“It’s important for us to be examples to our kids. At least with my son, we were in a shelter because I wanted to do it on my own, but we did have to go back to my grandmom’s house to eat. Bills still were due... Do you think when they fired me that they thought one second how I was going to pay my rent? No. That was the last thing on their mind.”
Ashley is a 26-year-old mother of one son, Nikhai. Nikhai, who has had two surgeries already in his young life, has a medical condition that affects his kidneys. Because of Nikhai’s medical diagnosis Ashley is determined to go back to school for nursing.
Ashley recently moved from Philadelphia. When Nikhai was a baby she and Nikhai lived in a homeless shelter. Prior to moving to the shelter, she had to sleep on the floor at her grandmother’s house. Ashley has suffered through difficulties like getting her medical assistance and food stamps cut off, and losing her job, but she feels she has learned much from her experiences. She credits these experiences with teaching her appreciation, hard work, perseverance, and independence. She just feels that she does what she needs to do in order to survive.