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Myth: People in poverty are lazy and unmotivated. They want to live off the government.

On September 27, 2019, “Rebecca” walked into my office looking for help. She was struggling with homelessness, unemployment, had medical conditions, and limited family support. I sat down with her and started talking through an action plan. Rebecca said she was told to file for disability due to her medical condition by several people, but she did not want to depend on a Social Security check to provide for her and her son that could be terminated at any time. She was determined not to let her medical condition stop her from succeeding.