Family of 5 no longer has to live in a garage

Living with three teenage girls can be trying, even for the most patient parents. So imagine living with your family of five – including three young women – in a garage for more than a year. That was the plight of the Cedillo family, who watched their American dream crumble after Roque Cedillo lost his job in February 2008. Three … Read More

Home for the holidays is Hayward apartment for mom

Felicia Shavies managed to smile through tears as she described how a series of events that were out of her control turned her world upside down. Those events – the real estate downturn, getting laid off, injuring her thumb and even the NBA lockout – made life difficult enough for Shavies, 42, and her 17-year-old son, Jawuan. But the death of her … Read More

Edna Medeiros’ son with kidney transplant gets aid

Edna Marie Medeiros chokes up talking about how Season of Sharing – The Chronicle’s annual giving campaign – helped her move to a larger apartment so her son Antonio could have his own room while recovering from a kidney transplant. “God bless them because they changed our lives,” said Medeiros, an outgoing woman with a ready smile. “I didn’t have to … Read More