September 18, 2012

Bob­bie is a sin­gle mother liv­ing in rural Ore­gon. Bob­bie is “doing the best <she> can to get ahead in life.” She has dreams of going to school, but can’t seem to find a way to make it work. Spend­ing time with her kids is a pri­or­ity, and she has to work in order to sup­port her fam­ily. While she acknowl­edges that going to school would help her out of poverty in the long run, she can’t jus­tify the long hours away from her chil­dren while both work­ing and going to school.

In addi­tion, Bob­bie is tired. All of the time. She is bat­tling fibromyal­gia and work­ing is hard. But she does what she can to sup­port her fam­ily. She also sur­rounds her­self with a pos­i­tive sup­port sys­tem. She goes to recov­ery meet­ings every day, and has a group of strong women who stand by her and sup­port her when times get tough.

What is one thing Bob­bie wants you to know about her poverty expe­ri­ence? Check out the video­clip below to hear the answer in Bobbie’s own words.

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  • The training taught me to “manage what I have better and be more aware of the stress level it causes to not be able to meet ‘your’ needs.” (Poverty Awareness Training participant)