"How safe are you in this city? The police officer that just got killed the other day . . . if you could do that to a cop, what could you do to me? These kids, they need an outlet. And this community is not it. North Philly is not it... These kids have nowhere to go for safety or fun."
With Welfare now, what we get nowadays, it’s enough to live off of but it’s not enough to do anything to make our environment safer for our children... So the jobs that I need or that I want that I’m qualified for I can’t get because I need an education. And I tell [Welfare] that and it’s like, well, that’s just too bad, basically, you have to get a job. I need an education… But I’m held back, I’m at a standstill."
I’ve been trying my best to pay my rent. It’s been a struggle; it’s been hard. I can’t let myself go down. I can’t be in a shelter with five kids. My kids are going to get depressed. Who knows what can happen? I always say I would never give up on my kids.
"I wish people would just look at you for who you are, and not treat you like they are superior; like you’re on a different level just because you need Welfare. I’m so used to being let down. I’m so used to being disappointed. I’m so used to everything just crumbling down on me that I don’t ask for any help anymore."