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FaDSS: Two Income, One Income

Bobbi and Robert are parents of two children. They became involved with the Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) program when Robert lost his job due to a disability.

“We went from a two-person income to a one-person income. It’s a big drop.”

In addition to the drop in income, Bobbi and Robert also struggle with their respective work-life balances.

Bobbi: “It’s rewarding I guess to go to work everyday and know that I’m providing for my family, but it’s challenging because I spend so much time at work and I feel like I’m missing out on my family. What about you?”

Robert: “Just the opposite.”

Families in the FaDSS program work with a Certified Family Development Specialist who assists them in a number of ways including goal setting and acting as a referral for various programs and resources that help meet the families’ needs.

“Personally, we love having Kim come in because, if we don’t know something then she’s really good about making sure that she finds out the answer for us. If she doesn’t know it and she’s been able to help us figure out different programs that are available to us. And then we have a son who is autistic, so she’s even been able to help us figure out different things to go through to get him the help he needs.”

Although they struggle, Bobbi and Robert are ultimately grateful for the support they receive through FaDSS.

“We appreciate the fact that they have programs like FaDSS available because they do have great people working for them.”

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