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JUL 2018

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inamarcellaevents.com LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.18 107 For advertising information call 625-0100 or email advertising@loumag.com Publishing August 2018 Top Surgeons & Dentists days now, she and her boys have been living in the small room that costs $354 per week, a rate Dixon can only afford thanks to some help from her mother. With one full-size bed and a twin-size pull-out loveseat, the family jigsaws at night: Dixon and her youngest lie next to each other on the bed, Micah sleeping horizontally at the end. Dixon's middle son sleeps on the pull-out. Sheets are in storage at the moment, so last night she draped clothes over the twin mattress to cover stains. "We're used to uncomfort- able situations," Micah says with a shrug. Separating from her husband compli- cated Dixon's financial situation, especial- ly because she no longer has the temp job as a leasing agent. Had the eviction never happened, Dixon believes her situation would be "a lot more stable." Micah nods, saying that the three-bedroom apartment they had was "perfect for us." is summer will be tight. Her mom can't afford the hotel for more than a couple weeks. But Dixon is determined, resourceful. Yesterday, she pawned gold hoop earrings to help buy bread, deli meat, cheese and other groceries for din- ner. She'll try to find low-cost activities for the kids. "I got a flier at their school about summer camps," she says, causing her 12-year-old to shoot a disapproving look. Micah's a regular at free Sundays at the Speed Art Museum, and Dixon's nudging him toward a summer job. She has posted a Craigslist ad as a house cleaner and is applying for more jobs as a leasing agent. e thought of an associate degree in business management floats in and out, if she can find tuition help. "I'm just taking it day by day," she says. Perhaps she'll reunite with her husband. Tonight, leftover sandwiches for dinner. In a few days, Dixon should get one of her last paychecks from the leasing agent job. She's trying to keep herself busy by helping friends with chores, tidying up her car. When she's offered a cleaning job in Bullitt County, she eagerly takes it, earning $100. Anything to fill the space between now and what's next. Because what's next is unknown. And that's exhausting. A stroke of luck, she'd welcome that. Dixon picks up every abandoned penny, no matter heads or tails. To her, they're worth more than a measly cent. at IN GOD WE TRUST hovering over Lincoln's head? "It's a sign someone is watching out for me," Dixon says. "I don't know who it is, but someone is."

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