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"I didn't know what I was going to do from one day to the next," said Esther Eskridge. With the expenses that come with two little children — diapers, formula, toys — she found herself in need of help without knowing where to turn.
For Esther Eskridge, a single grandmother raising twin 2-year-olds, things aren't always easy. But she's not going to give up.
The family recently moved to an apartment in Jeffersonville and their home is full of love — even if sometimes things are a little crazy. But last fall, she wasn't sure how she was going to make it.
The children, Henry and Faith, came to live with their grandmother when they were 8 months old. In April, they turned 3. Esther said this was a handful, but something she was committed to doing. But when she and her husband separated last year, things got harder...
Esther has worked as a restaurant server for the past 12 years, but she said the nature of the work — long hours, always running, always on her feet — was becoming increasingly difficult for her. In addition, she has to work to make sure her pay gets the children what they need.
"It's hard," she said. "I make $2.55 an hour plus tips and you've got to buy two bags of diapers [for different sizes] and you've got just enough to buy one bag."
Struggling with bills and on the verge of losing her home, Esther got help from a New Hope Services case manager to get things straightened out and find the resources she needed. They also met weekly, talking about goals and next steps.