In the first quarter of 2016, 47 million Americans were living in poverty. Most of these individuals were from neighborhoods where more than 40 percent of the residents live below the poverty line. High-poverty neighborhoods are characterized by inferior housing, higher levels of pollution, underfunded schools, inadequate public infrastructure, and few employment opportunities—realities that carry significant consequences.
A growing body of research shows that concentrated poverty undermines the long-term success of children and even lowers life expectancy. And although most low-income people in the United States are white, people of color are much more likely to live in impoverished areas due to the enduring effects of segregation and ongoing discriminatory housing practices.
“They are individuals like Tianna Gaines-Turner, who works at a community recreation center providing afterschool programming for children. Her husband has worked at a grocery store deli, a meat-packing plant, and as a security guard. He has endured two-hour commutes, worked night shifts, and held multiple jobs at the same time - the kinds of sacrifices a parent makes to try to lift up a family.” Talk Poverty Blogs
Despite their hard work, they remain in poverty. They rarely have paid sick days, personal days or vacation time that would allow them to miss work without taking a hit to their paycheck. Begin Anew provides families, like the Turners, education, life skills, and the support needed to change their circumstances and their lives. Join us as a volunteer, and together we can build a bridge out of poverty for families who primarily live in the high-poverty neighborhoods of Davidson and Williamson County.