This story originally appeared on the Black Entertainment Television (BET) website on May 2, 2013. It was written by Joyce Jones. For a complete copy of the article click on the link below to go to the BET website.
Just a few years ago, as millions of Americans struggled to hold onto their jobs, Cincinnati, Ohio, resident Cheriese Lindsey walked away from hers as a hotel housekeeper.
"It was a really crappy job," she said. "So I decided to take a leap of faith so I could build a career."
Initially Lindsey relied on government assistance for housing, food and health care, and took what she described as "odds and ends" work with temporary jobs firms to provide for herself and her young son.
"I wasn't skilled enough to get a job that paid enough to get off of assistance. Nobody was hiring or those that were weren't offering enough hours to make it worth taking the job," Lindsey said.
Click on the link below for the full story.