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Maria Shriver's new mission

Maria Shriver Paycheck To Paycheck INTV
Shriver speaks out to AOL.com on her passion project spotlighting mothers on the brink of poverty

It's a story of one mother struggling to survive the day-to-day with her three children even with a full-time job. Katrina Gilbert, a full-time nursing assistant who cares for the elderly, gets paid $9.49 an hour. Though she's been married, the 30-year-old gets no financial support from her ex-husband causing her to scrape every penny she earns to survive.

Gilbert is one of 42 million American women living on the brink of poverty despite working so hard to fulfill their American Dream, according to NBC Special Anchor, Maria Shriver.

Shriver's "The Shriver Report" has teamed with HBO to tell Gilbert's story in an hour-long documentary "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert". The documentary follows the arduous daily life of the Tennesee mom who's only wish is to get her college degree.

Gilbert's story is highlighted in Maria Shriver's latest work partnering the Shriver Report with HBO for an hour-long documentary "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert."

Shriver, also a mother of four, tells AOL.com's Dr. Karen Latimer, why she chose to focus on women like Gilbert. "The goal was really to put a face on those figures," says Shriver, "It's kind of hard to imagine 42 million. What are their lives like? The truth is millions and millions, even more than that, Americans can identify Katrina's life of living paycheck to paycheck. The choices you have to make, how difficult it is. And we wanted to shine a light on women who are doing it all but barely hanging on."

Shriver says that Gilbert surprised her in an unexpected way. "I think what continuously surprises me is how positive women like Katrina are and how inspiring she is and how hopeful," Shriver said. "When you're around people who have so much more than Katrina and they're complaining, myself included. My cellphone doesn't work, I can't get here... and I watch Katrina it's humbling."

For more on Maria Shriver's HBO documentary "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert" head over to HBO.com or ShriverReport.org to watch the full film for free. And for more conversations like this one, visit AOL.com

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suegsfo March 19 2014 at 2:18 AM

Not everything a Kennedy does is good - or bad. However, Ms. Shriver has always functioned as an erudite journalist telling stories that should be told. To denigate her work because of her wealth or family ties is not fine. Her work as California's first lady was exemplary and she has never dwelt on her treatment by an avaricious spouse that traded on her reputation to give himself dignity. Her work as a journalist has nothing to do with being rich or poor - her work is a reflection of caring and intelligence. Bravo Maria!

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cafebeege suegsfo March 19 2014 at 4:34 AM

sue ........ VERY WELL SAID !!!

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flasheey March 18 2014 at 7:12 PM

Do Not Have HBO to watch this story. I saw a peview and really wanted to watch it but I cannot Not No HBVO.. I did go to ShriverReport.org adn the link says Sorry Not Found.

The main issue here, This is a story that needs to be brought out to everyone not just HBO people. If they have HBO the probably dont know what paycheck to paycheck means. This should be broadcasted on a very large local air station. Does not good if it is kepy in hiding! Thank You.

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dwnrgrv60515 March 18 2014 at 7:28 PM

You have to Sign In first to leave a comment.serable kennedys quite ******* the blood of average Americans

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booboodog March 18 2014 at 7:48 PM


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wlh1923 booboodog March 18 2014 at 8:39 PM

They're call adbots. Computer generated scams

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JANE March 18 2014 at 10:35 PM

A good start would be to make the dead-beat, lazy POS dad start paying child support. I always liked Maria and glad to see her focusing on more positive things. Also putting distance between herself and that idiot, spermanator Ahnold.

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worldlygoods March 19 2014 at 10:30 AM

You wrote: <>
"Who's" is the contraction for "who is". Try "whose". The dumbing down of America...it's everywhere.

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worldlygoods worldlygoods March 19 2014 at 10:32 AM

I see that what I wrote between the << >> didn't show up!
You wrote: The documentary follows the arduous daily life of the Tennesee mom who's only wish is to get her college degree
Who's is the contraction for "who is".....try "whose". The dumbing down of America...it's everywhere.

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maternatura worldlygoods March 19 2014 at 10:40 AM

Thank you! That sort of thing drives me a little nuts, especially when TV journalists screw up the English language. They should know better. A lot of people learn English through the TV so it's an important issue.

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ktz1017 March 19 2014 at 10:23 AM

Don't need to watch it. Lived it.

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dgould497 March 18 2014 at 9:24 PM

Thank you, Maria. I was supporting a family of 8 on ten dollars an hour. I fell further behind every month. Now the family is down to 5. Still struggling but not quite as tense. Feel bad about always saying "no, we can't afford it," but with the help of food stamps we are surviving. I'm living in Florida and making just over 15k annually so I have no insurance and due to Florida's denial of AFC, I won't have any for the foreseeable future. Bad cataracts for the last eight months and just received word that the Lion's Club will help me with that. So, I am thankful for the charities that do help those of us who are doing our best.

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opinionabouteverything dgould497 March 18 2014 at 9:35 PM

Part of the solution is to get Scott out in the next election.

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joycec216 March 19 2014 at 9:24 AM

Why isn't the father paying child support? He has an obligation to pay for his children also.

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cfishernj March 19 2014 at 9:06 AM

We've lived like that, from paycheck to paycheck, for 54 years, but god has always supplied our needs. All of our children finished college and are fine, productive adults. We have been blessed.

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