Renee and Adrian

September 26, 2012

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.

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