For Catherine Odurokwarten, the gift of a laptop computer from Book of Dreams readers will help her in many ways as she and her daughter move forward in life.
"It is so nice," she said after receiving the laptop. "Thank you so much."
As she opened the gift, her 21-month-old daughter, Kylie-Marie Gonzalez, was at her side along with Diana Reveles, a case management counselor with the Sutter Teen Program.
The program serves pregnant and parenting teens throughout Sacramento County, helping them to pursue their educations while raising healthy children.
Reveles spent the past year helping Odurokwarten, who recently turned 20, to find her bearings as a single mother with limited financial means.
With Reveles' help, Odurokwarten enrolled in a pharmacy technician program at Charles A. Jones Career and Education Center this past summer.
On Dec. 17, she began an internship with a Safeway pharmacy.
The following day, she received the laptop, which came by way of a nomination by Reveles to the Book of Dreams.
The laptop will help with all aspects of her life and education, including keeping up with schoolwork and research, and building a resume for a career in the pharmacy world.
© Copyright The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved.
Read more articles by Deb Kollars
What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com
Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)
Here are some rules of the road:
Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "Report Abuse" link to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.
Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.
Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.
Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand.
Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.
Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.
Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.
Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.
Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their point of view. Please only flag comments that violate these guidelines.
You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "Report Abuse" link to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.
If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them.