FROM THE INVISIBLE OBSTACLES SERIES

Moving Forward

AMERICAN CRUCIBLE, Part 8

As told by Arpine Babloyan
Photography & Editing by Ashia Ray

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“Knowing that I’ve moved a mountain – and that’s really how it feels – I am completely unfazed with anything.”

– Arpine B.

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Mother walking behind teen daughter at shopping center

Image Description: Bianca walks ahead of Arpine along the sidewalk of a sunny outdoor mall.

HOW FAR WE’VE COME

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RESOURCES FOR NEWLY DIVORCED SINGLE MOTHERS

When I was refinancing my house, there was a program called ‘Making Home Affordable.’ It helped us keep the house and get a little bit of relief from interest.
When I applied to that program, there was a free service referred to me called ‘debt counseling.’ In my case, it wasn’t working because my goal was to reduce what I had to pay on a monthly basis, just getting bills paid each month.
The woman I spoke to was able to understand my goal and give me great advice around where to look for information, things that I could apply for, and reassure me that the goals that I set were right for me. Often, you talk to companies and they only recommend the products that they’re selling even if it’s not the best for you – and that woman was just great.
Yes & Yes 5-Day More Money + More Happy Bootcamp (Free)
David Bach’s 10 Steps for Getting Out of Debt, by the author of Smart Women Finish Rich
The Divorce Center – Education and referrals for lawyers, therapists, mediators, career counsels, and financial planners
Financial Tips For Single Parents – Jennifer Wolf, via The Spruce
https://www.facebook.com/ArpineZumba/
Mother loooking at daughter in car

Image Description: Arpine drives down a tree-lined street and glances at Bianca sitting in the passenger seat.

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This session is from the Invisible Obstacles Series. Families in the Invisible Obstacles series provide a glimpse into daily life while navigating adversity. Names and locations of minors may have been changed to protect privacy. Permission & quotes attributed to Arpine B. unless otherwise specified.

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