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Last in the series: Beating poverty

One Marietta resident proves that determination can pay off

January 25, 2014

Going back to school for job training. Finding a full-time career path. Purchasing a home. These things can seem like discouragingly distant dreams for the 46....

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Jan-25-14 7:05 AM

Good for her! I admire her determination and hard work.

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Jan-25-14 8:40 AM

What a great example of using help wisely. Best wishes for the future.

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Jan-25-14 10:34 AM

She should feel very proud of her actions, and more importantly the lesson she has taught her son! She got a hand-up, and was able eventually to refuse the hand out. Very good outcome, so many could learn from this woman's determination!

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Jan-26-14 12:05 PM

We need to remember that not everyone has the same ability to cope with life and to make the changes this woman has. She was poor and with few job skills, but she had a drive to improve her life and ability to make those changes. She also had the mental stability necessary to seek out the programs that could help her. Not everyone is able to accomplish what she has, but I am so pleased that she was able to.

Contrary to what some want you to believe, when a person accesses a program (eg. SNAP), they aren't handed a guidebook to other programs that may benefit them. They are often left to find their one way, which has it's own benefits. But if the person is one who can't find their way they fall further and further. And that's where the cycle of poverty comes in. It isn't easy to be poor and to not have the ability to organize ones thinking and actions.

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Jan-26-14 12:16 PM

This is exactly what public assistance was (should be) intended for! Great story and more people should follow suit instead of making public assistance a career choice!

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Jan-26-14 6:08 PM

Good for you Ms Thompson on working your way out of poverty and into a home of your own. Wonderful story!

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