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Single mom REACHes out for help paying utility bills

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Six years ago, Diane (name changed for privacy reasons) became the single mom of five children after a challenging divorce. She and her children then moved in with her parents.

"It has been really hard to get my ex-husband to pay child support," Diane said. "I've been kind of struggling since then."

Then her mother had a heart attack and needed open heart surgery. With medical expenses mounting, her father asked her to help him catch up on utility bills.In October, Diane went to REACH Pikes Peak. If it hadn't been for its help, the family would still be back on the utilities.

REACH has supported people with lower incomes in the Pikes Peak region through services designed to better their lives for the past 50 years.

"I feel like single moms have this stigma, and it can be embarrassing to ask for help," Diane said. "They can expect you to be a loser. I never felt like that there. It's always nice to know that no one is looking down on you."

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