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October 30, 2012 | 03:58 PM
At this time there are nearly 50 million Americans living in poverty in the United States. Over 16 million children are living in poverty. There are many misconceptions and ideas about causes for poverty in our country. I know there are many tragedies, wars and much extreme poverty in our world. What I see personally is how poverty affects the many fellow creations in our area and the rest of our great country. What I try to share with all of you each week is what I see on a daily basis and how it affects the children, handicapped and senior citizens in our midst.

By now everyone knows the byproducts of poverty: homelessness, hunger, welfare dependency, lack of education, teen pregnancy, and alcohol addiction. Most often these are the byproducts, not the cause. If everyone had a fair start at life, I do not believe they would choose the path that is the result of their poverty. Children growing up in these conditions are not going to be receiving the benefits of a stable home environment, good education, and emotional well being. If childhood poverty was eradicated, all children received a good education and the moral and emotional support they needed, just think of the boom to our economy in the future. If we prevented crime before those living in desperate conditions were led to that lifestyle, if we prevented habits and addictions that increased the risk of poor health conditions later in life, what a good investment that would be in the future of our country. Everyone's quality of life would be improved.

The pain and suffering, behind closed doors of pride, is overwhelming. My visits this last week included seeing children hungry, some living in pain due to cavities and no money for a dentist. An 80 year old who lost his pension, selling everything he owns in order to eat and keep the utilities on for his 79 year old wife. I have talked to businesses that had no choice but to lay off a good worker because his car broke down, and he could not afford to fix the desperately needed transportation. I've seen the fear of a single mother with small children living out of their car after eviction. I've seen children cry from the shame of wearing rags to school. I see children unable to participate in extracurricular activities at school due to not having the money, and being too ashamed to ask the school for help. Together we fixed all these problems. We renewed their lives, sharing care and love with our fellow creations. God Bless you for helping.

Bringing awareness to the plight of the poverty stricken in the United States is not just a moral obligation for The Time Is Now to Help. It is an investment in the future of our fellow Americans. It is an effort to bring those living in poverty, children, seniors, and the handicapped, out of their situation and into a better way of life. We all need to address the causes of poverty first, not just address the end result, when it is often too late to bring about a positive change. I want to keep the working poor family in their home or apartment, not have to offer emergency assistance once they are living in a car. I want to help the senior citizen, who has had some unexpected car repairs or medical costs, to keep on their utilities before they are sitting in the dark and cold for several weeks. I want to feed the handicapped individual, that had an extraordinarily high utility bill due to the extreme heat or cold, before they have gone hungry for days. Where possible, we need to create opportunities and jobs for the poor so they can improve their quality of life and help them achieve the means to do so.

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Minimum wage is not enough for American households to get by on. People will never be able to lift themselves out of poverty while being paid minimum wage. Our great nation cannot go forward without an educated work force. We need access to health care. Our senior citizens need Medicare. Our poverty stricken children need hope for their future, along with guidance, knowledge and resources. We have a responsibility to our society, our country, to help our fellow creations get out of poverty. I also feel our government has a moral obligation to empower our poverty stricken fellow Americans. They stand to gain the most from an educated, healthy, employed workforce. Our government should be promoting programs that improve the quality of life for all Americans, not just a small percentage that has the power to lobby and support political causes. This would help to strengthen the economy for all Americans. Once our elected President is in office he needs to make a commitment to the elimination of poverty so all America can prosper.

We need, and I pray daily for, a government by, for and of the people. We are all Gods creation. All one people. All sharing one world. Our gift of life is to be shared in service to others, with love, not greed. We need to come together to achieve this, for the time truly is now to help. Thank you for your prayers, support, help and encouragement. Together, we make our world a better place doing God's good works. Thank you for caring and sharing.

Health & Happiness, God Bless Everyone, W.C./Sal

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