According to the Portrait's Project - a ground breaking report published by the Washington Area Women's Foundation, Prince George's County, Maryland has the highest concentration of low-income women-headed families in the Washington region, and this concentration is rapidly growing.
The mother described in the first paragraph is a program participant of Virtuous Enterprises, Inc. METT (Mobile Employment Technology Training Program) - a program that teaches homeless women how to achieve economic independence and stability with life skills, and professional and technology training. This mother holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree and was a teacher for Prince George's County, Maryland and is now homeless because she could not afford the basic living expenses accompanied with childcare expenses.
Many of the participants of the METT program hold undergraduate degrees and chose to be stay-at-home mothers; however their husbands left them without financial support for their family. And of course, many of the women at the shelter are victims of domestic violence.
What will it take to decrease or eradicate the growing 'trend of poverty among low-income, headed families in particularly in Prince George's County, Maryland? What will it take for the economical gap between the 'haves' and the 'have nots' to close? What will it take for policy makers to increase the livable wage so that people can live the true American Dream without constantly working to simply pay bills and taxes. What will it take for the general public to move with more compassion and less criticism? It will take all of us to stop and ponder and give thanks for all that we have and to never take life, our health, wealth, or careers for granted. More importantly, it will take all of us to take this social cause to heart, because these women could be you or your Sister Next Door!