Gwen & Glen: EITC Belongs to the Kids

Gwen and Glen live in Candler, NC and have two children: a 19 year-old daughter and 14 year-old son. They have received the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for the past 18 years, “since my daughter was born,” says Gwen.  They have spent their careers in the medical field, Gwen as a Certified Nursing Assistant for the past 20 years, while ...

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Sanjuana’s Story: Earned Income Tax Credit Helps Family Stability

Sanjuana is a resident of Buncombe County, NC and lives with her husband and three children – two girls aged 8 and one boy aged 2. Sanjuana’s husband works in landscaping and during the lean winter months, her family would get behind in paying bills.  For the past seven years, Sanjuana and her family have relied on the Earned Income Tax ...

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Tammy’s Story: Getting Around Town on Transit

Tammy is a single mother of a 19 month-old little girl. She is a “non-elective” bus rider, in that she rides the bus out of necessity rather than choice. Sometimes she is able to catch rides with her sister or friends, but the majority of her transportation needs are met by riding the city transit system. “I always use public ...

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Jasmine’s Story: A Journey From Homeless to Housing

Jasmine knows first hand that safe, affordable housing is a challenge to find for families in Asheville – and how foundational a place to call home is for family success. When she was 12 year old, she moved with her mother and brother to Buncombe County. They shared a small trailer with her grandparents. But that situation didn’t last and ...

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Stretching the Food Dollar

Brandy is the proud mother of three girls ages 21, 15 and 16. The two youngest are on the honor roll at Erwin High  School, “I hang up their Honor Awards on the wall, so they can see it every day,” she says with a smile on her face. Brandy comes in to the Children First/CIS Family Resource Center at Emma (FRCE) to get an occasional food ...

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Stretching the Food Dollar and Food Pantries: Part 2

Meet Brandy, a single mother of three teenage girls – all successful students at Buncombe County schools. While she is proud of their academic accomplishments, she worries about keeping balanced meals on the table due to the recent cuts to her families’ nutrition assistance.  “I had $36 dollars cut from my food benefits, and that ...

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