One Crisis Away brings the underlying forces of poverty into focus
January 25, 2018 by Blandin Foundation
Many of us are just one crisis away from poverty. Illness, job loss or death of a partner are just a few situations that can leave a person spinning with little hope to slow the spiral.
Yet, many see those in poverty as less than; as people who choose to be in their situation. These are the stereotypes and misconceptions that the One Crisis Away campaign hopes to dispel.
Throughout February, Itasca area nonprofits Circles of Support, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank and Kootasca Head Start will host several educational opportunities and trainings for the communities to “broaden understanding of why poverty continues to exist and grow.”
In a recent Mesabi Daily News article, Circles of Support Executive Director Alice Moren said,”Most people never expected to be in poverty. They never planning on being homeless or near it. They never meant to be waiting in line at the food bank or losing their electricity. While these people struggle day in and day out, many others are just one crisis away from needing government assistance.”
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