A 21st Century Journalism Project

Hanging On and Moving On

In Defining The Problem on March 31, 2015 at 5:17 pm

By: Benny Mitchell

In today’s world people across America are struggling to find jobs, food, and other basic necessities. Many people may lack the proper education or may not have the credentials needed to obtain a job with suitable income. Welfare assistance, food banks, or soup kitchens are not necessarily meant to be relied on for long periods of time. These places, as well as some assistance from the community, are very important in helping reduce poverty. The Welfare Office grants people financial help until they hopefully can survive without it, the Second Harvest Food Bank provides and distributes food to the Erie community, and the Emmaus Soup Kitchen provides a free meal to people who cannot afford one six days a week in a welcoming environment. These are just some of the places people go to help get back on their feet, and a program at GECAC called the Workforce Development Area helps develop workplace skills, such as computer skills or resume building, for people of all ages, but mainly older adults. This project is about how the difficulties in finding the proper income to afford basic necessities lead people to places such as the Welfare Office or the Emmaus Soup Kitchen as a stepping stone to helping them get out of poverty. A program such as the one from GECAC can potentially give people a chance to find a job capable of earning a living wage. From hanging on, to living, to moving on, this video is about striving to survive.

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