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In this reading Christopher Jencks proceeds to decipher the ongoing struggle of single mothers and their survival on welfare and low-wage work Making Ends Meet discusses that almost all poor single mothers supplement their regular income with some combination of off-the-books employment and money from relatives lovers and the fathers of their children According to this excerpt irregular income has a dramatic effect on our picture of welfare mothers economic status Some state that helping single mothers would just make them more numerous and rest the blame on them for the nations social problems Conservatives who share these viewpoints also believe that it is imperative to reduce the statistics of single mothers than to reduce material hardship Jencks 1999 My position is I do not concur with conservatives beliefs that helping single mothers will increase them in numbers However I do agree there is a long unsettled struggle with the welfare system and the single mothers of America but the only way to overcome this obstacle would be to present some aid or relief It seems that there is no bona fide method to advance in those situations I had a comrade who was on welfare and lived in a Section 8 apartment complex It seemed that all her focus was on how to better herself only to be knocked down and discouraged She had a child of whom she received no support of any kind from the father had no mode of transportation and although she was a high school graduate had no real skill Not having transportation was the one avenue keeping her from attaining a steady job and becoming a reliable employee I thought I was the answer to her tribulations and often went out of my way to be of assistance to her especially when she needed funds or a ride As it turned out I was not the help that she needed She needed her own mode of transportation and
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