Deana is 24 years old, with two young children (4 and 6 yrs), and left their abusive father about 8 mo ago. (He works in construction on/off, she doesn’t want contact with him). Deana got her GED after she had her son, took a couple of nursing classes at the community college, and is currently working as a waitress - uneven hours and uneven pay.
Deana thinks she’ll maybe make between $5,000 - 10,000 this year. She pieces together childcare (sister, mother, friends). She is currently living with her sister, but not really a great situation. She is often late with rent and utilities.