The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience
At work

"I found this security job on my own. I've always found jobs on my own because the welfare-to-work programs they send you to they never work for me. It’s kind of crazy because you sit there and they just tell you a bunch of stuff about how you have to have your hair. Like one day they put me to work there and they told me I needed a resume done. I don’t know how to mess with a computer so they told this lady, and she just puts me at the computer and leaves. She didn’t even help me. I got so stressed I left. They told me that if you leave and you never come back that you get sanctioned."

Cell Phone Service

While some may argue that access to a cell phone is not essential for survival, consider all of the circumstances in which those without a cell phone can find themselves at risk.  Elderly and disabled individuals may need medical help.  Those traveling alone at night may need to call the police.  Families with inconsistent access to transportation may need to call for a ride.  Job seekers waiting for return calls from potential employers will not want to leave the house without a cell phone, for fear of missing an opportunity.

Current Issue

– In Pennsylvania, two programs offer free cell phone service – Assurance Wireless (from Virgin Mobile) and SafeLink (from Tracfone Wireless).

 

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