"You have to let that pride go, and you have to do what you have to do for you and your family," said Shamike Crutchfield.
Shamika Crutchfield is a single mom of five and a construction worker by trade.
"So why not? Amazon... Amazon Girl," said Elizabeth Demarest.
That is the name of Demarest's first book. She grew up in the Amazon helping her family build churches and homes for people who had nothing.
"Our kids need to give back to our community. Our community really supports them. I want my kids to understand that when you ask for help, you'll receive it," said Michelle Perk, a teacher at Southeast Middle School.
More than 100,000 children in Louisiana live with their grandparents. But those grandparents often fight for years with the state, and go broke in the process of trying to keep their families together.