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October 12, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT
July 10, 2007 — To keep the kids out of the summer heat, the Silveys go to University Hospital, where they often spend afternoons at the Ronald McDonald House. Houberg meets them there to discuss their progress on negotiating a lease on a mobile home. She was working to get the couple about $640 toward a down payment through a Lutheran Family and Children’s Services program for families in dire situations. The Silveys have been without a car since Charlie recently sold the starter for their Chevy Blazer in order to feed the kids. “You want to be able to go in there and just do everything for them, but you just can’t,” Houberg says. “It’s so hard. ... If your basic needs aren’t met then you can’t do this, this and this. ...”

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