She was broken. Life was basically one big fog of depression, just going through the motions to make sure what had to get done was done. Each “no” became validation of what she already thought to be true. Before long, she was dependent on the system just to maintain any sense of a home. Month after month when her EBT card was refilled a bit more of the pride she once held was stolen.
She heard the whispers and knew what people said about her. Even the people that were supposed to love her or claimed to be her champion.
“She’s too lazy”
“She just wants others to support her”
“What a loser!”
“If she just tried, she wouldn’t be where she is now”
“She’s probably an addict”
Yeah, she heard it all and before long she started to believe she was some lazy worthless loser... [read more]
I received a text message yesterday from one of our veteran clients enrolled in the "Roadmap to Success" program and it nearly brought me to tears. “I no longer qualify for TANF” That’s it, six simple words that broke me down in the best way possible and proved to me that this dream turned reality is truly touching lives and making the community better for all of us.
“North Carolinas Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, called Work First, is based on the premise that parents have a responsibility to support themselves and their children. Through Work First, parents can get short-term training and other services to help them become employed and self-sufficient, but the responsibility is theirs, and most families have two years to move off Work First Family Assistance... [read more]
2-14 Connect is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization serving the Fayetteville/Ft Bragg community and surrounding areas. We are a group of veterans working to empower others to turn their stories of struggle into stories of success. Although that journey takes on a different form for each unique situation. Participation in any of our programs is completely voluntary, the goal remains the same… to connect veterans with the resources they need, help them successfully find employment to support their families, and encourage them to give back to the community they call home.
With the above goal in mind, 2-14 Connect has two key program areas:
Veterans Services – All programs are designed for and exclusive to just those that either are currently or have served in the United States military regardless of branch or discharge status.
Community Services – These programs are our way of giving back and connecting to the community we have come to know and love... [read more]