Hardworking mom had never sought help, but medical crises drained her savings
Ximena Rodriguez’s daughter wasn’t feeling well. She had a fever and was complaining of a sharp pain in her stomach.
It’s appendicitis, the doctors told Rodriguez when she brought 9-year-old Isabella to the hospital in June. They’d take out her appendix,
Single mom’s dream tripped up by volcano, Marin County housing costs
After singing her way through Drake High School in San Anselmo and making it through several elimination rounds on “American Idol,” Kelli Peterson moved to Hawaii to record and perform her own style of soul-reggae under the stage name Kelli
She inherited a house, then adjustable rates kicked in
Five days a week, eight hours a day, Karen Chaney stands at a Walmart cash register, working a full-time job at 67 to make sure she can stay above water financially and keep her East Oakland house.
“It’s hard,” Chaney said
Help after daughter’s illness renews sense of empathy
Year after year, Patti Medina answered the phone at the Oakland unemployment office. She filled out forms for strangers laid off from work.
Helping strangers was her job. She never figured she’d be the next person needing a stranger’s help.
Mom’s and daughter’s lives only got better after a help up
Life usually changes for the worse when you fall off a ladder. Not always.
For Dora Castillo, who fell from a ladder in 2002, things didn’t get worse at all. Even though she broke her foot, and even though she got