mental illness

Feeding the Family by Rosemary Werring

It's frightening to be poor. It's much more frightening when you have a family with five young children. My husband's mental illness had exacerbated into schizophrenia. He'd applied for Social Security Disability, which was then -- as now -- slow at being approved. We had to accept welfare from the New York City Department of Social Services.
Feeding the family was difficult. In the 1970's, with food stamps, coupons, and careful shopping, we just about managed.

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