in collaboration with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
From: Janet N., Fergus Falls, MN
I live on retirement and a part-time job, and need to watch my pennies. What would be helpful is a short-term support and encouragement group, made up of people from all economic levels, that meets once or twice a month to discuss best buys or grocery sales flyers coming out soon. Perhaps we'd also help with babysitting while a mother in the group is grocery shopping for the best buys discussed, or even accompany the young mother as she shops. I'm thinking that this group would help one another with food, clothing, transportation to employment, and shelter -- the basics. Other expenses can potentially be saved for.
One other thing to consider is the attitude of the person who is in poverty regarding being poor -- whether there's "entitlement" in their attitude. I believe that this feeling of deserving help worsens people's poorness.