Single mother with the help of others, turns life around

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Jeannetta Maclin is pulling her life together thanks to help from a group of strangers. Maclin was facing a felony child endangerment charge after St. Louis firefighters rescued her two young sons from their burning apartment on Clara Avenue last February after she left them home alone when she went to work at her low wage job. Maclin who once lived in her car with her boys ages five and two was trying to pay her rent before her landlord evicted them. When strangers in the community heard about her unfortunate situation they rallied around her. The advocates offered her a job, an apartment, a car and childcare. They even went to court with Maclin and spoke out on her behalf to the judge. That made quite an impression the judge and St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce who dropped the felony charge against Maclin in exchange for her completing a diversion program. Now the group that assisted Maclin is working to help other struggling, single working women in the same situation.

Maclin's son are doing well and are living with their father. She is working to regain full custody of them.