UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
Waco-- The Waco City Council has approved funding for a poverty solutions initiative to deal with high poverty rate in the city. The plan includes many different organizations and departments all across the area.
The poverty rate has continued to rise in the Waco community. Currently, there are several organizations doing all they can to fight this problem. One organizations, Caritas, is currently assisting with the poverty problem. Members of the community can pick up groceries once a month, as well as clothing every four months. While these efforts are well appreciated, there is still more that needs to be done to minimize this issue.
Jeff Wall, Director of Housing and Community Development Services, realizes how poverty can effect every aspect of society. Mr. Wall says, "We want to improved the quality of life for our residents, including the folks that are living in poverty, and poverty effects everybody. It effects our overall quality of life, it effects economics, it effects health, it effects you."
The solutions, that will be discussed after further contemplation, will require help from other organizations. Baylor University Social Work students and faculty are doing a project to help come up with ideas for a solution.
One Social Work professor at Baylor, Dr. Gayner Yancey, is assisting her class in a social work project that is cooperating with the city in this planning process. Dr. Yancey says, "The thing that's so important for us as a class, is because our our students are learning at the same time that their contributing, and in this, what begins to happen for them is, they see this as a long term contribution.
This long term plan is only in the beginning stages, however, this commitment could greatly benefit everyone in the community.