On Saturday, February 21 these groups, headed by Piedmont CASA will put on the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS). The goal for the 80 participants is to keep a roof over their head and get their bills paid with a kit to role-play the life of a low-income family. More details on the CAPS simulation here.
Stephen says The Median Men may be a public face of Homelessness, but not necessarily the truest face. He describes the fastest growing homeless demographic as families and unaccompanied youth from 16-24 years old.
The Haven is a day shelter that offers phone and computer access, a place to store belongings and wash clothes. The mission is to help with housing solutions. Stephen says, “Why are people homeless? Because they don’t have a home.”
Jordy’s experience is that the individuals have their own personal story, but the people he got to know believed that you don’t deny what is given to you and that if a care package was given to them if they couldn’t use the products inside, they would find another person in need to give them to.
The purpose of Big Brothers Big Sisters, creating individualized support for children that are likely living in poverty so that they can get experiences outside of their communities.
A new pilot program has begun with the Alliance for Black Male Achievement where black male teens are paired with Bigs for mentoring and for workshops which include Soft Scale development, hygiene, conflict resolution.
Hear the program below and find out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters at www.blueridgebigs.org
Commonly called Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act has reached its one year anniversary and Rick and Carolyn discuss how the major goals of coverage for more Americans and reducing overall health care costs are coming to pass.
The choices don’t have to be limited to For Profit versus Socialized Medicine.
Risk Pools more sick individuals mean escalating costs. A moderate pool means getting individuals who are not sick to purchase insurance, is that preventive care? Carolyn Engelhard mentions Philosophical care, where older and younger individuals are paying nearly the same amount with the expectation that the younger insured will one day be old have others to pay for them.