"She chose not to carry the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card in her wallet, believing from personal experience that people who entered into the system tended to rely on it forever. 'I'm not wanting to sign over my independence for good,' she said." ["She" refers to Tiara, the daughter.]
Smart girl, she wants to maintain her independence.
"Raphael obsessed over the future of the food stamp program in part because she herself had become a neighborhood safety net, regularly feeding a group of castoffs who called her 'mom.' There were her own children at home: ages 11, 13, 15, 17 and 22, plus a 25-year-old living in Maryland."
Now, I'm all for compassion and helping people out, but you can't really do that when 1) You are relying on other people's money to help you and 2) You can barely feed yourself.
Anthony's experience should be more than enough to get her to want to go to those cooking classes and $13/hr is pretty good."You remember your cousin Anthony?" Raphael asked one day. "He took that class, couldn't fry an egg, and he came out making $13 an hour cooking for the embassies."
"Who cares about embassies?" Tiara said.
"Thirteen an hour. You care about that?"
"No matter how many certificates I get, nobody's hiring. What's the point? I'm tired of trying for these things."
""Thank you, Jesus!" Raphael said on the morning of the 8th, back in the aisles of Save a Lot to purchase her family's groceries for the month, pushing two carts that creaked under the weight of 40 pounds of meat, 12 boxes of cereal, 11 packages of cheese and 75 bottles of juice."
You don't need the juice, just get water. The cereal is also a joke as half the bag is empty. Get rice and beans, that's cheap and will fill you up.