We are living in a society that assumes we are lazy, poorly educated, and entitled. That I need welfare and safety net programs because I don’t want to work, or I’m too senseless to seek a job that pays more, or worse—I expect everything provided without the effort. Of my working years, I’ve spent more time working more than one job than I have just one job. Before I had my first son, I worked 3. I helped manage a gas station, I was a home health aide for a terminally ill elderly woman, and I often worked shifts at other gas stations for the chain. During that time, I worked an average of 112-120 hours per week. Continue reading Being Millenial: The Struggle of Being Hard-Working, Educated, and Skilled in a Society that Assumes You Aren’t
My ability to serve should never be determined by my gender identity. America is a place where anyone desiring to serve their country can do so and is encouraged to. When did that change?
Writers Note: I met Jasmyn King years ago through her work at Later Gator restaurant in Wheeling – I immediately admired her spirit and energy. Jasmyn’s story is nothing short of inspiring. She has worked hard to overcome many challenges all without losing her optimism and sense of humor. She is known at Later Gator … Continue reading Jasmyn King: Poverty in Perspective
I first met Ellen in July of 2017 at the inaugural Ohio Valley Pride Parade. I met her again almost exactly one year later as a new addition to the OVP Board. I have been astounded by her courage, wit, and passion for advocacy. Ellen’s community leadership and perseverance have made indelible marks on the Ohio Valley. I … Continue reading Faces of Change: Ellen McCroskey
“I feel that most people believe if you work hard you won’t be poor, but that’s just not the case. When you are born into a certain class, it is very difficult to advance to the next class, especially if you don’t have the proper tools or education.” Continue reading Faces of Change: Stacy Nixon – Second Chance Technology.
“Experiencing poverty has made me a very humble person. I know what it’s like to be at rock bottom and will never forget what that felt like. It humbles you and keeps you in check with what other people’s realities may be.” Continue reading Kasie Chastain: Poverty in Perspective
People think persons in poverty are all drug addicts but that’s not always true. Oftentimes people can’t get a job because they don’t have an address or look presentable. Continue reading Misty S. Poverty in Perspective
I spoke with Austin about his experience using public assistance and what he would like to see in his future. Here are his thoughts. What do you believe would help people in poverty overcome economic challenges? “People in Poverty need more resources, especially people like myself with high functioning autism. I want to unlock my … Continue reading Austin A. Poverty in Perspective.