Wisconsin Telework keeps Larson Lawncare trucking!
Chad Larson started working with ILR when a benefits report was ordered by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). DVR wanted the report to address how Chad’s self-employment business would affect his disability benefits. Chad ‘s business, Larson Lawncare, has been in operation for 5 years, growing steadily every year. As part of the benefits report process, ILR assisted Chad with applying for a Medicaid program specifically for individuals who are disabled and working. Once Chad was found eligible for Medicaid, his health care costs as a transplant recipient were reduced. During one of the meetings, Chad mentioned that his current truck was having mechanical issues and he was concerned how that would affect his business.
ILR then described the Telework program that is for individuals who are disabled and self-employed from their home. With Chad having credit issues because of his medical debt, Telework offered him a lower interest rate than would have been possible with a conventional loan. Chad completed the application and was approved for the Telework loan just when his truck broke down; securing a new truck right away meant that Chad kept working! Without the Telework loan Chad would not have been able to continue working and expand his business. Currently Chad has 15 landscaping jobs and is starting to get calls from the community regarding potential jobs.