Tis’ the Season to be Thankful!

Iowa WIPA actually believes every day is a day to be thankful, but it is a good reminder for us to thank you for your continued support. It truly is a joy for us to be able to provide support and expertise when you are making important decisions in your life. It is equally satisfying when someone shares with us their personal story of success. If you have good news about using Social Security Work Incentives, or working with Iowa WIPA that you would like to share, we would love to hear it!

Please email us at kgibbs@driowa.org. Keep in mind that anything shared with Iowa WIPA is always confidential. No personal identifying information is ever posted and your story will only be shared with your permission, using your words.

Today we leave you with a story of someone like you, who benefited from utilizing Social Security Work Incentives. We hope you are as encouraged and as impressed as we are!

“I want to share with anyone thinking about utilizing the work incentives program how beneficial it was for me. A few years ago, I had no idea that there were options for people with disabilities to work and still receive benefits while planning various career and educational goals. I signed up with vocational rehabilitation and they helped me pay for school by paying 40% each semester which was a huge help. I was able to graduate through the University of Iowa while I was on the PASS plan. The PASS plan allowed me to continue to receive full benefits as long as I was putting away toward my PASS plan. My PASS plan included cost of tuition (for the other 60%), books, supplies, and transportation costs. I purchased a car and I would make monthly payments with money from my PASS plan. It felt great to know I was finally on the right track and working toward my goal of becoming a Social Worker, so I can help others who may come from vulnerable populations like myself.   After I received my Bachelor’s degree, I decided to continue on and obtain my Master’s degree. I was no longer on the PASS plan because I had completed my original goal, but I felt as though I had much more confidence than I did prior to the assistance of the WIPA program. Having the support and people who truly believed I could succeed was what helped me the most. I couldn’t be more grateful for all of the support. Now, I am finally working full time after almost 10 years, and I have worked my way off of my benefits. It made me feel safe knowing that I had the security of the PASS plan, and I wasn’t going to be penalized for going back to work and finishing out my schooling.”

Congratulations from Iowa WIPA!

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