Getting by in New Jersey
Joquann Montgomery, 29 and his fiancé, LaRae Mayfield, 25 are doing their best to give their three kids a decent shot at life. But in crime-plagued Paterson, N.J., nothing comes easily.
The couple doesn’t let their children play outside, for fear of being caught in neighborhood violence. And like most of their neighbors, the family devotes the majority of their income to rent.
They can’t afford a car and spend more than three hours a day on public transportation. Joquann travels to his job as a community college security guard and does weekend service as part of the National Guard. LaRae works part-time and is a full-time student, working toward her associate degree so she can become a drug and alcohol counselor.
We have created a donation page on CrowdRise so the Montgomerys can pay overdue bills and buy a used car so they can shorten their commutes and spend more time with their kids.