A Fighting Chance: Shamekia and James

Shamekia and James live in Austin, Texas. As carpenter and welder by trade, James was working full-time and earning plenty of money to provide for his five children when he was laid off during the Great Recession. When James lost his

A Fighting Chance: Delores

It took Delores a long time to pull herself out of poverty. As a single mother of five children in Bryan, Texas, she couldn’t find a job and was barely able to feed and clothe her family. She relied on

A Fighting Chance: Alexis and Richard

Alexis and Richard were students at Texas Tech University when they found out they were going to have a baby. Their son, however, would be born with no kidney function and would likely have other severe health problems. Because the doctors

A Fighting Chance: Alyssa and Anthony

Alyssa and Anthony are both working full-time in Austin, Texas, but their jobs do not pay them enough to cover their expenses. They live in a small duplex with their daughter Phoebe, but struggle to pay their rent, utilities and

A Fighting Chance: Sarah and Matt

Sarah and Matt are living paycheck-to-paycheck in Austin, Texas. When their third child Cooper, now 3, was born with dislocated hips and crisscrossed legs, he needed constant care, several surgeries, and physical therapy.  Sarah was forced to choose between keeping


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