Addressing Poverty in Our Community

Every community has some of its people living in poverty. And poverty impacts not only the individual and the family, but the entire community. 

In the Community Spotlight at the September Chamber luncheon, Amy Albrecht (Center for a Vital Community at Sheridan College) described a new campaign to address poverty in Sheridan County – working together to formulate ideas for concrete action.

The discussion process began on September 19, when over 50 people gathered to discuss the book they had just read, Bridges to Sustainable Communities: Ending Poverty in America, by Philip E. DeVol. DeVol brings a great deal of enlightenment to understanding the different mindsets and circumstances of different economic classes and the difficulty in bridging those differences. He then goes on to describe a process that could be adopted by a community to keep the discussion going, broaden the number who are involved in the discussion, and develop actionable ideas.  

As the next step, Amy invites the whole community – looking for a real mix of perspectives – to join a “study circles” process of conversation, meeting in small groups once a week for five weeks of understanding, study, and brainstorming. (Here’s more information on how it will work.) The end result will be one concrete plan of action that can make a real difference.

Kickoff sessions for the study circles will be held in three different locations, to maximize the ability for many to attend:

Ranchester/Dayton –
Monday, September 24, 6:30-9:00 pm
Tongue River Valley Community Center in Dayton

Story –
Tuesday, September 25, 6:30-9:00 pm
Story Woman’s Club

Sheridan –
Wednesday, September 26, 6:30-9:00 pm
Sheridan YMCA

The different small groups in each community will then meet at a choice of times and days after that initial meeting. Please come to one of these meetings next week and get involved … or call Amy for more information, 674-6446 Ext 4203.

The Chamber encourages your involvement.

 

 

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