Children are disproportionately affected by poverty.
That is especially true in Memphis, where nearly 40 percent of children live in poverty while the overall poverty rate in Memphis is 24.6 percent.
Of the children living in poverty nationwide, more than 66 percent live in single-parent families. Here at Catholic Charities, we know that we can often help the second generation in poverty by providing help and guidance to the parents.
Many of the clients of Catholic Charities are single mothers in difficult situations. One woman came to us recently, pregnant and homeless, fleeing an abusive relationship.
Thankfully, we were able to pay for emergency housing for the client until we could arrange for safe and stable housing. Now, the woman is part of our Driving the Dream program, a United Way-funded program that helps clients move from poverty to self-sufficiency.
In this program, a care coordinator or social worker provides guidance to clients and helps them determine what their goals are and what obstacles are standing in the way of achieving those goals.
We look forward to seeing what goals the newest participant in Driving the Dream will set and how we can provide support as she works toward achieving her goals.
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