments and other special needs.

Abilities First offers its services to clients throughout Butler, Warren, Montgomery, and Hamilton, Preble, Greene and Clark counties in Ohio.  Services offered through Abilities First include:

· Residential Care – Through two facilities, Abilities First provides continuous, high quality care to children and adults with varying degrees of developmental disabilities in a home-like setting.411998 preschool_girl_learning_3

· Early Childhood Learning Center – Welcoming both children with special needs and traditional needs, ECLC provides a positive, caring and nurturing learning environment where children are free to be themselves and develop at their own pace.

· Adult Day Program – By offering community inclusion, independent living, social and vocational skills, the goal of ADP is to enhance the lives of people with disabilities while promoting independence and inclusion of people with disabilities.

· Specialized Therapeutic and Educational Preschool (STEP) Program – The goal of the STEP program is to promote successful transition into kindergarten for children with Autism or those who are on the Autism Spectrum.

· Employment Services – Through the Employment Services Program, Abilities First helps youth and adults with disabilities find meaningful employment in the community.

· Pediatric Therapies – The purpose of Pediatric Therapy is to provide Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy to help children reach their potential and overcome their challenges.

· Summertime Therapy Program – Designed and led by licensed therapists, the Summertime Therapy program offers a variety of therapeutic programs to children with special needs.

If you or your child are in need of quality care and would like more information about the programs offered through Abilities First, please call (513) 423-9496 or visit their website at www.abilitiesfirst.org.

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers, our experienced lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and they'll work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If your child is under 18 and has been diagnosed with a physical or mental condition, or a combination of conditions, they may qualify to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). For more information about SSI or to receive assistance in applying for SSI or SSDI benefits, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security benefits that you deserve.

Need Child Care Assistance?

If you are struggling to find affordable, quality child care, the following program may be able to assist individuals throughout Michigan:Daycare

Finding safe, affordable child care can be a struggle for many families. Michigan’s Department of Human Services (DHS) offers assistance for child care services through its Child Development and Care program (CDC). When a parent, legal guardian or substitute parent is not able to provide child care due to work, education and/or because of a health/social condition for which treatment is being received, CDC will assist those eligible parents by providing payments for child care service. The amount of child care assistance received through CDC is based on the type of provider you choose, the area where the care is provided and the child’s age. To be eligible for child care assistance through CDC, families and/or individuals must:

  • Be a member of a DHS protective or preventive services case participating in a treatment plan
  • Must meet the income requirements
  • Be a licensed foster parent requesting care for foster children
  • Be a FIP applicant doing a required Michigan Works! Agency (MWA) activity
  • Be an EFIP Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient

For more information about the Child Development and Care program, call (517) 373-2035.

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve

Providing Quality Care

Are you looking for quality healthcare? The following organization offers a variety of services to those in the Baltimore, MD area:

269548 emergencyChase Brexton Health Services exists to provide high quality health care to individuals regardless of their race, gender, gender identities, religions, sexual orientations, ethnicities or economic status. Devoted to the belief of providing open and unassuming care, Chase Brexton offers a variety of services that honors diversity, inspires wellness and improves the community. Patients are not only provided with quality health care, but they are also encouraged to participate in understanding their case and treatments. Services provided through Chase Brexton Health Services include:

  • Medical Care
  • Behavioral Care
  • Dental Care
  • Specialty Services
  • Case Management
  • Pharmacy Services
  • Walk-In Services
  • To ensure that everyone has access to the healthcare services they need, Chase Brexton offers services to patients regardless of their insurance status. In addition to accepting most commercial insurance plans, Chase Brexton also makes their services affordable to the entire community by offering a sliding fee scale. The amount of discount available through the sliding fee scale is based on federal guidelines.

    For more information about the services offered through Chase Brexton, call (410) 837-2050.

    If you or a loved one has a disability and would like more information about Social Security Disability benefits or need assistance in applying for Social Security Disability benefits, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security benefits that you deserve.

    Keeping Families Together

    Often times, families are faced with hardships that are beyond their control. If you are struggling and need a helping hand, the following organization in the New Orleans, La area can help ease the burden of life’s unanticipated challenges: Family

    Armstrong Family Services (AFS) goes the extra mile to assist families in crisis by providing them with emergency housing, transitional housing, case management and mentoring services. AFS is a nonprofit organization that has stayed true to its mission since 1996. This organization strives to empower families experiencing homelessness by keeping them together and helping them to grow both personally and economically. AFS has developed a plan to help families become self sufficient by taking things one step at a time. They help these families go from having no hope to becoming independent and self sufficient, by supporting them and encouraging them every step of the way.

    For more information about the services and programs offered through Armstrong Family Services, call: (504) 899-2995 or toll-free: (888) 899-2995

    At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.


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