Raising Awareness of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Every day, despite the challenges, people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) do whatever it takes to move their lives forward. HBF and our Official Community Partner, National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) celebrate their perseverance during the month of March, also MS Awareness Month.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. MS is unpredictable and no two people experience MS the same way. While scientists believe genetics and environment are both factors, causes of MS are still unknown. People affected by MS can count on the National MS Society to be a supportive partner throughout their journey with MS. In turn, MS Navigators work closely with HBF connecting people with MS in need of home modifications.  HBF has completed 49 work items for clients living with MS, with a total retail value equaling $165,474.

The vision at National Multiple Sclerosis Society is bold: A World Free of MS. In pursuing that vision, the Society’s mission is: People affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. To attain these goals, NMSS mobilizes people and resources, so everyone affected by multiple sclerosis can live their best lives. Lives elevated and independent!

HBF enjoys a special bond with the NMSS Colorado-Wyoming Chapter. When asked “Why does NMSS partner with HBF”, LeeAnn Bellum, LCSW, C-ASWCM, Director, Case Management responded, “As you can imagine, it is often difficult for our clients to deal with the reality of seeing their disease progress to the point where they need to use a wheelchair or other adaptive equipment. Not only do they face the emotional difficulties of adjusting to a new lifestyle, but this also means a huge financial burden for them as well. The HBF referral process is fast and easy, and client’s get help in a timely manner. Our Chapter always feels good about donating funds toward any project, knowing that the work will always be of the highest quality. We also appreciate the kindness and compassion that is so often exhibited by the contractors doing the work.”

NMSS is pleased to work collaboratively with HBF, and together we march toward the common goal of increasing independence and improving the quality of life for the people we collectively serve. Being Official Community Partners means giving people, like Ann L. pictured above, the opportunity to live their lives fully and on their own terms.