04 Apr '16, 3pm

Bootstraps and Safety Nets: Some thoughts on generational poverty in America

Abuse, racism, corruption; we all experience these hardships to a varying degree. But for the low-income women I worked with, their lives were a perpetual house of cards. They had no resources, no safety nets to keep them from going under. One step forward, two steps back. A broken down car means you can't get to work, and missing even one day of work means you can’t make rent that month. A sick child means you can get fired from a job that keeps you at "part time" status because they don't want to pay you for sick days and holidays. Finally getting out of the welfare system means losing any childcare assistance, and childcare costs often break the bank. I knew a woman who wouldn't break up with her abusive boyfriend because he was her only ride to work. I'm not saying there is no such thing as bad decisions, but we all make bad decisions and only some of us have to face t...

Full article: http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/bootstraps-and-safety-net...

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