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Tuesday, August 1, 2006

More than words

WALTHAM

More than Words, a bookstore on Moody Street, is more than a place to buy books for the teenagers that run it - it's also a refuge, a place to learn management and retail skills and to earn money.

The youths that work here are part of TeenLEEP - a program for kids that are "aging out" of the state's foster care system, which basically turns them loose into the world when they turn 18.

And tomorrow, they'll get to have a talk with Department of Social Services Commissioner Harry Spence.

Jodi Rosenbaum-Tilinger, who founded the bookstore, said this is a private meeting that gives Spence's "constituents" a chance to ask him questions and talk about the positive impact of More than Words and TeenLEEP.

-- Stephanie V. Siek

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