During the week of December 3, 2012, WUOT Producers Matt Shafer Powell and Leslie Snow introduced us to a group of people often underrepresented in discussions about entitlements and employment. Without A Net: Voices of the Working Poor highlighted the lives of six East Tennesseans for whom hope is often an unaffordable luxury.
Holly and Kay are good friends and roommates locked in a constant struggle to keep a handle on their expenses.
Rusty is unable to drive because of a visual disability and relies on buses to get her back and forth to her job at Walgreen's.
Dhafer's family left Iraq when someone planted a bomb in their garden. Today, he's working part-time at a home improvement store while he looks for work as a civil engineer.
Robin delivers newspapers overnight and spends her days taking care of her growing family.