Living on government assistance

Pattie Mallette, New York Times Best Selling Author, shares advice for parents living on government assistance on how to help your family through the tough time
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Again, everyone's story is so different. Some people are on government assistance for different reasons. I get so moved by people's needs. I know--I've lived it. I've been there--where I had to go to food banks, and I had to live in government housing, and on assistance. I recently started a foundation to help with people in that situation. My foundation is called Round 2. The idea is that when you get knocked down in "Round 1" of life, there's Round 2. I want to be able to help people that suffer with addictions, suicidal tendencies, and depression/anxiety. One of our first initiatives is to help pay for counseling for those that can't afford it.

Pattie Mallette, New York Times Best Selling Author, shares advice for parents living on government assistance on how to help your family through the tough time

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Pattie Mallette

New York Times Best Selling Author, Award Winning Film Producer, & Inspirational Speaker

Pattie Mallette grew up in Stratford, Ontario overcoming unimaginable obstacles in the face of abuse, poverty and an unexpected teen pregnancy. She now uses her voice to inspire others as a bestselling author, producer and influential speaker. In 2012, Pattie published her memoir, Nowhere But Up (Revell), which became a New York Times bestseller within the first week of its release. As an executive producer she worked on “Crescendo,” a short film that received 11 international film festival honors prior to its premier in February 2013. Proceeds of “Crescendo” are being used to support crisis pregnancy centers worldwide, a passion of Pattie’s that grew from her own experience. As a single parent at 18, Pattie was personally assisted by a center, which despite her difficult circumstances enabled her to be the best mother possible to her son, Justin. Continuing her desire to help others give voice to their own stories, Pattie became an executive producer of “Day One,” starring Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls). Set to release in winter 2013, the feature film is inspired by the true story behind the global movement To Write Love on Her Arms.

Pattie recently launched her foundation called Round 2, which seeks to offer a second chance to those who have been knocked down by providing assistance and resources to those in distress. Across all platforms, her authenticity and candidness are magnetic to adolescents and adults alike as she fearlessly brings to light her own wounds and addresses sensitive issues with wisdom and insight.

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