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No dad left behind at Harford Family House
No dad left behind at Harford Family House

Jim Donaldson is 38 years old, the separated single father to 8-year-old Jacob and “5-going-on-35”-year-old Lily. Until recently, he had a good job with a large oil company. But when his son got croup that developed into pneumonia three years ago, all that changed. Donaldson asked for time off and was denied.  “I had to choose between the job and the child,” he recalls. “It was a very easy decision. You can replace a job, but you can’t replace a child.” But losing that job started a downward spiral that was hard to stop. Donaldson found another job, but the salary barely covered his day-care costs. In September 2013, Donaldson and his...