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Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.
04 Apr

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.

Mary was recently divorced, working part time, looking for full time work. Her power was due to be shut off on the very day she came to MOM to meet with a case manager.

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Mission:  Possible
23 Dec

Mission: Possible

Our families and individuals are up against what can seem like insurmountable odds. They will bring with them incredible courage and resilience, and we will be here to offer the help and hope needed to help them get through tough times. MOM has the privilege to distribute hope in times of darkness and in times of joy.

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Mary and Owen
15 Nov

Mary and Owen

Sometimes there just isn't enough to pay all of the bills, and she has to decide between shelter and food.

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Stability
01 Nov

Stability

A single mother of two children, Brenda was working at a full time job with benefits when she moved into her apartment last December. But when her daycare plans fell through, she was forced to miss so much work, that she lost her job.

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The Clark Family
01 Mar

The Clark Family

This past winter was rough for the Clark family. Megan’s husband suffered a major illness earlier in the year, and needed life-saving but expensive surgery and post-care.

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Achieving a Dream
23 Jun

Achieving a Dream

When I first met Anna in 2012 she was a single mother of three kids, living in low-income housing, taking college classes, and trying to make ends meet on almost nothing.

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Why I volunteer
15 Jun

Why I volunteer

"As a kid, there was a stretch where I remember watching cartoons on Saturday mornings hungry in our trailer in Charleston, Illinois. Now I ‪#‎volunteer‬ on Saturday mornings so local kids can have breakfast before their cartoons. ‪#‎giveback‬ ‪#‎keeppurposeconstant‬ " - MOM Volunteer

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A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
01 May

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

A client says thank you to the Seniors Program volunteers for beautifying her garden.

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Children.
06 Mar

Children.

Hunger and the threat of homelessness affect all aspects of a child’s life. Research demonstrates that adverse experiences early in life can have lifelong, negative consequences for physical and mental health and well-being.

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Navigating the Unemployment Claim
30 Jun

Navigating the Unemployment Claim

As a divorced woman, Joan* was hit hard when she lost her job to corporate downsizing about two months earlier.

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