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Brendon

Our son was diagnosed with Juevenile Diabetes at the age of 10. As long as he was in college, he was covered thru his father's medical insurance. However, after graduation, he was not. Thankfuly, Brendon was able to find a job with benefits and he ...
—CynthiaMD

no providers

My daughter is autistic. I cannot find providers of mental health services in Mercer County, NJ, who accept Medicaid and will treat someone developmentally disabled and over age 21.
—JOANNNJ

It Can Happen to Anyone...Even a Physician

People are often surprised to hear that even a physician can end up on Medicaid...but I’m a great example that it can happen to anyone. I’m 32 years old, married, with two small children and I am a family physician. In January of this year, right ...
—RobinCO

Temporary Assistance

I was once a single parent with two small children. I did not have any income, any job experience nor an education. Thanks two programs like SNAP, WIC, Head Start and Medicaid, I was able to complete college and get a good paying job. I am now middle ...
—DianeMT

social workers know the importance of social programs

Thank goodness my children are grown now...but I still worry about their debt burden and the many issues they face, especially global climate change. As a social worker, I came into contact with many 4-year-olds who had no previous experience outside ...
—PatriciaGA

WIC and SNAP saved my children and I.

My husband abandoned me and our two children when they were 2 years old and 4 months old. He left abruptly with no warning and he was the sole bread winner. My husband and I had decided that I would stay home until our children were old enough to go to ...
—JessicaCA

CHILDREN AND MOTHERS/FAMILIES ARE IMPORTANT

WHY IS THERE STILL SO MUCH SELFISHNESS IN AMERICAN AMONGS THE HAVE AND HAVE NOTS? EVERYONE WILL NEVER HAVE A JOB...THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOME PEOPLE IN NEED. FACE IT! SO LET'S MAKE SURE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED GET THEIR NEEDS MET. I HAVE FOUR GRANDCHILDREN ...
—RamonaNJ

Public School Bus Driver

I drove school bus for 20+ years for the Shoreline School District in Shoreline WA.

Many times, especially during the winter, I saw kids get on my bus that did not have sufficient warm clothes and shoes, and they also looked like they needed a good meal. ...

—JoyceWA

Mine alone

Very early as a volunteer as a Head start volunteer in the 70"s I saw children respond to the feeble attempts we were experimenting with. I saw my own daughter be motivated by early childhood development programs that were available at our University. ...
—TimWI

Some Cuts Don't Heal

Experience is always a good teacher even when the experiences are unwanted, unpleasant and unnecessary. Needless suffering inflicted on the most vulnerable fall in all of those categories and qualify for one more: mean spirited.

Born with congenital birth ...

—Felicia

Mercy

I am 50 yrs.old I had accident yrs. ago I depend very much o All of the Govertment help to surviving. I didn't choose to break my back ,it is not easy never knowing if help never comes..
—RandallTX

Will never give up, although the 'system' is a failure..still struggling

We are of mixed race descent. My husband had renal failure in May of 2001, that same day (while he was being admitted into ICU), I recieved a call to come to Sacramento to rescue my four young grandchildren. The oldest was 3 years,the younger ones, ...
—LoriCA

Backpacks for weekend food

As a pediatrician in one of the poorest counties in the nation, I see needy families up close and personal. Our food pantry provides food for the neediest children, which is put into backpacks by the school so they have food to eat on the weekend, when ...
—KathleenNM

Upwardly mobile from food stamps

My parents were on food stamps when I was a toddler. This wasn't due to lack of work ethic at all. When they got a windfall from a bequest, they bought land and built a house with their own hands. With the stability of their own home, they went on to ...
—JuniperCA

SNAP allowed us to pay our bills and eat

In 2012, my husband lost his job completely unexpectedly. He was an independent contractor who had worked for one client for 3 years. That client was supposed to have him sign a new contract for another project, but that project was put on hold due to ...
—RobynCA

Help our families and friends

I am a single mom of 5 and I am disabled. I live by a very tight budget and I barely make it. I live off child support and SSI. I can't make it with the food stamps I was getting. But now they took more. Thank God for food banks or we would starve. ...
—MichelleOH

I care

In order to have a livable society we need to start equal and live equal. It starts with all pregnancies should be planned and wanted, great education, great jobs, in a world that protects the environment and love one another, and we all have great healthcare, ...
—EWA

Mine and others' suffering

Except for the last 3 years I have had insurance coverage my entire life. Once I had children I would always think, "I feel so sorry for parents who can't just go to their pediatrician and get antibiotics when their kids have strep, ear infections, etc." ...
—MicheleUT

Healthy children grow to be good citizens

I'm a registered nurse. I've worked with children for over 40 years. Two things I've never seen: a cared-for child who didn't have a keen interest in how to be a good citizen, in one way or another, and an uncared-for child who had enough attention for ...
—JanetCA

I wouldn't be the person I am without assistance

I grew up in poverty. The beneficiary of public housing, my mom's unemployment benefits, and very good public schooling, I eventually made it into MIT and am very successful today. I'm afraid there will be fewer and fewer stories like mine as the government ...
—AnnePA
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