Stoking Her Children’s Creative Fires, and Struggling to Stay Warm for The New York Times

Natasha Mohammed has two daughters left in high school- Leah, 17, and Jahannah, 15. The two girls are the only teenagers left in their West Harlem apartment that haven't dropped out of high school. Divorced and disabled, Mohammed has always set high expectations for her children, accomplished through a mix of extracurriculars such as dance, theatre and arts along with help from Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers. Due to conditions in their building, and the landlord gutting the first floor to build a bar, Catholic Charities helped the family pay their heating bill last winter with a $270 gift.
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