Jose abandoned his first family for heroin and crack years ago. Finally clean, he sells cigarettes on the streets to support his current wife and infant son and prove to himself that he is worthy of being a father again.
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The Moralles family has a number of pets, including two dogs, one cat, a turtle and a variety of fish. Now, it has added a Red-tailed black shark.
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In addition to the family receiving food stamps, Jose sells both single and packs of Lucy's cigarettes on the streets of Syracuse to support his wife, Frances, and his 4-month-old son, Jose Jr.
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Jose waits in line to receive a free blanket for his son at the Rescue Mission's thrift store in downtown Syracuse.
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Jose stays in the area around the Rescue Mission in order to cater to the nicotine addiction of the many individuals that receive assistance from the Mission.
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Jose sells packs of Lucy's for $5 each, and single cigarettes for 25 cents a piece.
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Jose is not allowed to sell cigarettes inside of the mission and has been kicked out for doing so in the past.
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Jose shakes a bottle of change to amuse his son. He’s been saving change in the bottle for the infant, but occasionally dips into it to purchase alcohol.
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Jose makes sure to never smoke in the same room as his son because he understands the physical effects second-hand smoking can have on an infant.
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