Caregiving has always been a part of life for Alene Martin.
As the second of five children, she spent a lot of her adolescence helping her busy mother, who worked two jobs to support the family, care for her younger siblings.
“We really didn’t know we were poor. My mom worked so hard, and I wanted to help her. I didn’t find out until I was much older that there were times she would cry because we didn’t have enough food for everyone.”
When Alene was nine years old, her Aunt Mary lost bot