New York Times Neediest Cases Story: Trying to Give Her Family a Better Life Than Hers

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The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund recently featured this Children’s Aid story about helping Enid Cruz make ends meet to keep a roof over her family's head.

Enid Cruz was fed up. She was tired of seeing people fight and sell drugs outside her building in East Harlem. She wanted a fresh start not only for herself, but also for her youngest daughter and her granddaughter. Though she and her children had grown up in the neighborhood, she said, it was time to go.

“I wanted to try something new, and I thought I could afford it,” she said.

Reared by a single mother who had epileptic seizures, Ms. Cruz, 47, had climbed her way out of an impoverished childhood of public assistance and food stamps that never went very far, she said.

“There were times when we would have our lights turned off or there was no money to get school clothes,” she recalled.

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