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HM PLACE FEATURE PICTURE STORY: Autumn Parry, News & Advance—Ruby Johnson takes the bus to the Lynchburg Department of Social Services to ask for assistance after she was unable to pay the electric bill in July. As a former resident of Miriam’s House, a shelter for homeless women and children which helped her find a full-time job and a place to call home, Ruby still struggles to provide for herself and her 14-year-old son, Cortez.

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