Monday, November 19, 2018
My mom works second shift, so my younger siblings and I are on our own most of the time. She has mandatory weekends, but even the overtime never seems to make a difference. I see the way she looks at the checkbook every two weeks after she gets paid – I cannot fathom asking her for extra money so I can eat at school.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Growing up, I frequently helped out at my hometown’s community pantry. Every experience there allowed me to build new perspectives. Years later however, I had let this part of me slip away. I knew it was time to recommit as a volunteer, but how could I get involved?
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Angela died of heart disease at the age of forty. Far too young to leave us just yet. Like me, she had diabetes ever since she was a child. We always talked about getting healthy, but, our busy lives placed barrier after barrier in our way to actually start exercising and eating right.
Monday, September 24, 2018
“Well…” he continued, “I also don’t want to get my new khakis dirty. These are the only pair I have and my mom already said it’s the only ones I’ll get for a while.” I just stood there, stunned. I didn’t really know what to say. Honestly, that hadn’t even crossed my mind.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
My teeth...they’re, well, crooked to say the least. On top of that, my gums are always so swollen and in pain, which is the biggest distraction throughout the school day. That’s if you don’t account for the distraction of my classmates who constantly tease me about it.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
“If I can do it, you can do it.” Mary silently thought as she looked at Savannah’s face filled with worry. She knew she could do this, because beyond the worry, she also saw a small and growing spark of desire—to beat addiction and find her own purpose.
Monday, May 21, 2018
Sometimes when I’d walk up a flight of stairs, I would trip or miss a step. I’d hear people whisper about how clumsy I was, which hurt my feelings. If only they understood how much I struggled to see...
Monday, May 14, 2018
It’s the news no parent wants to receive: your child was the victim of sexual abuse. Even worse, at the hands of someone close, right under your nose—an uncle, an aunt, a family friend, or in this case, someone even closer...
Monday, April 16, 2018
Elaine’s husband came home from work in a rage, as he usually does. He often physically lashes out, but this time, he didn’t just strike her once or twice… in all honesty, Elaine couldn’t really remember how many times he hit her.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Barrier after barrier, Kirstin fought for her financial independence with the support of Financial Opportunity Centers.