PHOTOS: Strapped in Suburbia

Published: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 12:19 a.m. CDT
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(Lathan Goumas – lgoumas@shawmedia.com)
Lisa Clark (center) and three of her daughters, Holly (from left), 13, Julianne, 5, and Chloe, 10, join members of their church in singing carols Dec. 8 in Richmond.
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(Lathan Goumas – lgoumas@shawmedia.com)
Lisa Clark warms 5-year-old Julianne's feet Dec. 8 after the family finished caroling in Richmond.
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(Kyle Grillot – kgrillot@shawmedia.com)
Pictures of Lisa Clark's children are seen Monday in her Richmond home.
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(Kyle Grillot – kgrillot@shawmedia.com)
Julianne, 5, looks in the refrigerator while her mother, Lisa Clark, makes dinner Monday.
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(Kyle Grillot – kgrillot@shawmedia.com)
Lisa Clark talks about making transportation arrangements with her children including Chloe, 10, (left) and Julianne, 5, while making dinner Monday in their Richmond home.

Foreclosure. Divorce. Stage 4 ovarian cancer. Lisa Clark has faced on hardship after another, leaving her in a precarious financial situation. Although employed as is a teaching assistant at a day care center, the single mom of six kids has had a difficult time making ends meet. She's one of an estimated 23,277 people in McHenry County living below the poverty line.

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