Helping those facing poverty
Thanks to writer Winston Skinner for his front page article "What's poor like?”
Carolyn McKinley pretty much sums it up with her statement, "Once you're in the poverty cycle, it's hard to get out of it." And that it is vitally important to "help them to find resources and break that cycle."
Neither as a child nor as an adult have I ever known true poverty, but I have experienced hard times.
However, I am fortunate to belong to a great immediate and extended family who are always there for each other. If we are in a situation where we are in dire need of $10, $100, $1000, or even more, we know we can depend on one another. We know we can always find food and shelter.
Many families are not so blessed. Among these are some from one segment of our society who are only two generations or less removed from the depravities of segregation and six generations or less removed from the ravages of slavery.
Although some have been able to achieve the American Dream, others are still suffering to some extent from these past conditions.
Not limited to these, there are people who have no one to turn to if they are in need of, say, $100 for a new tire.
Even if a person has some education and is willing to work, they need a job and transportation to that job. In the meantime, they also need food, clothing and lodging.
This is where the need for outside help comes in.