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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This family of three lost all of its belongings when an electrical fire destroyed the house they were renting.
The family includes a 33-year-old single mother and her two children, a 13-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son. They are staying with friends while the mother works two minimum wage jobs to save enough money to get back into a place of their own.
The mother brings home about $800 a month from her jobs. She currently receives no food stamps or child support. It has been several years since the family had any contact with the father.
"She is trying to find a job that pays more," her caseworker said. "This woman is a worker. She hates to even ask for help. She is working two jobs, taking care of her kids and trying to get on her feet. She is looking for a small apartment."
When they can finally move into a place of their own, they will need some basics such as a sofa, beds for the children, and some warm winter clothes for the kids. The mother's main concern is for her children.
"She has a friend who may give her a full-size bed for herself," the caseworker said. "She doesn't care. If she has no bed, she will sleep on a sofa."
However, she would like twin beds so her children could each have a place to sleep. She is also concerned about them having proper clothing to stay warm during the cold winter months.
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