Candace Jenkins fought back tears as she spoke to fellow graduates from Virginia’s SNAP Employment & Training Pilot project on Friday. As she talked about the emotional lows of being unemployed, Jenkins covered her face and cried.
She quickly regained her composure.
“You have all the energy in the world to find a job, to want the job, but you just can’t get the job,” Jenkins said. “So you have other people that look and you and say ‘well you’re not doing anything, you’re not doing the footwork.’
“They don’t understand that you have been dealt cards where you’re trying hard but you don’t get nothing in return.”
Jenkins said it was during one of these low periods...