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This 38-year-old single mother is taking steps to overcome her addiction to alcohol and make a good life for her two children, including a teenager and a toddler.
Her caseworker said she is receiving treatment and has been sober for more than eight months. As her confidence has grown, she has landed a minimum-wage job and has hopes of going to college.
She brings home about $500 a month from her job and the family receives $200 a month in food stamps. She receives no help from the children's father.
They live in subsidized housing where rent is about $100 a month. Remaining income can barely be stretched to cover utilities and necessities.
The mother has friends who help with the children while she is working and she is happy to have a job, her caseworker said.
"She finds it difficult at times to provide everything her children need," her caseworker said.
Despite her hard work, there is no extra cash to buy new clothes for two growing children, a 13-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter who is big for her age.
The children need shoes, coats and other clothing to keep them warm this winter.
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