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Nick — The Only Food Your Infant can Can Eat is Not a “Supplement”

I moved into Loudoun County in 2003, and I have been a deputy sheriff here since 2005. In 2010, my middle child began having serious health issues. ...

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Keely — Persistence and Love Unlocked My Child’s Silence

My son Mason was 2 years old when he started to bang his head against the wall—all the time. I took him to many doctors and therapists, and they all ...

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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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Carol

Carol — Healthcare Without Barriers

I started my nonprofit career working with people struggling with HIV/AIDS. This work opened my eyes to the many and diverse barriers that often ...

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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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Carol

Carol — Sounding Board. Advocate. Cheerleader.

In 2012, I founded Crossroads Jobs to help people in Loudoun find employment. Our applicants are not affluent. They face tough challenges to staying ...

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Bo & Enid – Service Defines Who We Are and How We See the World

My mother and I founded a nonprofit to help new immigrants find their way through a system that can seem daunting to navigate. My mother had ...

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Charlotte

Charlotte — It’s So Rewarding to Follow Your Passion to Serve

I am the Executive Director at Blue Ridge Speech & Hearing. I love the fact that Blue Ridge can serve anyone. We work with newborns and elderly ...

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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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Lakshmi – Childhood Memories Sparked a Lifelong Ambition to Serve

I was in third grade when my family moved back to India. Beggars walked past my home every day asking for water and food. Since then, I have always ...

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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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