Secret Millionaire Diary: Day 4—Working Class

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Food Pantry goods ready to be distributed

(Read more about our Secret Millionaire contest and catch up with Emily’s post from Friday.)

I met a broken woman today while volunteering. I was brought to tears to see how much this lady was hurting emotionally.

She told me her story about how she’s worked in a factory since she was 13 years old, and how her parents instilled in her that you are worth what you can contribute to your family. While working this year, she was seriously injured when a large machine roller fell on her back. She is currently out of work and drawing a tiny workman’s compensation check of only $180 per week. Jobs in our area pay so little that the normal salary, let alone the percentage salary that is offered in workman comp cases, just isn’t enough to live off of.

She was depressed and feeling worthless because she can no longer work to support herself and was embarrassed to visit the pantry for assistance. She explained to me that she had visited the department of family and children services and they denied her assistance because she drew “too much money” from her workman’s compensation for a single woman with no children.

It’s hard to explain how much hurt I felt for this lady; you would have to have seen her face to understand the pain and lack of self-worth. I referred her to a partner program that could offer her counseling and possible medication for her condition. I hope that she got herself some help.

And again, this makes me angry with government programs that are supporting people who are simply taking advantage of the system while they refuse to help people that work but are down on their luck, and those who are trying desperately to support themselves.

Read all of Emily’s posts so far.

Day 1: Shock And Devastation

Day 2: Frustration And Disbelief

Day 3: Cross Paths

Image credit: Phil_g on Flickr

  • Fourlifejesus

    I agree. The system is broken and instead of fixing what is broken they are trying to add another program which will eventually become broken as well. Hard working people who are really trying to make it in life are denied the service they pay into while working. Then people who do nothing use the system and are getting paid to. I believe you are entitled to use the system if you have had a job and paid into it a certain amount. I think this will force people to get a job. 

    Who cares what job you get, just work. Every person working a job makes our world run smoothly. That is what matters. The feeling of self-worth is important and necessary to keep moving forward. I too hope she got help. I don’t know where you are from but here is Jacksonville, Fl there are womens centers who offer counseling services for free. They also offer food pantry’s and women’s, children’s, and infant items for free.

  • Fourlifejesus

    I agree. The system is broken and instead of fixing what is broken they are trying to add another program which will eventually become broken as well. Hard working people who are really trying to make it in life are denied the service they pay into while working. Then people who do nothing use the system and are getting paid to. I believe you are entitled to use the system if you have had a job and paid into it a certain amount. I think this will force people to get a job. 

    Who cares what job you get, just work. Every person working a job makes our world run smoothly. That is what matters. The feeling of self-worth is important and necessary to keep moving forward. I too hope she got help. I don’t know where you are from but here is Jacksonville, Fl there are womens centers who offer counseling services for free. They also offer food pantry’s and women’s, children’s, and infant items for free.

  • Fourlifejesus

    I agree. The system is broken and instead of fixing what is broken they are trying to add another program which will eventually become broken as well. Hard working people who are really trying to make it in life are denied the service they pay into while working. Then people who do nothing use the system and are getting paid to. I believe you are entitled to use the system if you have had a job and paid into it a certain amount. I think this will force people to get a job. 

    Who cares what job you get, just work. Every person working a job makes our world run smoothly. That is what matters. The feeling of self-worth is important and necessary to keep moving forward. I too hope she got help. I don’t know where you are from but here is Jacksonville, Fl there are womens centers who offer counseling services for free. They also offer food pantry’s and women’s, children’s, and infant items for free.

  • Fourlifejesus

    I agree. The system is broken and instead of fixing what is broken they are trying to add another program which will eventually become broken as well. Hard working people who are really trying to make it in life are denied the service they pay into while working. Then people who do nothing use the system and are getting paid to. I believe you are entitled to use the system if you have had a job and paid into it a certain amount. I think this will force people to get a job. 

    Who cares what job you get, just work. Every person working a job makes our world run smoothly. That is what matters. The feeling of self-worth is important and necessary to keep moving forward. I too hope she got help. I don’t know where you are from but here is Jacksonville, Fl there are womens centers who offer counseling services for free. They also offer food pantry’s and women’s, children’s, and infant items for free.