Jenice Grinstead, age 58, picks fruit from the citrus trees in her backyard to give to her neighbors. She says her faith and helping others is the way she gets by in tough times. A single mom, she was laid off from her accounting job where she worked for more than a decade and earned $28 an hour. She is now in danger of losing her house and has taken in a boarder to make ends meet. She fears the direction in which the country is headed. “The true American dream is, was religious freedom. We came here to be able to come together to be able to worship God, to be able to raise our families, to be the best that we can be at what we were doing. And they were hard working; that’s the backbone of this country…we’ve lost the American dream and it’s been replaced with plastic, with a false sense of security and a credit card.”
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Resources"Included in this group [the underrclass] are individuals who lack training and skills and either experience long-term unemployment or are not members of the labor force, individuals who are engaged in street crime and other forms of aberrant behavior, and families that experience long-term spells of poverty and/or welfare dependency."
- The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy, by William Julius WilsonInvestigate