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‘Independent old lady’ shaken, but not broken, by Napa quake

Betty Grant has lived a life of adventure, from spending time with Elvis Presley — he called her “Bet” — to working as a professional dancer. At 79, she was proud to be living on her own in Napa, volunteering at the local … More

Agnes Faafiu cries as she talks about her family and finding out that she has kidney failure, Tuesday November 9, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. She received help from Season of Sharing, who paid two months of rent after she had fallen behind due to her being sick.
Photo: Lacy Atkins, The Chronicle

Mom on dialysis gets help with rent

It would have been easy for Agnes Faafiu to blame the persistent fatigue on her long commute, which required her to get up at 5 a.m. for the two-hour train ride from her East Oakland home to Sacramento to work … More

Mary Trejo and her daughter Maryana Brooks moved into an apartment of their own after living in a minivan for a while. Photo: Leah Millis, The Chronicle

Family gains hope after mother’s injuries

Mary Trejo clearly remembers the day she suffered the injury that would leave her homeless and unable to work. The single mother of three was undergoing annual physical training in 2011 for her position as a group counselor at Santa Clara … More

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