CalWORKs Says No… Extended Family Says Yes to Single Working Mom
Woodland Hills, CA – December 4, 2012 – Jasmine Pérez is a hard working single mother of a wonderful 7 year old boy named JJ who she supports on her own. She gets no support financially or physically from JJ’s father. Jasmine was participating in the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program (CalWORKs). CalWORKs is a government welfare program that gives cash aid and services to eligible needy California families. Fortunately for Jasmine, she found a job as a receptionist/clerk at Tarzana Treatment Centers. Unfortunately, as soon as she began working CalWORKs immediately terminated all assistance they were providing to her family. Jasmine said, “I feel like the county punishes responsible mothers who actually want a better life for themselves and their children. It was like they didn’t want me to work. I was being rewarded and encouraged not to work and being penalized for working. I understand they can’t just give money to everyone, but I am not making a lot of money and I thought they could have simply provided less assistance to us and not cut us off entirely. All we really needed was a little time to adjust to the additional costs of working (I needed new clothes, there were transportation costs and childcare expenses), but we weren’t given any time. Just cut off because I got a job. At first I thought I’d be better off quitting so CalWORKs would continue to help us, but I didn’t like the message it would send to my son. He needs to know that mom works to support him.”
Fortunately for Jasmine Pérez, she found a charity called Extended Family. According to Mark Carmer, the founder of Extended Family, “we assist those single parents who are employed and working hard for their families, but find it’s still not enough. Our current government programs are not designed to provide aid to those who are trying to better themselves. Single parents, who are employed in an effort to improve the lives of their children, often fail to qualify for government or charitable assistance because they are earning an income. Extended Family believes these are the people who should be supported the most. We believe in helping those who are alone and working hard to help their family. Being a good single parent is tough enough, but being a good single parent with limited financial resources and little or no support from family or friends is almost impossible. Extended Family tries to make it a little easier.” Mark Carmer also stated that “100% of donations received by Extended Family go directly towards assisting single parent families. No donation money is used for the cost of offices, phones, supplies, postage, administrative costs or any other expense not directly related to assisting a family in need.”
Extended Family was able to assist Jasmine Pérez and her son by paying for Jasmine’s past due student loans, working with the West Valley Boys and Girls Club for transportation and after school programs for JJ, and giving her some money to buy new school clothes and necessities for her son JJ. Additionally, Extended Family gave Jasmine some cash so she could make this a wonderful Christmas for JJ and have a little peace of mind for herself.
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