Mother Begins Funding Project for Disabled as B.C. Government Programs Fall Short

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Robyn Hoffman, a retired nurse, from Winfield, British Columbia is hoping to come to the aid of the disabled with her new Web site,

According to the Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance Rate Tables for Disability Assistance in B. C., “shelter rate” has not been increased since July 2002 however, the “support rate” was increased in January 2005.

A single disabled individual, who qualifies for the B.C. government programs, receives $856.42 per month. This amount includes an allowance of $325.00 for shelter and $531.42 for support needs. Since the shelter rate alone falls short of rental accommodation for most of the disabled population of B.C., how do they obtain the extras that the middle class working individual enjoys? Some have family, others caring friends or community groups who try their best to supplement projects like computers, specialized transportation or other "wish list" items and activities.

“What are they suppose to do?” asks Robyn Hoffman. There is provision for earning extra income of $400 per month without the government reducing their support allowance but, large majorities of the disabled group are unable to even perform daily living activities let alone be gainfully employed.

Robyn Hoffman, a retired nurse, from Winfield, British Columbia is hoping to come to the aid of the disabled. Hoffman understands the frustrations and roadblocks that are encountered as the disabled struggle only upon the financial assistance provided by the government. She has an adult son with Muscular Dystrophy who lives on his own in Kamloops, B. C., with the support of 24 hour care attendants.

Hoffman thanks Gerry Bakker of for his kindness and direction for her Internet “billboard-style” advertising site She took this initiative after seeing David Bakker’s site featured in the Kelowna Courier November 11, 2005. Philanthropic efforts are always a challenge, explains Hoffman, as in the past, she has been involved with fund raising efforts for the Canadian Muscular Dystrophy Association. After viewing Bakker’s site, she was immediately attracted to the potential of providing “extras” to the disabled in lieu of the $1 “pixel” space on her webpage. She envisions the site having the potential of being a resource to the disabled as a portal of interest and services.

Hoffman remains inspired by Ty Pennington and Oprah Winfrey who have networked effectively with corporate sponsorship for a wide variety of special services to the needy. “I am confident that my Internet site will generate participation from individuals and the business community who want to make a difference in the quality of life for the disabled,” explains Hoffman.

“Great results cannot be achieved at once, but as we walk- step by step.” -- Margaret Fishback Powers, author of the famous poem, "Footprints."


Robyn Hoffman

#7-3339 Clement Road,

Winfield, B.C., V4V 2M5

1-250-766-9234 Fax

1-250-862-4626 Cellular

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