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Single mother works to get her family back on track after hit-and-run

Editor’s note: Light One Candle is an annual series sponsored by the Mail Tribune that focuses on an individual, group or agency who could use a helping hand during the holiday season. Once that need is filled, donations may be distributed to others in need.

This survivor of domestic violence and sexual abuse put her education on hold to heal injuries she suffered from a hit-and-run.

The 37-year-old single mother missed weeks of work and school after multiple surgeries. The 2019 crash totaled her car and left a financial hole from which she is struggling to emerge. The woman labors on a family farm, where she learned to operate heavy equipment “because you can never have too many skills to fall back on.”

Yet the Native American woman seeks affordable housing and work near Ashland’s Southern Oregon University, where she has been pursuing an undergraduate degree and dreams of getting a master’s degree “even if it’s just one course at a time.”

Her sixth- and seventh-grade sons love to read and won scholarships to attend summer camp at SOU.

The boys would delight in a sled, as well as snow boots in men’s size 6 and 8.5W, and cold-weather clothes in kids’ size 14-16 and men’s size small. They would love model airplanes and gift cards to buy books. Twin-sized electric blankets and a coat for their Chihuahua would keep the household cozy.

Warm clothing is indispensable for the mother’s work in vineyards this winter. She wears size 29/30 pants, size medium tops and women’s size 7.5 shoes. She also has medical needs that insurance doesn’t cover, including two root canals and glasses following an eye exam. Assistance with purchasing groceries and cleaning supplies would lighten the family’s load.

This family receives counseling with support from Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team. “For the first time, I feel safe,” says the woman, “like I have options and people who understand my experiences cheering me on.”

To help, call Susan Moen at 541-840-0904 or email jcsart@charter.net.

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