Faces of Need

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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Veronica: Down’s Syndrome Cannot Silence My Voice

I was born in 1997 with Downs Syndrome. As a teenager, I felt all alone. I was a wallflower at school, just trying to avoid the bullies who teased me. ...

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Sean: Autism is a Diagnosis NOT a Life Choice

Since as long as I can remember, I have been different. I really wanted to be more like my classmates—to be normal. But I just couldn’t. Eventually, ...

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Josette: We Must Free Ourselves from Domestic Abuse

For more than a decade, I was a victim of domestic violence. I stayed in the marriage because I did not know I could get help. But I was determined to ...

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Olivia: I am So Much More than My TBI Diagnosis

I was only 3 when a car hit our minivan from behind and drove us into a guardrail. When I was 10, my parents told me that I had suffered a traumatic ...

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Amy: I Won’t Let Cerebral Palsy Interfere with My Life’s Purpose

Twenty-one years ago, I was born 11 weeks premature and with Cerebral Palsy. As a result, I have been confined to a wheelchair most of my life. It was ...

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Danni: Medicine for Me or Food for My Family?

Every day, I have to decide between feeding my two daughters or keeping my MS at bay. That reality was almost unbearable for me. There seemed to be ...

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Raven: The Family Car Should NOT Be the Family Home

A few months after moving from Georgia to Loudoun County, everything had gone horribly wrong. We found ourselves sleeping in my car, relying on food ...

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Ann-Charlotte: The Madness of Teen Suicide Has to Stop

William was a friendly, goofy, and popular kid who was diagnosed as bipolar and ADHD. We did everything our doctors advised us to do. But Will wasn’t ...

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William: Every Child Deserves a Winning Smile

William was only 10 years old when he and his older sister set out from the only home they had ever known in San Miguel, El Salvador. They were ...

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