Tonya Mohammed, a young single mom in a women’s shelter, works full-time as a health home attendant. She says she loves her job but only makes $200 a week. Her husband left her after he got his green card and doesn’t want to pay child support. She doesnt receive help from her family either. “I’m very strong, I don’t let nothing get me down and if I do fall down I get right back up and movin’. So, I have to. I have a 2 year old, she needs me,” says Mohammed. She has gone through a lot; she was raped at an early age, became a heavy drug user and had a short stint as a prostitute. This is the fifth domestic violence shelter where she has stayed however she says she has finally turned her life around. Her dream now is to become financially stable. She wants to complete her GED so she can go to medical school and become a doctor.

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"Secretiveness is especially common among welfare recipients, almost all of whom have non-welfare income that they conceal from the welfare departments."

- Making Ends Meet: How Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low-Wage Work, by Kathryn Edin and Laura Lein