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A little more than year ago, Laura Smith had a steady part-time job, and was looking forward to a career in nursing. In just one weekend that all changed.

"I went to Atlantic City for Valentine's Day, and came back pregnant. I think my whole world went upside-down," Smith says. Smith's pregnancy with her son Jonathan, now ten months old, was complicated; at one point she required two blood transfusions. Shortly before she gave birth she lost her part-time job.

But then she found Borromeo Housing, a faith-based organization reaching out to young single mothers. Borromeo had room for Smith in its new space for young, homeless mothers in the Barcroft neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia.

Joy Myers is Borromeos executive director. "We serve two generations, because their child gets to be brought up in a safe, secure, serene environment," says Myers.

Borromeo Housing has been providing apartment living to young single mothers for two decades now. But Elizabeth House, where Smith lives along with three other young mothers, is Borromeo's first house, partially paid for with a $140,000 grant from the federal government.

Smith says places such as this one should give every single mother hope. "Just have faith, just have confidence you can do this," says Smith.

Borromeo also provides counseling services, education opportunities, and infant care and supplies to its residents.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

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