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Holly Bloesser, 34, of Mather, CA

Holly Bloesser She is a single mother who battled homelessness, addiction and extreme poverty after following in the footsteps of her mother, who also struggled with drugs.

“I became pregnant and made the momentous decision to give up my unhealthy lifestyle and raise my baby differently than I myself had been raised. I abandoned everything and everyone I knew to start over,” Bloesser said.

Thanks to her tenacity, Bloesser has received her Associates Degree in Social Sciences. She is working toward a bachelor’s degree at California State University-Sacramento.

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