Renee is a single mom to Adrian who is now 12.
Renee and Adrian have been experiencing poverty since Adrian was born. They have also experienced homelessmess off and on since Adrian can remember, living from one place to the next, with friends, at shelters, etc. Adrian has never had his own room and has gone to 8 different schools. He is now in 7th grade. Adrian loves football and sports, and he is on the honor roll at school. When he grows up he wants to be a pediatric nurse.
When asked about their personal poverty experience, Renee expresses the difficulties of constantly having to live below their means, trying to make ends meet, and struggling to survive. She wants more for Adrian and herself than what she can afford.
Adrian expresses that his mom tries hard to make it seem like everything is “okay.” He knows that they have very little so he has learned to not ask for anything. He doesn’t want to upset his mom by asking for things that she might be unable to provide.
Adrian says that when it comes to poverty that people need to “come prepared” because it’s a difficult journey. He compares poverty to riding a scooter and hitting a gravel road. It’s a bumpy ride.
Words that they both used to describe poverty are: Overwhelming, discouraging, painful, bewildered, angry, upset, and frustrated.
As of July, Renee and Adrian now have their own apartment and Adrian has his very own room for the first time in his life.