Mom on dialysis gets help with rent

It would have been easy for Agnes Faafiu to blame the persistent fatigue on her long commute, which required her to get up at 5 a.m. for the two-hour train ride from her East Oakland home to Sacramento to work scanning historic documents for the California State Library. But in July, the 46-year-old mother of seven suddenly started having cramps, … Read More

Family gains hope after mother’s injuries

Mary Trejo clearly remembers the day she suffered the injury that would leave her homeless and unable to work. In a simulated prisoner’s attack, Trejo was pushed to the ground. She was expected to regain her balance, but instead fell to the floor, injuring her knee and wrists.The single mother of three was undergoing annual physical training in 2011 for her position … Read More

Family has moved, but not moved on, after father’s death

The week before Thanksgiving, Lucia McNack posted a slideshow on Facebook titled “Celebrating the 8th Year Anniversary of Our Daddy’s New Life.” Tears fill her eyes when she thinks about the “new life” of her husband, Jerry. That doesn’t stop Lucia, 47, from dwelling on his old life: the one he shared with her and their four daughters, the one that … Read More