A sampling of people's stories
Carmen is a single mother of two young children, ages 3 and 6 months. She is a very determined young woman with great focus and motivation. Carmen has been working part-time and attending Front Range Community College since she joined FSS in 2005. When she found out she was pregnant with her second child, Carmen made a decision to continue with school and remain on schedule to complete her Associate’s degree in spring 2007. She has accomplished that goal by enrolling her older son in Head Start and taking online classes in the spring and fall 2006 semesters so that she can be with the baby.
In addition, Carmen works as an administrative assistant at a local non-profit, which is aligned with her goal of being a non-profit administrator. She is working on her business degree at FRCC, and is planning on transferring to CU next fall. She is working fewer hours at her job right now because of the baby, and is planning to increase her hours in the new year. Because of her reduced income, Carmen and her children will greatly benefit from a Thanksgiving basket this year.
Bonita is a single mother of 2 young boys, ages 5 & 8. She supports and parents these boys on her own as their father is serving a life sentence in jail. Bonita is a wonderful mother and concentrates on giving her sons a stable, loving family and home life. Both boys are active in sports and Bonita spends her spare time taking them to practices and games.
Bonita makes $13.00 an hour running a day care center for infants. She recently got a raise from $12.75 an hour. This $0.25 an hour raise eliminated her eligibility for food stamps, knocked her older boy from Medicaid and increased her rent portion. Bonita struggles to stay ahead and be positive even when things look discouraging. A thanksgiving basket will benefit her and her sons greatly