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Dorothy has been a server and bartender for 20 years. She spends long hours on her feet, greeting customers, bringing food and pouring drinks. She likes what she does and has never been afraid of hard work.  

In 2007, Dorothy had surgery to remove an osteoblastoma in her spine, requiring a fusion of metal rods and wires. She was able to recover and return to work.

This year, she and her partner found out they are expecting a baby. The news was welcome, but the additional weight from the pregnancy has made Dorothy's back pain unbearable. She had to stop working and soon fell behind on her rent. Her daughter was born in September and Dorothy is now looking for work, but facing eviction.

Dorothy's landlord is willing to work with her and Quincy Community Action Programs on a solution, but the rent is $7,0000 in arrears. Repaying it will be difficult with the added expense of a new baby. Lend a Hand would help Dorothy repay the debt and stay in her home.

Source: Information for this story was provided by staff at Quincy Community Action Programs. Names may be changed to protect privacy.