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Active 2008-Present
 

"[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."

Active 2008-Present
 

"If you ask me is this where you thought you was gonna be at twenty-nine years old? No. There’s no way we should go through the things we go through, whether it be the faults of our parents, the system, whatever… When you have somebody who's trying to better themselves there should be people with compassion to  help them and see them succeed… There’s something that can be done. The resources are there, the people are there, the money is there. Why is it not being used for what it can be used for?"

Active 2008-2012
 

"You don’t want to say no if somebody comes and asks you for food and you have it. You want to give it to them. But then you want to say no, because what if my kids don’t have food to eat the next day?"

Active 2008-2012
 

“When I go to the supermarket it’s uncomfortable. It’s at the cross between my neighborhood and another neighborhood and it’s just embarrassing to pull my Access card out.  I feel like the other people in the line are just looking and judging, saying things…”

“How can we teach our kids to have high hopes if we don’t have high hopes? If we have no self-esteem within ourselves?”

Active 2008-2012
 

“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."

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