Lynn, 57, and a grandmother of two teens, was able to secure a personal loan for her new 2006 Toyota Sienna van which left her searching for funding for her necessary van modifications. Lynn, a Eugene resident, works at Lane Independent Living Alliance as a Services Manager. She suffers from two neuromuscular disabilities that effect balance, coordination and muscle strength. She heard about Mobility Unlimited through a presentation held at LILA by Susie Merrill, Client Services Director at Mobility Unlimited. Lynn was excited to hear that she met the basic criteria (working or in a job training program) and submitted an application for assistance with her van modifications. “My old system was becoming more and more difficult to physically deal with. Plus the lift didn’t always work- the situation was dangerous,” states Lynn. She had already secured partial funding from Voc Rehab for her project which was perfect because Mobility Unlimited requires that prospective clients exhaust all other resources available to them and must document such on their application.
On Friday, October 13, 2006, Lynn drove away from MPJ Mobility in Springfield with her new van and her new modifications. Lynn’s project is another example of how two agencies and a private party can come together to make things happen. Congratulations Lynn!