Talia Scott is a single mother with four young daughters aged 9, 7, 6 and 8 months. Talia stated "Growing up, I was heavily involved in gangs and frequently getting incarcerated." This lifestyle caused neglect and instability in the lives of her daughters. Talia decided to change her lifestyle after her uncle, who was also heavily involved in gangs, was murdered in 2006. Due to a lack of income, Talia and two of her daughters have been residents of the Orange County Rescue Mission's House of Hope since March 10, 2007. Since being at the House of Hope Talia has reunited all her children together. After intensive research on the job market, in February Talia enrolled in the year-long surgical technology program at Career Networks Institute. She expects to graduate on February 21, 2009. Talia now recognizes the importance of an education to build a career and better life for her family. She actively volunteers at the West Orange Elementary school and during the summer she works with several different churches to feed the homeless. Today, Talia says "I seek chances I did not once care for, a chance to become a better person, a better mother and a contributing citizen."
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