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Keeping Kosher on Food Stamps

February 27, 2018

It’s Thursday morning in Borough Park, Brooklyn, and Rachel, a 37 year-old Hasidic mother of nine, is preparing for Shabbat. Amid the sounds of chopping and her toddler daughter’s coughs, she explains that she’s been on food stamps for over a decade.

You're Not Alone: Parents With Mental Illness Share What They Wish They'd Known

August 03, 2016

Even with celebrity parents like Kristen Bell and Hayden Panettiere putting mental illness in the spotlight, there's no "What To Expect" for raising kids while struggling to stay stable. It can feel like you're the only one toughing out the chaos in your house and in your head.

Curious About Adopting From Foster Care? Here's What It's Really Like

August 05, 2015

Between their unfair reputation for being "bad kids" and the misconceptions many families have about adoption in general, many foster care children are still struggling to find forever homes. 

Depressed Dads: Learn About the Illness That Affects 1 in 10 New Fathers

July 01, 2015

Isolated from family and friends, Mark felt anxious and overwhelmed. By the time his son Ethan was 8 months old, Mark was having suicidal thoughts. Though he didn't realize it at the time, he was experiencing postpartum depression, which occurs in around 10 percent of new dads.

Not Boomerang Kids: These Low-Income Millennials Can't Go Home

December 14, 2014

One of the worst parts of being homeless, says Shatiera Freeman, was "the embarrassment" of boarding the subway to sleep. Following her adoptive mother's death six years ago, Freeman, a 22-year-old from Brooklyn, N.Y., moved between foster homes for several years.

Ceramics Program, Chipped Away, Retains Legacy

February 27, 2014

Once upon a time, there was a ceramics program at Wesleyan. The heart and soul of the program was a professor named Mary Risley, who joined the University in 1966 and stayed for 30 years. As the sole professor of ceramics from 1973 on (according to an Argus article from Nov. 29, 1995), she led the beginning, intermediate, and advanced level classes, channeling her great love of the medium and teaching into the program’s success.

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