After earning her bachelor's degree in 1996, Monique embarked on a rewarding career working with people who have various types of disabilities. Her work, along with being a mother of two young children, kept her busy helping others. After finally leaving an abusive marriage, Monique found herself raising her children on her own. Although she was still determined to be independent, Monique was faced with unexpected health challenges for both herself and one of her children.
Frank’s part-time work allows him to help people and keep busy, but it is also a necessity for his family. His wife struggles with several worsening medical conditions, and the extra income is essential to help with daily expenses. Frank states, “Social security may seem like a lot at first, but it's not, really, after you add the cost of medical co-pays and the other necessities of life.”