"Going to go live with this person or live with that person wasn't going to get me a place to stay. That’s just hiding from house to house. I didn’t want to keep confusing her. I wanted her to be in stable setting, somewhere where she would know we were going to be somewhere better soon."
See Nadja featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Nadja is twenty-three and the mother of two daughters and a young son. Nadja lived in a homeless shelter for teens a few years ago with her older daughter, and through the shelter she was able to get the subsidized housing that she lives in now. Nadja finished high school and was sent to phlebotomy training through a Welfare to Work program, and she is frustrated by the requirements of the Welfare to Work system. When Nadja first joined Witnesses to Hunger in 2008, she had just finished her phlebotomy training, and Nadja and her classmates were required to return to the school four days a week to job search—which amounts to time in front of the computer without any guidance. Nadja explains that they go to the school in order to continue receiving their welfare checks, but that the attendance requirement actually hinders their job searches because it prevents them from applying at places in person.
The father of Nadja’s two daughters is in prison serving a long sentence, so he is not a part of his children’s lives and Nadja struggles with the financial difficulties of being a single parent. She receives cash assistance and Food Stamps, but sometimes the Food Stamps don’t last and Nadja will eat less so that her children have enough to eat.
Nadja is in training to become a S.E.L.F group leader and will be leading these support groups for mothers involved in the Center's different programs.