Teen has classes and holds two jobs

Fam­ily

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - B Con­tact Ri­cardo Gan­dara at 445-3632.

Com­mu­ni­ties, a non­profit that helps find qual­ity hous­ing for low-in­come fam­i­lies.

This is a unique fam­ily, headed by Rowe, who as­sumed care for her brother and sis­ter when their mother died of a heart at­tack ear­lier this year.

“I wasn’t ready for this,” said Rowe. “It’s hard work, es­pe­cially when it comes to par­ent­ing Patsy. She’s al­most my age.”

Rowe gets good re­views from her sib­lings and is de­ter­mined to give them a good life, even if it means putting hers on hold. She was in her fi­nal se­mes­ter in high school and planned to join the Marines or Air Force when her mother died. She claimed guardian­ship of her half-brother and half-sis­ter. The chil­dren’s fa­ther is in prison.

Rowe is tak­ing two classes at Austin Com­mu­nity Col­lege and has two jobs, one at an af­ter­school care pro­gram and the other at a sports bar.

The fam­ily’s needs are great. LaRonda needs a car to get to school and work. A reader is do­nat­ing a com­puter to them, but they need In­ter­net ser­vice and a printer to do their home­work. They need dishes and gift cards for cloth­ing and gro­ceries as well as presents for Christ­mas.

To find out more about Rowe and her sib­lings or to give some­thing on her wish list, con­tact Foun­da­tion Com­mu­ni­ties, 4472026, www.found­com. org.

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