Today, at the age of 38, Stephanie and her daughter have full medical coverage through her job. 'And,' she says, 'we are completely free of the welfare system.'
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The design studio is a sight to behold: Lightweight sculptures hang from 20-foot ceilings, the metallic arms of silk-screening equipment gleam.
Despair runs deep. However, the human spirit is remarkable; hope runs even deeper. In each of the places I visit, there are people who have stepped toward the promise of light.
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