New York Family
April 27, 2015
By Elizabeth Moroney

Irma Mendez, Childcare and Recreation Supervisor at the Center Against Domestic Violence

Pregnant with the first of her two sons in the 1980s and living on the street at age 14, Irma Mendez felt she could approach her difficult situation with one of two mindsets: Treat her pregnancy as the worst thing that could have happened—or use it to change her life for the better. Later, when her son, Joseph, was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder at age 7, Mendez knew she needed education, information, and support to be best mother she could be.

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