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Progress for Children & Families

I worked for Early Head Start/Head Start Program as a Child Care Specialist for Family Child Care Program for eight years, until I recently decided to go back to school full time.

It was so rewarding working with so many children & families who truly ...

—Juanita VA

My mom lost her home before she lost her life

My mother battled cancer first in her early 30's and then had it again at 48. The second time it was in her skull and spine by the time the breast cancer was diagnosed. She was a mother of four who had been left by my father but managed to complete ...
—JessicaHI

THe REal

This entire SHUT down of the government is not affecting those that made the decision. It's affecting ME and MY FAMILY!!! It's affecting those of us that are working from paycheck to paycheck to support our families. The federal programs that have ...
—DebbieVA

SNAP helps hardworking families

When my husband walked out he left me and our four young children penniless. As a stay at home mom I was not employed outside the home. Without SNAP I don't know how we could have survived this temporary setback. Because of SNAP I was able to feed ...
—StephanieMO

My daughter's hospitalization

At the age of 5 months, 36 years ago, my wonderful daughter Anna almost died because she had viral encephalitis. She was in a coma for 5 weeks. During that time she received excellent medical care which saved her live, covered by our health insurance. ...
—JaneMD

Nursing student receiving Pell Grant, mother of 2, on Food Stamps and Medi-Cal

I was a graphic artist for 20 years, but the economy crashed when I became a single mother when my girls were 2 and 6. I have struggled tremendously, trying to make ends meet. I finally decided to go back to school and pursue Nursing, while taking freelance ...
—SiobhanCA

Mom

I am a stay at hom mom of three kids. My boyfriends works to make the money we need. He doesn't get a lot of money so we struggle with the little he does get paid but he doesn't want me to work and help out because he wants me to be home for the kids ...
—ElizabethLA

MEDICAL INSURANCE

I am a senior with no income other than

Social Security, my daughter, a divorced

mom, struggles to make ends meet. She

relies on government programs to help

feed her boys.

I blame the Republicans for the shutdown,

they have refused to compromise on ...

—PatriciaCA

Shutdown threatens young adults and the people that rely on them too.

My 25 year old son recently had a fall which fractured 2 vertebrae in his spine. He lost his job due to how long it will take him to heal from his injury. He had not worked long enough to qualify for FMLA. He cannot afford COBRA, and neither can we. ...
—Jacquelyn AZ

Get Back to Work Congress

Stop wasting 12.5 million an hour on this shutdown. Put this money towards something worth while like education and healthcare. Congress needs to work together and get it done. Republicans stop being so bull headed and start being role models.
—JeanneMA

Society destruction

I'm speaking from witnessing scary changes, among others, and being married with kids. This is the first I think of...

Go after corporations not needy families or you will see bunch of them with kids on the streets with empty living dwellings all over. ...

—ChristineCA

protect mothers, infants and children

Dear Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein:

I oppose H.R. 3102: Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013 because as a new mother I am working to provide my newborn baby the best nourishment i can by exclusively breastfeeding her. In this ...

—DeborahCA

Hungry Kids

I have two children, 1 in Kindergarten and 1 that is 3 months old. Currently I am unemployed - seeking work! - and my husband has recently changed occupations and taken a steep pay cut. Our Kindergartner is part of the Free Lunches school program and ...
—AndreaMO

untitled

When I was a married graduate student, I was fortunate to have the support of the WIC program during my pregnancy for my first child. Today, that child is expecting her first baby. As a senior in college, working part time to pay the rent, she needs ...
—JeannineMI

Give Americans a chance

My husband and I are both self employed, and I also work for a major company. Between the two of us we have 6 jobs, but are struggling to pay for health insurance and food for our family. We do everything we can keep our living expenses down, we rent ...
—AlisonTX

Our Children

Here in Hawaii a large percentage of people work for the federal government. How many children are not eating because of this shut down? Congress doesn't know! You will all go home to a warm house with a nice meal. People here are worried about furloughs ...
—CaroleHI

Healthcare

Over the last 7 years I've had my daughter on Medicaid because I was unemployed off and on. They accepted me in the program a few times. Most of the time, however, I was uninsured. We received food stamps as well on occasion. I cannot seem to find employment ...
—TinaGA

untitled

My current assignment at work is to teach leadership and employees about all the changes that are occurring in our healthcare organization and our community due to the recent opening of the Health Insurance Exchange. In my training, people with differing ...

untitled

I'm 78 years old. I have insurance and have always had insurance. I'm able to pay for my insurance. I am concerned about my children and grand children. I always depended on the corporation I worked for to provide insurance opportunities. Now the corporations ...
—ShirleyIA

One of their own!

TO put it mildly, I'm a state worker, who also is a single mother, have worked for the same company for 6 years, I get a steady evaluation yearly, and yet have never received a raise. Yet when I started the job I did receive $300 in SNAP benefits to ...
—JanellTX
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