When Ashley, 24, was pregnant with her first child after living with an abusive ex, her mother wouldn’t take her in. Her father wasn’t around either — he had been in jail since she was a young girl. So, Ashley was forced to live in an overcrowded shelter in New York City with her young child. She moved to Long Island after finding Momma’s House in Glen Cove — a nonprofit that’s been operating since 1986 and is dedicated to helping young mothers in need. The organization provides mothers with the skills they need to be financially self-sufficient. Ashley stopped working because of her difficult first pregnancy, and is now four months pregnant with her second child. But this time, she says, it’ll be different.
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