'True Life' Check-In: Courtney Wants Out Of Poverty But Can't Get A Job

Today's "True Life" explored the stories of two young people who were doing everything they could to escape poverty. We had an opportunity to check in with them and find out how their lives have changed since filming wrapped. Take a look at the follow-up Q&As below.


How is your mother's couponing habit?

It's gotten a bit better, only due to our financial issues. Since we're not receiving any income she's had to lower her couponing limit. It's still a stressful situation.

What kind of job are you hoping to get for the summer?

I'm looking for any job, from fast food to retail. I have not had any luck securing work, though.

What was it like sharing your story with us?

I've been ashamed and embarrassed of my situation for years. When people know you're broke, it's not easy. But the older I get the more I need to embrace what I have and the lifestyle I live. It's not about how much you have, it's about how you spend it. People in the same situation as my family and I just need to keep pushing and praying for good results.


How's your relationship with Katie?

We get along most of the time, we just worry about Aiden. I don't regret working so hard because if I didn't we wouldn't have made it. I don't think we will get back together, but we have Aiden so we'll always be in each other's lives. Life as a single father is hard, but when I look at my son it makes me strong enough to handle it.

How is work going?

Work is going great. I'll be getting another raise in a little bit. And I'm excelling in everything, and learning a lot along the way. I don't really think about selling anything because I have too much to lose. The path I'm on is leading me places, so I'm going to stay on this one.

Do you regret putting your dog, Capone, to sleep?

I don't regret putting him to sleep but I miss him a lot. Eventually I'll get a dog for Aiden when he is older.

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