Community Access Network to Present Poverty Awareness Program

Free Press Report

ANDERSON, IN - The Catholic Social Justice Committee of Anderson is sponsoring a presentation by the Community Access Network (CAN) in partnership with United Way of Madison County highlighting the barriers to self sufficiency faced by low income households. The program, which is open to the public, will be Wednesday, March 6, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 1115 Pearl St., Anderson.

Anyone interested in learning more about serving low-income residents or gaining a better understanding of the issues related to income supports and social impacts related to poverty is invited to attend. Presenters Steve Anderson, Lafayette Township Trustee; Cherilyn Horning, Dove Harbor; Kim Geronimo, Saint Vincent Rural and Urban Access to Health, will join United Way staff Nancy Vaughan, president, and Jamesey Thomas, director of health initiatives, for the panel discussion.

The presenters will discuss what they have learned in their years serving low-income residents in Madison County. They will also offer breakout sessions designed to increase understanding of the economic and cultural barriers that low-income families struggle against every day. The Catholic Social Justice Committee encourages people of faith to take this opportunity during Lent to reflect on “our responsibility toward the hungry, oppressed and homeless in our communities.”

The Community Access Network is a partnership of local organizations convened by United Way that serve low income and poverty residents. United Way of Madison County supports human services throughout Madison County, Indiana and is governed by a 24 member volunteer board of directors. The organization has been a member in good standing of United Way Worldwide since 1973. For more information, contact 765-643-7493 or visit the Web site at www.unitedwaymadisonco.org.