For 40 years, St. Paul clinic has dispensed hope to disadvantaged

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 22, 2012 - 10:26 AM

Face to Face is a lifeline for homeless and poor teens and young adults on the East Side.

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BABloomOct. 21, 1210:45 PM

The staff and supporters of Face to Face are truly angels among us reaching out to help those who need it most!

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choochoo12Oct. 22, 12 2:31 PM

Why are these people called "disadvantaged"? They are no more "disadvantaged" than anyone, other than being hobbled by their OWN shortcomings and lack of drive to succeed in life.

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educator1Oct. 22, 12 2:54 PM

Thanks for this hopeful, upbeat story of persistence and courage. Thanks to the staff and funders at Face to Face, and to Ms. Olson for telling this story.

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georgia12pOct. 22, 1211:51 PM

Face to Face is a wonderful clinic. No one is immune to the trials and tribulations of life. As far as the "disadvantaged" I suppose who wrote that article used the wrong word maybe. To me it did not sound like Nichole Baker was "disadvantaged," but perhaps just going through a rough time. Im sure shes only human. Disadvantaged is to be ignorant enough to think you can judge, when you are definitely not god. Who is to say who has a lack of drive to succeed, when clearly she did. Clearly she succeeded with a wonderful husband, kids, house and career. Sounds to me like Nichole had the drive even through rough times. Thank you Face To Face you are a wonderful clinic!

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sandbmommaOct. 23, 12 9:30 AM

I went to face to face about 13+ years ago. I lived with a single dad and didn't feel I could go to him. I got medical care, birth control pills. I want to thank face to face for being there for me. I didn't become a teen parent, I didn't catch any stds. I got yearly paps, and medical check ups regardless that my dad didn't have medical insurance for me. Face to Face educated me, gave me the resources I needed along with the support. Had they not been there who knows where I would be today. Having 2 daughters of my own now I am glad face to face is still there for if my children ever needed to use their resources. In regards to choochoo12 your comment is ridiculous. Not everyone as a child or teen has the resources, tools, support, or encouragement to succeed. Not everyone who's disadvantaged is a screw up. I was in a disadvantaged situation not by choice. I can't help who my parents are. I have a drive. I graduated high school, was NOT a teen mom, went on to college and have my own family now. Everyone always focuses on the negative let's focus on the positive and how many stories like mine that are untold, never known have come from this clinic? I didn't go to face to face because I did anything wrong, because I screwed up, or because I got myself into a mess. I went their as a preventative and when I had nowhere else to turn. They did their job, I did my job. That's success!

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