The last five years have been marked by the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, and as a result many families have faced the prospect of losing their house.
Some have staved off foreclosure, while many thousands of others have not been so fortunate, leaving their lives upended and their children forced to adjust quickly to difficult conditions.
One mother wrote to Globe Santa this year to say that she and her 2-year-old son have been living for the last several months in a family shelter south of Boston.
Following a painful divorce last year, she tried several times to modify the terms of her house loan, but the bank foreclosed on the property and it was sold at auction, she said.
Despite the disappointment, the single mother writes that she has picked up the pieces as best she can and is working hard to build a better life for herself and her son.
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