Loretta A. Ragsdell asks:

Keosha Bellman

“I think I am doing better. Last year, I was homeless. I didn’t have a job, a house, nothing. Now, I have a job, a home, a child on the way and a good man. I’ve built my own family and everything is much better.”

Dapoma Radcliff

“Worse off, because the economy is still messed up, and jobs are slow. I’m not working now, because I had to quit because I didn’t have a babysitter.”

Marie Howard

“This time last year, I was happy and going for everything I know. Emotionally, I am a little messed up. Financially, I’m not doing great at all. I’m having problems this year.

Our neighborhood ain’t getting no better. We can’t make no money, because our neighborhood has gotten worse. It’s like walking through a war zone. Things have gotten worse since we got a new mayor and new police.”

Bridget Rivers

“There hasn’t been a lot of change, but I am doing better off this year.”

Cynthia Grady

“There is really no change. I mean, financially it’s still the same. I have my health of course, and I’m thankful for that. Other than that, still no change, still not working, still hard to find a job. I think I might have been a little better off last year.”

Delvin Henderson

“I’m doing much better. This year my babies have a tree. I’m going to get presents to put under there. I have a 5-month-old baby that I am so loving. I lost a baby, that’s why I haven’t been able to celebrate Christmas, because it was around this time that she died. Now, I’m able to celebrate it, and my kids are able to enjoy it. I’m living in a house instead of an apartment, and God has blessed me so much, and I just pray that he keeps blessing me and everyone around me.”