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After summoning the strength to leave an abusive relationship, Jessica found herself in a very difficult situation, but Community Action helped her to get through a tough time.

Jessica and her boys benefitted form Community Action programs.

Jessica was suddenly a single mom of two and she was expecting her third. Difficulties with her pregnancy forced her to leave her manufacturing job.

With no income, she was scared. She feared what would happen when she couldn't pay rent. She worried that she and her children would become homeless.

That's when she found Community Action, a local nonprofit serving low-income families in Washington County.

Through Community Action, Jessica received assistance paying her rent for a full year, giving her the stability she needed to prepare for the birth of her daughter and plan for her future.

Jessica also connected with Community Action's Healthy Families at, a home visiting program that provides support to moms during their pregnancy and during the early years of a child's life. Jessica's home visitor helped her work through the trauma of her past and plan for her future.

With her housing secure, she turned to focus on her income. Recognizing that Jessica wanted a job that allowed her more time with her own children, her home visitor suggested a child care business. Jessica jumped at the idea and began working with Community Action's Care Resource and Referral team at"d , their program that works with child care providers year-round offering support, trainings, and professional development to improve the quality of care for children.

Jessica received the training she needed to get a childcare license and to create a safe enriching environment for young children in her apartment. Starting a business wasn't easy, but she was excited and determined. And because of Community Action and its wonderful supporters who make their work possible, she had support every step of the way.

?When reflecting on how much her life has changed since finding Community Action, Jessica notes, "I am happy where I am right now. I can afford rent, pay my bills, and buy food."

After only two years, her business is thriving and continues to grow. Last year, with the increased income from her business, she was able to move into a larger house giving her space to expand her business and care for more kids. She is now planning to hire an assistant so that she can expand even further.

Jessica is so grateful to have found her true vocation as a childcare provider.

Jessica reflects, "I feel like I am a second mom to these kids. And I love that. We would not be here without Community Action."

Jessica is happy with her life, ' I can afford rent,  pay my bills and buy food.'

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Community Action is a local non-profit serving over 30,000 Washington County residents each year. They provide critical services to low-income families in the areas of housing, homeless services, family development, and early childhood care and education. Their mission is to eliminate conditions of poverty and create opportunities for people and communities to thrive. To learn more or to see how you can support their efforts for struggling families like Jessica's, please visit

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