As I approached Shawnna, in Tampa, I could tell that she was going to ask for a handout. Sure enough, she asked for help in affording lunch. Shawnna has been waiting six months for a disability check. She has seven “messed up” discs in her back. Shawnna had fallen, hitting her head, and was left with brain damage and psychiatric symptoms.
Originally, she was from West Virginia, and came to Tampa four years ago with her boyfriend. She left him 1 ½ years ago when he became abusive. For all of this negativity in her life, Shawnna was smiling and seemed happy the entire time.