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It would seem that everyone — or at least those paying taxes — wants serious reforms of our welfare system.
Bridget Hardy-Everett's insight:
As a person who is welfare reformed, I feel as if though it is easy for people in the opposition point of this article to feed into or make general judgment about people in the welfare system. First, welfare is not easy to get, most of the time you are treated poorly by the staff members of a welfare agency, you must answer degrading questions, a matter of fact it can be downright embarrassing. Second, as for benefits being too much that comment must be meant for the entire system because I received $322 a month c when I was on the system, and that was 23 years ago and the allowance is still the same.
With regards to "cell phones and computer hook-ups, maybe these items should not be provided at taxpayer expenses", but if someone would like to donate these items to a person on welfare then that should be okay. With, that being said, I was blessed that someone purchased me a computer when I was on welfare; this was back when lotus and dbase were popular. Lord and behold I had entered a new arena, it was a source I have never thought of tapping in, although we would sit down at the welfare office from 8am until 4pm, with no positive reinforcements within the building or any free computer training being offered or any constructive reinforcements to do better. So, I agree with this article when it state that "job training and education should be part of the package." But, let me say there was one worker I came across, and she was pivotal in my life for the moment she was my caseworker; 1 out of 10 that I was assigned to during my years in the system. Well, needless to say I ended up in a program that turned out to be okay, but I still could not work because of inadequate child care, plus I did not have a high school diploma.
But, the stigma of being on welfare or section 8 is not good for one's self-esteem. You are talked about; negative assumptions are made about you. People assume you automatically don't mind living in crime ridden dangerous areas, and last, but not least the medical care can be horrible.
Did I mention I was an office worker before my child became ill and I had to come home and care for him; I worked during the ages of 14 -19. What I have learned in my life is people have some type of undesirable moment in their lives. Unfortunately for welfare recipients, their lives are on display, they are addressed in a matter that singles them out, they can ultimately find themselves becoming a slave and being systematically set-up for failure. The truth is even when we want to get off the system there is a glass ceiling directly above you because the assumption is much is not expected or should be given to people of adverse lifestyles if we just came off of welfare, have children out of wedlock, or other negative issues.
In closing, I am happy that I had some money for rent, my child, food and medical care until I was able to grow into a person who wanted more for me and my children lives. But, I must confess my transition from welfare to a college graduate; a homeowner and a college employee would have never been possible if I had not had a mentor. He did not concentrate on my negative lifestyle but cared enough to help me tap into my positive attributes. If working adults should have mentors and positive reinforcements to grow in their professional world the same stands for people on welfare, it is a proven fact that professional and personal growth; both go a long way in people living successful financial lives.
I did not address every stance in this article because my transistion has been a road that probably needs a book to covey my journey from welfare to a happy positve life and how I feel mentor played a big part in it.
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