Low-Wage America: Joanna Veres

Single Mother Strives for Better Life in Maine

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Joanna Veres and her daughter Janaillie

Joanna Veres and her daughter Janaillie in Portland, Me. Noah Adams, NPR hide caption

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NPR's Noah Adams relates the story of Joanna Veres, 19, and her 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Janallie. She came to this country from the Dominican Republic when she became pregnant, moving in with relatives in Florida and later in New Jersey, then to Maine.

She moved to Portland to live with a sister, finished high school, and after several months on Welfare has found a job as a reservation clerk with a national hotel chain.

In the meantime, even though she loves having a child, she regrets not being able to go out dancing, and says her 49-year-old mother in Florida is having the sort of life that Joanna once dreamed of.



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