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One woman's Labor Day dream: Getting a 'real' job

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Riva Neal works for the city sanitation department in order to receive welfare

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Working for welfare: Riva Neal talks about her experiences inside the New York City program.
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September 6, 1999
Web posted at: 10:29 p.m. EDT (0229 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- As part of sweeping changes in welfare, many folks are now forced to work in order to continue getting their relief checks.

Advocates for welfare recipients say there are 65,000 people participating in the work experience program in New York City, the largest in the nation.

Riva Neal moved to New York a few years ago to be with a sick relative. When she couldn't find a job, the welfare office sent her to work in the city sanitation department.

She talks candidly about her experience -- and her dream. Watch this video report for more.



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