Each year, over 9,000 families come through the doors of Employment Action Center seeking assistance. Most of these families are single parent households, 83%, who find they need help for a number of different reasons and turn to welfare. These are some of their stories.
Kimberly was married for 15 years then divorced. She had a job as an Advertising Executive, but recently became unemployed due to a lay off.
Sandy, a 26-year-old mother of two, ages 3 and 7 months, was in the Army and spent some time in Iraq before suffering a hip injury in a humvee accident.
Mai had her first child when she was 15 and married. Her husband left her last year and she had to go on welfare to support her four children.
Mitch was granted full custody of his children after his divorce. Unfortunately, he could not afford the childcare expenses while he worked and lost his job.
Unita is a 21-year-old pregnant mother with a five-year old daughter. She dropped out of high school after her mother died, and has lived in 6 different foster homes.
Sri is an expectant mother. She had a job as a professional cleaner, but was forced to quit due to the chemicals she had to use and the amount of lifting that was required.
Z is a Somali immigrant who lived in a refugee camp for 5 years. Her husband was killed in 2002. She has 5 children and is currently living with relatives in a two-bedroom apartment.
Valerie was fired from her job, where she had worked for over 10 years, due to absences. She could not come to work because of the injuries her husband inflicted on her on a regular basis.
Last year, Employment Action Center helped over 2,600 parents find new employment and leave the welfare system. With our help, these parents are now able to provide a stable and financially secure home for their children.
Myth: People on welfare just don’t want to work.
71.8% of working age welfare recipients were employed just prior to applying for welfare. Most recipients are young, working age adults. 68% are between the ages of 19 and 34.
Myth: People move to Minnesota to access our great welfare benefits.
An overwhelming majority – 80% – of welfare recipients have held a job in MN within the last 2 years.
Myth: Most welfare recipients are Hispanic and African American.
Most welfare recipients are White (51.6%)
Myth: Welfare is a drain on the government’s budget.
Welfare to Work programs save taxpayers $10,000.00 annually for each successful job placement that eliminates dependence on government support.
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