so recently I had a horrible PTSD episode where my body attacked itself because of stress and now i need to see my therapist twice a week for the foreseeable but i can’t really afford to. each session is £30 and my paypal is here, if you have anything to spare i would appreciate it immensely 💖
this is getting a lot of notes but donations have slowed and i still need help, particularly because i can’t work at the moment while i recover. anything helps!!
ok babies same deal as before! if you want to help alma out and don’t have paypal, you can use venmo or cashapp and send money to me and i will send them in batches to them with my paypal. if you want a postcard include a mailing address! (should at least work for the us and canada) make sure your transfer is private and that you include who you want to give to. if you have any questions please reach out to me! if you give directly to alma’s paypal but still want a vintage postcard in the mail send me a screenshot of your donation. love to you all, let’s keep supporting each other!
🥝 cashapp: $containergarden
🫐 venmo: @inthegarden
SSI Restoration Act of 2021
i have never made a post like this before but i haven’t seen anyone here talk about it yet so i want to at least provide some links because this is extremely important for disabled people with or without benefits in the USA.
she doesn’t name the bill in the video but in the comments it’s clarified that the act referred to is the SSI Restoration Act of 2021.“The Supplementary Security Income (SSI) Restoration Act of 2021 has been introduced in both the House and the Senate. The bill would improve the lives of millions of SSI beneficiaries around the country, including over 2 million older adults who are living below the federal poverty level due to inadequate benefit levels, and often lose or are denied benefits due to outdated eligibility rules.” (link) - summary from Justice In Aging, an organization dedicated to fighting senior poverty“This bill restores a program that plays a key role in the security of millions of Americans. Specifically, it modernizes and improves SSI by streamlining and simplifying the claiming process, expanding the resources and income limits, and eliminating punitive reductions in benefits.” (link) - summary from the SSI Restoration Act Section by Section, linked on Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva’s website, in the social security tab
below is taken from the issue brief on justiceinaging.org regarding what the bill entails
• The SSI benefit rate will be increased to at least 100% of the Federal Poverty Level, adjusted annually, so that no one receiving SSI will be left to live below the poverty line.
• Couples will receive their full SSI benefit, totaling twice the individual rate, rather than a reduced marriage penalty rate.
• Low-income seniors and people with disabilities who can’t work enough to meet all their basic needs will be able to save up to $10,000 and couples will be able to save up to $20,000 for emergencies such as car repairs, new roofs, and other unexpected expenses, without losing benefits.
• Individuals will be able to receive up to $128 monthly from other sources, such as Social Security benefits or pension payments, without a corresponding loss in benefits.
• Individuals who are able to work will be able to earn up to $416 a month without being penalized.
• Individuals who live in households with others, including family members, will no longer be penalized with lower benefits through the in-kind support and maintenance provision.
• Individuals who transfer assets (even small amounts of money to a family member) will no longer suffer harsh penalties.
• Eliminate installment payment requirements and extend the time to spend down resources so that SSI recipients who have been waiting for months or years to obtain their benefits can receive the full overdue amount.
• Exclude retirement accounts from countable resources to allow people with disabilities to build up their savings for retirement and use those resources to pay for expenses in later life.
• State and local earned income tax credits and child tax credits will be excluded from income calculations in the same manner as general tax payments.”
here is the FAQ (also justiceinaging.org)
seriously, tho, shelters and rescues are being slammed HARD by kitten season this year. i mean, we always are, but this year seems extra bad. shelters are in desperate need of:
- Kitten Milk Replacer (kmr)
- Baby kitten kibble (like with the teeny tiny kibbles like royal canin’s babycat formula)
- Baby kitten soft food
- Heating pads (kittens need SO MUCH HEAT)
- Pine litter (baby kittens can’t use clumping litter because they try to eat it or it gets stuck to their bottoms and clumps up)
- Unflavored pedialyte
- little kitten pens (like the kind you keep kittens IN, not the kind you write with)
- feeding syringes, bottles, and nipples
- Fosters!!! this is probably the thing we need more than anything else, tbh.
This year IS especially bad. It’s not in your head. It’s a direct result of the pandemic.
(I know you know this, but I want people reading to really understand).
Basically, one year ago private nonprofit spay/neuter clinics, other rescue nonprofits, and TNR trappers were both more or less grounded, as their legal status re:essential services was up for debate.
When bog standard vet clinics were given the green light, regular veterinary capacity diminished because of their need to meet new safety standards. So you had
1. Basically zero nonprofit clinics
2. Basically zero trapping
3. Incredibly reduced capacity for for-profit care
And it got cleared up eventually. It was a confusing time. But remember when the lockdown first hit? In March?
Y’know, the start of kitten season?
The confusing “can we operate? guess we’ll wait and see. gosh you can’t even find a single spay appointment huh” time last year happened to correspond pretty directly to what is usually our busiest trapping season.
The kitten season we are seeing this year, which is SO BAD, and seems to be SO BAD literally across the country, is what happens when volunteers and underpaid animal rescuers take a single kitten season off.
All the kitten that were born last year that would’ve been trapped and homed and their mothers spayed were instead… left to roam and grow up and now it’s their first kitten season as breeding adults and as a result the rescue community, under-supported most of the time, is just completely overwhelmed.
So, hey, if you’re reading this: Go donate to a cat rescue or animal shelter. Do it right now. And you know what’s even better than donating? Volunteering to foster. It’s rewarding, it’s fun, it’s all the benefits of getting a cat or kitten without the long term commitment. And it will literally save lives. Every rescue we know right now would commit crimes for more reliable fosters.
And most rescues will help you cover basic food costs and supplies, so you don’t even need money, just space. (And that’s why, if you can’t foster, donations help! So that rescues can do that for their fosters!)
If you can’t foster and you can’t donate, at least boost this.
Help a local cat rescue. If we’re going to do anything to bring this problem back into even normal levels of bad, we need to be acting as fast as possible. This year more than any, rescues really really need your help.