Witter, a mother of four daughters, moved to the District of Columbia in 1999 to seek work after losing her job as a machinist. But even though Witter had earned a paralegal certificate to prepare for a new career, she remained jobless - and ended up sleeping in shelters or on the streets of DC.
the District of Columbia: 即 Washington D.C，华盛顿哥伦比亚特区，也就是华盛顿
In 2006 she decided to draw Social Security benefits. However, the monthly checks varied wildly, from $900 to $300. Believing the checks were wrong, Witter didn't cash them and sought help. “If I just cashed them, who would believe me that they were wrong?” Witter said.
She did not tell her relatives about her situation, out of pride. When one of her daughters found her in DC, Witter told her she had to stay until she got her money.
out of pride：出于自尊心
Jack Turner，who worked for the social welfare,was the one who finally listened to Witter in 2015. Instead of dismissing Witter as crazy, Turner patiently waded through her documents and verified her story.
In June, a Social Security official finally acknowledged Witter's case and wrote her a $999 check — the most that could be written on the spot.
on the spot：立刻，当场;在危险中;处于负责地位
Last week, Witter received her first full payment — $1,464. Witter received a $99,999 Social Security deposit in her bank account on Tuesday. And then she moved into a studio apartment on Capitol Hill.