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Single mother escaped drugs, hopes to reunite with daughters

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.

Years of her former partner’s infidelity, drug addiction and emotional abuse took a toll on this 34-year-old woman who recently completed residential treatment. Striving to reunite with her older children, the Medford woman wishes for preteen clothing for her daughters and toys for her sons.

Occupying a transitional apartment managed by the Salvation Army, this mother plans to find work as soon as she secures day care for her 4-year-old and 18-month-old sons. With extensive restaurant management experience, the woman has been sober for six months. She impressed her caseworkers by never missing a counseling session and by maintaining her motivation throughout OnTrack’s HOME Program, says Eddie Wallace, the organization’s communications director.

As part of her recovery, this woman learned how to break free from a long-term, co-dependent — but destructive — domestic relationship. Her methamphetamine addiction over most of the past decade was a factor in her family’s involvement with the child welfare system.

Reunited with her sons, the mother wishes for some playthings to brighten their time together. The older boy loves anything Spider-man-themed, and the younger one loves tactile toys, such as puzzles and building blocks.

The woman’s 12- and 13-year-old daughters still reside in temporary foster care, but their mother holds onto the hope of bringing them under her roof again. The girls need clothes and shoes. Gift cards to Target would delight this family, for whom trips to the retailer are one of their favorite outings.

To help, call Wallace at 541-200-2402.