Lisa, Salt Lake, Utah
Interview By Sasha Abramsky | Posted Monday June 18, 2012Download MP3 Audio (Right Click this link & select Save)
Four years ago, at the start of the recession, “Lisa,” a college educated divorcee, lost her well-paying job as an analyst for a retail packaging company. Despite her unemployment checks, she ran out of money, lost her home, her car, and her health insurance. Middle-aged and broke, with two grown daughters also out of work, Lisa tried to reinvent herself by moving from Salt Lake City to Boulder, Colorado, where she had several friends. In Colorado, too, she found the job market tight. She returned to Utah. Within months, she had turned to prostitution to pay her bills and keep herself from homelessness. Here, she describes a situation she had never imagined she would find herself in.
Sonja from Oklahoma on Sunday January 13, 2013:
I am confused by the definition of poverty used in this story. To me poverty means that you have no money for food or shelter. To me this story sounds more like a series of poor judgement calls than poor financial status.If you make $50k per year you are not poor. Here is some advice that may help you. 1. move to a place that you can afford, either get a roommate or rent a place that isn’t so expensive. 2. Contact your health care provider and see if you can make arrangements to pay lower payments or possibly even offer a settlement. 3. Change your perception of what poverty is, once you do it may humble you enough to be grateful for the gifts that you have in your life and will empower you live a victimless life. Hope this helps. Good luck!