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Family together

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 16th, 2013

Thrilled to have her baby Kooper home after 108 days in intensive care, Brandy Reagh, with 2-year-old Kody, left, still worries about how to keep a roof over their heads.

U.S. Census reports show that 7 million of the nationís grandparents have grandchildren younger than 18 living with them. So the fact that a local woman, her grown granddaughter and fiancť and four great-grandchildren share a home is not unique, particularly during this time of economic downturn. The schools, the Boys and Girls Club and other agencies see such extended family living arrangements every day.

The story of Lynette Kristine of Florence, however, is different in that she joined forces with her grandchild for mutual benefit: Kristine was dealing with an uncertain income and the young couple and their three boys were crammed into a tiny upstairs apartment with no play space for the children.

The solution: move in together. The couple would have a backyard and a safe place for their children while Kristine, whose main source of income is from pet sitting, would have someone at home when she is away. A disability has kept her from taking more than an occasional client for her other job, relaxation therapy, which includes massage. With gaps between jobs, she would also have help paying the bills.

The idea seemed to work.

For the complete article see the 04-17-2013 issue.

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