“One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don’t have to hang on to an old dream that has stopped nurturing us — that there is always time to start a new dream. This week’s story is about a mother who had to find a way to make ends meet after her business went under. The product she came up with is now sold in supermarkets throughout the U.S., and is projecting nearly half a million dollars in revenue! ” — Marlo, MarloThomas.com
It was a moment Mary Molina never imagined she’d ever see. Once the owner of a thriving small business in New York’s Westchester County, she was now waiting in the lobby of the Department of Social Services. Children by her side, she was hoping someone would help her feed her family — if only they’d listen to her story.
“I got there just after they opened,” Mary recalled, “at nine in the morning. I filled out some paperwork and then I just waited. I read books to my two little girls. I made phone calls about jobs. But by the time 2:00 came around, I told them I needed to leave and pick up my other kids. That’s when they told me I’d have to come back the next day.”
“I had no money for the gas to get back there. So I took some silver jewelry and went to the pawn shop and got just enough cash to make the trip. And then, the next day, the same thing happened. When I told them I’d have to leave by 2, they told me I’d have to come back again.”
Mary walked out of the office in tears and called her church to ask if she could pick up some food from their pantry, to feed her kids that night. Her husband, Ernie, had been waiting outside and at that very moment, his phone rang. Minutes later, he turned to her and said, “It’s going to be okay.”
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