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Updated: 12/12/2017 08:30:01AM

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SUN PHOTO BY TOM O'NEILL

Pamela Malik, left, from Children's Network of Southwest Florida, explains benefits to client Shy-Khia Walker and her financial mentor, Cynthia Lamont-Wint during their initial visit to Walker's Port Charlotte home. Walker's 3-month-old son, Ra'el, sleeps in his baby bouncer in front of his mom. The Mentoring for Financial Success program is sponsored by Children's Network in conjunction with the United Way of Charlotte County. The program is seeking volunteers to mentor families like Walker's in Charlotte County.


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SUN PHOTO BY TOM O'NEILL

Pamela Malik, left, from Children's Network of Southwest Florida, client Shy-Khia Walker and her financial mentor, Cynthia Lamont-Wint listen to Vanessa Pittman, Family Support Worker at The Florida Center for Early Childhood during their initial visit to Walker's Port Charlotte home. Pittman referred Walker to the program. Walker's 3-month-old son, Ra'el, rests in his baby bouncer in front of his mom. The Mentoring for Financial Success program is sponsored by Children's Network in conjunction with the United Way of Charlotte County. The program is seeking volunteers to mentor families like Walker's in Charlotte County.


SUN PHOTO BY TOM O'NEILL

Shy-Khia Walker listens to her mentor in her Port Charlotte Home. Walker is participating in the Mentoring for Financial Success program that is sponsored by Children's Network in conjunction with the United Way of Charlotte County. The program is seeking volunteers to mentor families like Walker's in Charlotte County.


SUN PHOTO BY TOM O'NEILL

Pamela Malik, left, from Children's Network of Southwest Florida, explains benefits of the Financial Mentoring program to client Shy-Khia Walker, during her initial visit to Walker's Port Charlotte home.



By ANDREA PRAEGITZER

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Shy-Khia Walker tapped her sleeping baby’s bouncer gently with her foot during a visit from volunteers and social service workers in the living room of her sparsely decorated apartment.

As a single, unemployed mom to a 3-month old son, she currently relies on government assistance to survive — from housing and food assistance to healthcare.

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