We need a Change.... There are 46.2 million people living in poverty. With all the assistance our government offers, food stamps, welfare, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, free school lunch, free education and so much more. We still have 46.2 million people living in poverty - How can we change this?
We need a Change....
There are 46.2 million people living in poverty. With all the assistance our government offers, food stamps, welfare, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, free school lunch, free education and so much more. We still have 46.2 million people living in poverty - How can we change this?
Annette Ramirez works at a church-run community center in San Bernardino, Calif.
Being poor is new for Annette Ramirez. "When I first walked out of that welfare office, I came out in tears," she says.
The 44-year-old graphic designer from San Bernardino, Calif., used to lay out classifieds for the local paper and advertising for a beer distributor. She rented a four-bedroom house from her brother and was doing "OK."
But in 2008, in the midst of the Great Recession and just as the subprime mortgage crisis was popping the housing bubble, her brother lost his home, and Ramirez lost her job. Since then, she and her 11-year-old daughter have moved in with her parents, scraping by on $490 in state welfare payments and $300 in food stamps.
"I've worked so hard all these years. But now I'm right there with everybody else," Ramirez says.
Ramirez works for her welfare check, supervising the distribution of clothes, books and toys to the poor at a church-run community center.
Let me just make this one statement: “the poor do not have to be poor”, the poor have the power to control, achieve and change. I beleive that they are capable of so much more.I have seen the possibilities, I have witness the success people have made - from extreem poverty to success.
Isaac Medina is a loving father of two children. He has been married to his high school sweet heart since 1992. His childhood has been a long and hard road, his father abandoned him and his family of seven when he was only five years old. He had a severely disabled brother who passed away when he was only 25. Growing up in the “system” as he calls it – welfare, food stamps and the like, has shown him the darker side of life.
He has had many dreams; the strongest one of all has been to be the best father a child could have. He has struggled financially in his childhood, his youth and is always striving to make a better life for his family.
He has been a general laborer, temp, has worked in warehouses, offices, he has been a succesful Real Estate agent, Insurance agent and financial advisor. In his desire to make a better life for his family he has sought out to learn as much as he could about how money works. As he acquired knowledge and understanding he has also sought to fulfill one childhood dream – to be an author. He understands full well that he will never write a literary masterpiece, but if he can have one successful book that will help others change their financial life for the better – he will count that as success.