"[My son's father], he doesn’t help with anything. He never got the boy sneakers, hasn't even seen him in a year. And he walks around with the finest clothes and sneakers, make sure his hair cut, but my son didn’t get a case of diapers from him. I do everything for him."
When Victoria joined Witnesses to Hunger in 2008, she was a twenty-one and the mother of a one-year-old boy, Ja’seer. She and Ja’seer were living in a one-room apartment that Victoria’s father owned because she could not afford to pay rent with her income from cash assistance. Victoria went straight to full-time work after finishing high school because she wanted to make enough money to buy a car and support herself, but the jobs that she worked didn't last. Now she wishes she had gone to college when she had the opportunity. Ja’seer’s father is not in his life and Victoria is unable to collect child support from him because she doesn’t have his address.