By Sister Joetta Venneman, PBVM
October 1, 2014
Our first stop of the day is Shively Area Ministries, one of several in a network of community ministries supported by local churches, private organizations and the federal government.
Located in the 40216 zip code, the poverty rate has climbed from 11% to 18% since the last census. The center shares food both from local and federal sources. It provides financial assistance to individuals in need for utility services, rent and medications. Lastly, it offers Meals on Wheels, counseling and education in health and finances.
I met Kim, a resident of Shively who was among those in need of help today. She is a middle-aged white woman who recently lost her job and has placed...