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Kelly's safety is always Betty's biggest concern. Children aren't allowed in the shelter without parental supervision, so every day after school, Kelly would wander the streets until her mom was done with work.

Betty says she struggled to stay optimistic. "The thing that hurts the most is [people] thinking that you're lazy…that you don't care," she says. "That's so far from the truth. I'm working. I'm dedicated. I'm a good person. I'm a good mom. Just because I'm in a shelter and I'm homeless doesn't mean that I'm a deadbeat."
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FROM: Inside the Lives of People Living on Minimum Wage
Published on April 14, 2006

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