Social class in this country is shifting for many people, including Cheryl, a recently laid-off mom and wife. Cheryl says she spent years climbing the corporate ladder. "I was going to do whatever it took to get us to the point to where we didn't have to worry about bills," she says.

At one point, Cheryl and her husband were bringing home a combined income of $95,000, but then she lost her job. Without her paycheck coming in, Cheryl's family slid into a downward spiral. Now, she says they're struggling to put food on the table and pay the mortgage on their home.

"Never in a million years did I think that we would be standing in the space that we're in, not having any money in the bank and having no savings," she says. "I feel like we are about to end up on the street."


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