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Welfare & Assistance

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."

Active 2008-Present
 

"I want them to be smart. I want them to finish school. I want them to get good jobs. I want them to know that just because you live in the neighborhood doesn’t mean you have to be in the neighborhood.  It’s just I don’t know where to get help from; I don’t know who to ask for help."

Active 2008-Present
 

"I went through a lot of stuff, but it’s all done with. I’m all right now, so I've got to move forward, can’t go back and change everything. The thing I tell my kids is don’t make the same mistakes."

Active 2008-Present
 

I don’t see how Welfare wants me to get out of the system if I don’t have enough. If this is a state that’s supposed to help me, you can’t keep on holding me back.  Help me out here, so I can get on my feet. Now I need it. I need [Welfare] to guide me to never need it again."

Active 2008-Present
 

"I don’t think a human on this earth can love until they have a baby."

See Tamika featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Tamika is 29 and has two children, aged 3 and 4. 

Active 2008-Present

"The key is to prevent everybody needing welfare.  The key is to get people off welfare.  You don’t want this to keep being a repeated cycle. It seems like it’s a repeated cycle, and it gets worse."

Active 2008-Present
 

“What would you do if you were in my shoes? If you had to work two jobs to take care of your kids and it still wasn’t enough? And then the government tells you you can’t have Food Stamps to feed your kids…what would you do?”

Active 2008-Present
 

“There are some benefits. They provide your children with vaccinations, things that they can’t get in third world countries, things that we take for granted… they can take care of me medically but the rest of me is just dangling out there, hanging on a rope...

Active 2008-Present
 

"No matter what level, what class, everybody needs to make a living. Jobs need to be created to just give that chance.  People are capable."

See Ashley featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

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