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The Fight for Food: Struggling to Make Ends Meet

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.

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Regaining Perspective: The Value of Volunteering

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?

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A Better Way: Living Healthy through Reading

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.

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Eyes Wide Open: Taking the Classroom Outside

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.

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Smiling Again: How Dental Care Changed a Young Man’s Life

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.

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Finding Purpose: A Story of Addiction and Support

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.

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Shared Vision: A Little Creativity can Bring a lot of Clarity

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...

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Taking One Day at a Time: Supporting Our Most Vulnerable Victims of Abuse

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...

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Breaking Free: Helping Victims of Domestic Violence Start Over

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.

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Unlocking Possibility: Achieving Financial Stability through Financial Opportunity Centers

Monday, March 19, 2018

Barrier after barrier, Kirstin fought for her financial independence with the support of Financial Opportunity Centers.

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