The Poverty Puzzle

When you are living in poverty it is a daily puzzle to figure out how to “make it”. According to the Federal government the poverty level is $25,000 a year for a family of 4 to live “comfortably”. Think about your family…could you live “comfortably” on that amount? In Omaha the percentage of those living at the poverty level (and below) is 15.1%. The national average is 13.4%. That means over 68,000 people are living in poverty.

The largest demographics of those living in poverty are women. The women range in age from 18 years to 44 years, usually single mothers. Many of those living in poverty lack an education (no high school diploma), job skills (expensive), live in high crime or depressed areas (unsafe housing) and often have addictions. Poverty exists in Omaha and Open Door Mission works to help break the cycle that now sees 3rd and 4th generation welfare families. The Timberlake Outreach Center provides gently used and donated clothing, household items, furniture and appliances. Families can come and shop for groceries on a monthly basis. We cannot help others without your help. Please donate your gently used “no longer needed or used” household item and clothing. What you don’t need might be just what someone else does need.





Maggie Cope
Blog Coordinator

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