Gretchen Grace Hetzel, Cleveland, OH
2011 Cleveland Black and White Ball Recipient
Grace (20 years old) has been declared mentally incompetent to care for herself or make her own decisions. She lives on a disability income of $674, but this monthly allocation is set to expire because of her current residency at a mental health nursing home. She suffers from bi-polar with schizoaffective disorder. Because of the disease's ability to fluctuate, she is unable to monitor her medication intake. She has two goals: keeping her medication regulated and counseling/ therapy sessions to help her learn to one day live in a group home or maybe her own. Her long- term goal is to attend college and study psychology where she could help others who suffer from mental health issues. Grace is unique with a combination of being of a young age and suffering from this disease, yet has a high functioning IQ. The gift from Betterment will assist Grace with the purchase of a computer to allow Grace to take online education classes.
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