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The no-strings-attached stipend has also allowed Vargas to sleep better at night because he is secure about his family's finances. "On a day-to-day basis I wake up a lot happier because I don't have to be stressed, and because I get more sleep," he said. Vargas once spent most of his waking hours working, taking on side gigs as a handyman, landscaper and car mechanic just to make ends meet. He now spends some of that time with his family, helping him be a better father, he said. "It enables me to have more family time to spend learning what my kids did at school, or reading books with them at night and going to the park," he said. "I don't have to take time away from my family because I would have to make money for those things I want to give them."