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Monday, August 30, 2010 - Page updated at 10:42 a.m.

The backstory

First Place is a Seattle non profit that provides support to homeless families, including schooling for homeless children, from kindergarten through sixth grade. The school aims to provide homeless children with education, but also stability, counseling and regular meals.

Darasavanh Kraven was living on the streets and on public buses in Seattle with her daughter in 2003. She received services from First Place. Her daughter attended its school and Kraven was able to break the cycle of homelessness. She is now an employee at First Place and organizes afterschool activities. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters.

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