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Latest census data finds Newton County poverty on the rise

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Poverty in Newton County rose in 2015 to 14.5 percent from 14.3 percent in 2014, according to recently released census data. Child poverty also rose to 20.7 percent from 20.4 percent in 2014 in the area.  Overall Newton County’s poverty rate is similar to the overall Missouri poverty rate of 14.8 percent in 2015.

Individuals are considered poor if resources they share with others in a household are not enough to meet their basic needs, according to the official census poverty measure. While poverty rate is an important snapshot, Economic Security Corporation believes it’s important to remember poverty is more than a number.

“Poverty is multi-dimensional and unique to each Missouri individual and family who experiences it,” Mr. John Joines, CEO of Economic Security Corporation said. “As a community, we must remember that poverty affects everyone. It impacts our children, our local economies, and our future.”

To combat the causes and conditions of poverty, Economic Security Corporation provides local, direct services to low-income Missourians in Newton County and is a Community Action catalyst.  Economic Security Corporation’s goal is to empower low-income individuals to achieve self-sufficiency, build partnerships through community relationships and community revitalization. Economic Security Corporation works in our communities to build relationships with people and communities.  Here are just a few program success stories that are about families and community relationships.  

Economic Security Corporation’s Transitional Housing for Homeless Families with Children. Angela, a single mother of one child, entered ESC’s Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Families with Children. Angela had spent most of her adult life in the prison system. She has had to overcome many obstacles in her life and was ready to make a change in her life and for her daughter. While in Transitional Housing she worked towards completing Cosmetology school. Angela has a personality that radiates out to people and she has picked the perfect profession as people love to talk to her. Her case manager assisted Angela in applying for Early Head Start, where she worked with an Early Head Start home visitor that helped her develop her family goals. During home visits she would be provided information and activities to promote the intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth of her daughter. Angela’s transportation situation greatly improved when she received a used car from Christ Community United Methodist Church, who sponsors, supports through relationships a family at ESC’s Transitional Housing Program. Besides donating a car to Angela they also served as a good support system for her while she was in the program. She wants to pay it forward someday by donating the car to someone in need when she is able to purchase a newer car on her own. Angela has graduated from Cosmetology school, is working full time in a local salon, and living in permanent housing…working in America.

To find out more about ESC’s success stories, check out our website.

This is how Economic Security Corporation has helped people and change lives throughout the Agency’s more than 50-year history.

“We hope that this holiday season, our community makes a difference for those in need by,  you can help by being a part of the community,  provide time, treasure or talent to our agency.  Join us today! And be a part of the change.”  says Mr. Joines.

If you are interested in making a difference in someone’s life or the Newton County community, please contact us at 417-627-2014 and find out how you can be part of the solution!

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