Faces of Need

Amado — Sobriety Gave Me a New Lease on Life

I was literally one day away from death when my adoptive mother rescued me from a local hospital in Central America. After high school, I moved to New ...

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Shirley

Shirley — I Will Live My Life with the Help of My Guardian Angels

I grew up in Loudoun as part of a large family. But, now I am fighting a battle with colon and liver cancer all alone. No one in Loudoun should have ...

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Latisha

LaTisha — The Key to Surviving Mistakes is Learning and Growing from Them

In 2015, I moved to Loudoun County to escape a bad relationship. I was 31 and had three daughters. At first, we slept in hotel rooms or at friends’ ...

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Alora with her pitbull

Alora — Living on Your Own in Loudoun Forces You to Grow Up Fast

I worked two jobs since the age of 15. At 19, I moved out. I wanted to be independent and self-sufficient. I began paying my bills and my taxes, but, ...

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Michoale – How Do I Tend My Children Once My Day-Care Assistance Ends?

After 17 years of addiction, I left my DC home with my 3-week-old twin boys and moved to a Loudoun shelter. After 3 months, I found a job—one that I ...

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Jaclyn – Undiagnosed Lyme Disease Put My Life on Hold

Ten years ago, I had a dream job where I was by all measure a top performer. But, I started feeling “off.” Eventually, I went to a long line of ...

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Greg – A Near-Fatal Stroke Can Give You Perspective on Life

In 2002, I had a stroke. I was rushed to the local hospital, where a renowned stroke specialist put three stints in my brain and one in my neck. ...

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Brianna – I Refuse to ALLOW Two Seconds to Define My Life

I was the victim of cyber bullying in 8th grade, and my counselor actually told me it was all my fault. I never realized how cruel kids could be. By ...

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Rick – Opiod ADDICTION is in Our Own Backyard

My daughter was 19 when she lost her mother to cancer. She was deeply troubled by her loss and turned to her mother’s opioid meds for an escape from ...

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Nery – Losing a Job with Four Babies to Feed is Scary

Shortly after buying a home for our family of six, my husband and I both suddenly lost our jobs. We were unemployed for a full 3 months. With 4 babies ...

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Cesar – Life Does Not End When You Flee to Another Country

Nine years ago, my family and I fled Venezuela when a dictator took over. I was terrified for my wife and two young children. So, I abandoned a ...

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Connie – It’s Time to Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness

If you met me, you would never guess I have struggled with mental illness my entire life. I have had a high-powered, lucrative career. I am married. I ...

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