"I'm on welfare and so ashamed ..."

It's hard to admit how shameful and embarrassing government assistance can be. Whisper is there to listen

Published September 11, 2015 11:00PM (EDT)


Whisper is a social network where men and women can express their deepest feelings anonymously. Below, people talk about what it's like to receive government assistance: the hard grind of poverty, the fear of being judged, the shame of having to rely on others. But there's something else as well: resilience in the face of hardship, and a belief that things will get better.

I'm on welfare but I work two jobs. I don't smoke, drink, or do drugs. I'm a mom-to-be and I just need a little help staying on my feet right now. I'll get off soon!

I'm on welfare and so ashamed...But every cent goes to bills and diapers, while I go to school to make a life for myself and my son.

I'm on welfare but am  too embarrassed to tell any of my friends or my boyfriend because they all live privileged lives. I hate them for it everyday

I use food stamps and I make sure there is no one behind me in line to see me swipe the card

I've been trying to find a job for over a year, I'm on welfare living on $200 a week, I'm living in poverty. I'm seriously considering doing camming or selling my underwear online.

I get food stamps and I'm ashamed. I try to buy the cheapest things possible so I won't be judged.

Don't judge me because I get food stamps.  You don't know that I work 2 jobs, that I just got out of an abusive relationship, that I am doing the best I can.

I hate being looked down on because I'm on welfare. I work and go to school but being a single mom isn't easy!!

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