Security Architect with IBM and DC Divas and Team USA Running Back. Glen Burnie, MD.
"As a teen mom, having my son at the age of 18 during my first semester in college, I had no idea how to juggle being a full-time mom, a full-time student, and working enough hours to take care of all the needs of my child. The assistance of foodstamps and SNAP benefits allowed me to put my son in daycare centers while I attended school, feed my son and provide a roof over our heads since my hours of working were limited. I always tell people that whatever it is that your heart desires in life, you CAN and will get it. It's not going to be easy, but when there's a will there's a way. As long as you have faith and God on your side anything is possible. My number one priority as a single mom is to show my son that he needs to strive for more in life, more than high school, and these benefits allowed me to do just that. I was able to stay in school after having my son, and continued on straight through graduation in 2003 with a BS degree in Computer Science. This educational foundation has allowed me to work for wonderful companies such as my present company IBM. In Dec. 2010, I earned my Master's Degree in Information Assurance, becoming the first person in my family to do so! I am currently gold medalist for Team USA women's national football team and consider myself as successful, but if it were not for receiving the foodstamps and SNAP benefits starting out, I wouldn't have achieved any of my accomplishments or been able to give my son the life he deserves."