Re “Why no shortage of welfare money?” (Letters, Sept. 24): Being raised to believe I could become whatever I wanted to be, I now realize how fortunate I was. My family was not wealthy – our first home was in an old chicken house while my father was going to school. My mother worked for many years teaching school, and eventually my father became a university professor. I went to college to pursue my career with a pick of job offers upon graduation.
After finishing my working years and retiring, I began volunteering with Inter-Faith Ministries. It was an eye-opening experience to work in the food pantry and deliver groceries to the waiting families. Before they could be accepted into the program, families were carefully vetted by Inter-Faith staff, requiring all kinds of documentation. As I assisted in taking groceries to their cars (wagons, bikes, whatever), I realized how many very needy people live in the Modesto area. Coming from a college background, it’s easy to see why they would have difficulties presenting themselves to get a well-paying job. That’s why it’s so difficult to read letters like that from DeEtta Perdue complaining about handouts. There but for the grace of God go I.
Ann Miners, Oakdale