With our first Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World graduation ceremony coming up next week, we're sharing stories from a few of the participants. Meet Rose Belcher-- a hard-working Mom of three who struggles to pay for the basics but still wants to help others.
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Rose Belcher supports her three kids – ages 14, 13 & 9 – by cleaning local businesses and homes.
Because she knows what it's like to live in poverty, she started her own nonprofit to help people “break that cycle.” The Dove Ministries of Union County networks with other local nonprofits and businesses to find jobs and other resources for those in need.
And, often, her family needs help too as she struggles to make ends meet while facing the stress that comes with economic instability.
“If your child is sick and you miss a day of work, that puts you in a really tight spot if you're already living paycheck to paycheck,” Rose said. “It's been interesting to hear examples of what other people worry about: car, childcare, lawyer fees. We're concentrating on the necessities and by the time we're through with the bills – or before we're even done – there's no money left. What's tough for me is never being able to do the 'extras' like going out to dinner or allowing my kids to participate in sports. We just don't have the money.”