Juggling a Long Commute and 2 Children With Disabilities

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 The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund recently featured this Children’s Aid story about helping Marlene Minto to make ends meet when her income did not rise to meet her increasing expenses.

Late one afternoon, Marlene Minto sat her two children down at the dining table and stood over them as they began their homework. A nurse’s assistant, she still had on her scrubs, with her ID card hanging from a green clip shaped like a frog. It was early into what she could call her second shift.

Ms. Minto had her son, Joedan, 10, read aloud from a book. Then she turned her attention to her daughter, Chelsea, 5.

“What’s this?” she asked, pointing to a shape on a page.

"Rectangle," Chelsea said.

"Yes," Ms. Minto said, nodding in approval.

Ms. Minto starts most days at 4:30 a.m., quietly getting ready for work and laying out the children’s clothes for the day in the bedroom they all share. Once her baby sitter arrives, she commutes for an hour by train and bus from the West Farms section of the Bronx to the nursing home in Baychester where she works. By 6 a.m., she is helping patients to bathe, dress, eat and whatever else they need done.

Click here to read the complete article and to learn more about the Neediest Cases Fund.