from the back cover of the videotape....

Lupe (Cyra Gomez) has three kids and a household to run and when her welfare check is cut short, she's stunned. What do I do now? Don't these people know I have kids to feed? Lupe can't put her mind on anything else. Angry, scared, and frustrated, she embarks on a mission to get her benefits back. With help from friend, Brenda (Latania Lewis), an employment counselor (Casey Jones-Bastiaans), and single dad, Charles (Ali Phelps), Lupe happily discovers much more than she hoped to find. Narrated by "Miss Laura" (Laura Hayes of Comic View) as an ever-present sage who comments on Lupe's every turn.

For personal counseling, support
groups, or recovery services, please
call 800-491-9099. To obtain a copy of
this P.S.A., call 510-451-7099.

Filming Locations —

Oakland, Alameda County: Chrysalis Center, 3845 Telegraph at MacArthur. Mandana House, 3989 Howe Street at 40th. World Trust, 5920 San Pablo Avenue at 59th Street. Residential neighborhood on Alice Street at 17th.

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This is a kitchen at the Chrysalis Center,
3845 Telegraph Avenue at MacArthur.
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This location is a kitchen at the Mandana Recovery Center, 3989 Howe Street near Piedmont Avenue.
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Though it's supposed to be a different location, this is actually the next room over from the Mandana kitchen.
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Miss Laura Hayes is a well-known stand-up
comedian and actress.
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I'm not sure about this location since I think it was done during Additional Photography several weeks afterwards.
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The World Trust on San Pablo Avenue at 59th Street was made to look like a recovery center.
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This was on Alice Street at 17th in Downtown Oakland.
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That's me, Scott Trimble, in the credits!
I was the Key Set Production Assistant.
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This bus stop bench was photographed on 1 Mar 2000 on Telegraph Avenue at 29th Street, Oakland, CA.
There are various other versions throughout the city and in Berkeley.

Change is Hard (1999, TV)
CAST: Laura Hayes, Cyra Gomes, Joyce Jeffrey, Diana Tenes, Kimberly Delmer....
PRODUCER: Tisha Kenny, Colette Winlock
DIRECTOR: Shannon Kenny

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