I am mother of 6 and grandmother of 3. My 2 youngest children are 6 and 12 and I raise them alone. Being a single mother is amazingly rewarding and also very demanding on me as I am a middle aged woman. I am unfortunate to live in such an economically distressed state as well as city, yet I am fortunate enough to have a job and not to have had collected any unemployment in the last 2 1/2 years. Due to my wages I still get assistance from the state, but somehow I always manage to get by. I hope to be able to be a hero more times then I need help :-)Fall 2012 I am in college full-time now in addition to my job. I'm doing all I can to make myself become 100% self-sufficient.