Public Aide Office
"I hope we don't be in this place long, I just hope we don't, " I said impatiently. "We shouldn't, we coming early, " Bernie said entering the parking lot. "Man, I just hate coming up here, God knows I do. But I know I really need that Link card for me and our baby though, " I said. "Me too right? I can't get no snacks?" He asked. "Nope, it's just for me and Kiki, " I said. "Ight, " he said looking disappointed. "I'm just fucking with you, " I said humorously getting out of the car. Man, this line long is hell, " I said. "This line always be long coming up here early, " he said. "You think I should of came up here by myself?" I asked. "Naw, this is 75th Street, it's bad around here, " he said. "Just imagine me, coming down here by myself with my tight clothes on, " I said. "Yeah you go get raped if you do that down here or any bad area, " he informed. "Awe yeah, " I said. 30 minutes later we enter the building. A big woman security guard appointed us towards the line section for those who need Snap benefits. When we approached the desk, there was a light skin heavy set woman who handed me some papers and a clip board. "Please sign and field these sheets out, " the woman said. "Damn, this is a lot of papers, " I said. "That's how it is to get food in the house, I know it's a lot baby, but it's not go take you long, just take your time filling them out, if you need me to help you with some questions at the end that you don't understand, I can help you," the woman informed. "Okay, thank you, " I said. "You're welcome, " the woman said. 10 minutes later I filled out the questions I understood and left some questions blanked that I did not understand. I slowly walked to the woman's desk and handed her the forms. "I need help on some questions, " I said. "Okay, " the woman replied. "How many people is there in your household?"How many people in your house receiving snap?, " The woman asked. "Just me and my daughter, " I said. "Okay and..." And awe I forgot, I messed up on the address, I wanna change that address on there, " I said. "Why? The woman asked having a confused look on her face. "I had put Muskegon Ave, that's my mother's address, I wanna changed that to a to Chapel Ave, " I said. "You would have to complete another form, " the woman said. "Whose address is that?" The big lady security guard asked joining the conversation. "It's my boyfriend's address. I want the Link card mailed at his house instead of mines, " I said. "That is fraud, " the security guard informed. "We can not do that ma'am, you can go to jail for that, " the woman informed. "How is that fraud?" I asked getting angry. "That is against law, " the woman said. "I know what you trying to do, you trying to have that boy take all yo food stamps, and yo mama trying to help you out, and you go do her like that, " the lady security guard said in a aggressive voice. "FIRST OF ALL, YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW ME, DON'T MAKE ME GO OFF ON YOU, CAUSE I WILL, " I said in a very loud voice. "I'm done with this conversation, " the security guard said. "Y'ALL DON'T UNDERSTAND, I HAVE A MOTHER THAT BE CONTROLLING MY MONEY, THAT'S WHY I WANNA GET MY LINK CARD SENT TO ANOTHER ADDRESS, " I said in an aggressive voice that everyone in the building could hear me. "I understand what you are going through ma'am, I've been through the same thing people taking advantage of me by me being disabled, a lot of people has taking advantage of that. I know what it feels like to be used and controlled, " the other woman said in a sincere voice. "Wow, really?" I asked. "Yes I've been through hell with my relatives controlling me and my money, and finally I just had enough and started saving up for my place to get the hell outta there, " the woman said. "Haha, yeah, well I apologize for going off like that, " I said. "That is okay ma'am, I understand, " the woman said. "Thank you, " I said. "Fill this last box out and take a seat and we will call your name shortly after, " she said. 20 mins later they called my name and appointed me to a room where they needed my information for Snap benefits. I had to wait an hour to see if I was able to receive snap benefits. While I was waiting in that office, I was praying to God that I really needed snap to provide for my baby and I, because I did not have much food at home. I was always hungry and I needed a Link Card so bad. "It's just you and your daughter who needs Snap correct?" The young dark skin woman with braid asked. "Yes, " I said. The young woman who looked like she was in her early twenties like I was did not say anything after an hour wait. After the wait, the woman informed me that my baby and I was able to receive a receive snap benefits. Thank God. I got my Link Card before I headed out the door. "Since you got yo Link Card, we can go to Save A lot, " Bernie requested. "Ain't nothing on here yet, " I said. "What? I thought the money was go already be on there, " he said looking disappointed. "Naw, I don't get no money on here until the 6th of September, " I informed. "How much you go be getting?" He asked. "$272 a month," I said. "That's not bad, let me know when you, " he said. "I gotchu, " I said.