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So anyway, I am wondering what your thoughts are about ways that we can help, whether it is financial or something else.

In addition to public assistance, she should also check into "Ministries" that churches in her area might offer, as well as any help the school counselor can provide.

Breaking down each:
1) Every year our school sends out - to every student - a list of ways the community can help, how to get in touch with the agency or charity that can help that way, and if you are unable to do that yourself, how to get in touch with the school's counselor to assist you. She should reach out to the school her 2nd grader is in, and ask the counselor what kind of help she can get. The list published at our school covers everything from clothing and food to free dentistry, for parents and students alike.

2) Churches (at least around here!) sometimes have an "X ministry" that helps community members, where "X" is whatever a Member is eager to provide or a church itself feels strongly about. Sometimes that's something like clothing/food, but sometimes it's a car ministry that helps with maintenance, or someone that's excellent at navigating local/state government assistance paperwork to go with and guide an applicant.

The hardest part on each of those is asking, and I'm not downplaying how hard that might be for her to do. But they are probably the most immediate way for her to get assistance.

I also feel obligated to mention that child support can and will be withheld from disability payments - if the child's father is receiving those, she should check with her county on how to get that withheld and sent to her. Yes, it will be a minuscule amount....but every dollar counts.

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