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Poverty Hits Families Especially Hard


Families of four are hit especially hard in this economy. Several days ago shocking numbers were released on poverty in America. An Oregon family of four talks about the challenges they face. “Right now, we’re just trying to make it through, I mean, there’s not much else.” Natea Captain fits neatly into that family of four poverty statistics. She’s a single mom with three kids who wants to complete her education, and become a teacher. “I want to stay on the straight an narrow and take care of my children, on my own and not depend on anybody or anything else. But you can’t always make it on your own.” She’s getting help from Human Solutions for the Basics, but her biggest need is child care fro her children, so she can complete her education and get a job. “You’re stuck. If you don’t have a job you can’t survive. If you don’t have childcare you can’t have a job. And it’s so expensive, you work just to pay your babysitter.” Captain says that vicious cycle will remain as long they keep making cuts in childcare benefits for families living in poverty. People struggling in Central Oregon will get some help Saturday, September 24th from 9 to 4 p.m. "Project Connect" is at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and it offers health and other vital services to anyone in the tri-county area who needs it. Last year they served about 3,000 people.

 

 

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