Landlord in Cleveland helps single moms find financial security
A landlord in Cleveland is helping single moms get back on their feet, by helping them sell homemade goods.
In this week's Pay It Forward, Jessica Harthorn surprises her as she is dropping off a food donation.
Cynthia Deal says she has a soft spot for women who are in need of a second chance.
She rents apartments to recovering drug addicts, helps pay for their college tuition, buys them cars and donates food and clothing.
We talked to one of the six women she's helping out.
Jessica Moses is a single mom of four.
Right now her focus is her newborn son Ky'Mani, and a small business she's starting from home.
The woman helping her achieve financial security is Cynthia Deal.
"I never had anyone just reach out and be there for me, she has been an amazing mentor," said Jessica.
Jessica met Cynthia at her children's school.
As a volunteer, Cynthia is known affectionately by the students as "Ya Ya."
She will often hand out free diapers to parents in the car pick up line, and recently bought Jessica's kids Halloween costumes.
She also showed us the crib and baby swing she bought for her, and explained how this complete stranger has become a part of the family.
"She went to the hospital with us, to watch my girls while my mom went back with me to have him," said Jessica.
Cynthia also supplied baking items so Jessica could make and sell cupcakes at a Fall fair to help support her young family. Then she dropped off a bow making kit.
"So it could make like Christmas bows for presents and stuff that I could sell," said Jessica.
Today, Jessica is waiting for Cynthia to drop off some food for her family.
"What's up with the door open? What is going on here? Hi?" asked Cynthia.
"You are always busy doing stuff for everybody else, so on behalf of NewsChannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm, I want to present you with $500 for you," surprised Jessica.
"Do you know how many people this will do Thanksgiving dinner for?" said Cynthia.
"No, It's your birthday. You can treat yourself." said Jessica.
"I love you. What is going on!" hugged Cynthia.
Cynthia says reaching out to women in need has always been on her radar, and she's happy to help Jessica too.
"I've been doing this all my life. I was taught as a young child if it doesn't hurt you in anyway, you should reach out. Go stand on that limb. Most of the time it won't break," said Cynthia.
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