Community Action, Inc. has been transforming the lives of families living with poverty in Greater Haverhill and the Newburyport Seacoast area for over 50 years.
One of those families is Marisol (pictured above, right) and her two boys, ages 7 and 13. At the beginning of 2015, after losing her job, her home and a sense of hope, she and her two boys moved into their car. A Community Action case manager met Marisol and helped her prepare her resume and apply for jobs. Marisol was hired as a medical assistant -- a job that paid $18 per hour. Working with a local landlord, the case manager was able to move the family into a safe, two bedroom apartment, near work and schools. Now, with a roof overhead and a secure job, the family has been given a chance to rebuild.