“It’s just that it feels like I try and I never get over that. I’ve been working since I was sixteen, but it’s like I can’t get hold of anything. It’s like when I do qualify for once to receive some of the programs that the government has, I’m always told that I have to pay a higher co-pay than everybody else. I do thank God for me having to pay $60, compared to if I had to pay for her which would be $250, but it’s just hard."
I’m going to have a career. I’m going to take my kids, and I’m going to take them out of here. I want to go somewhere nice—to a nice neighborhood where they have clean playgrounds, where you don’t see a lot of violence. Although it’s hard, because it’s everywhere. No matter where you try to go, violence is everywhere. It’s hard.
"I always say I would never give up on my kids. I always would try to do the best for them to at least graduate from high school because I’m not going to be able to afford for them to go to college or anything like that...I will never give up on them. I will always push them and try my best."
"I’m concerned with all my children but my son most definitely, especially with the young black men going to jail and killing one another. My heart really goes out to him. I tell him when I wash his football clothes, ‘Oh, mommy loves washing football clothes’ because that’s what I want him to do. He’s eight, he’s getting older, and look at what he sees. When he gets a couple years older I want to send him to some charter school. That’s why I want him to keep his grades up."
“I overcome my barriers by waking up every day, taking my daughter to school, taking my other daughter to daycare. Going out there, going to school, knowing that I’m about to be something. I’m about to get a better job, or I’m about to be a better person for my kids, because I’m striving for a better me, to raise my kids in a better environment."