Pettis County Group Wants to End Poverty

1 decade 1 year 10 months ago Thursday, August 03 2006 Aug 3, 2006 Thursday, August 03, 2006 9:35:53 PM CDT August 03, 2006 in News

The group helps poor individuals and families. Leann Clemons, a single mother of three, lost her job and home, and battled a serious illness in the past year, while trying to support her family.

"Now I know that, with Circles, there is a light at the end of the tunnel," she said. "And I may not have a job at the moment, but I'll get a job and things will be okay and we'll make it."

However, Circles of Support said many families lose social services, such as food stamps, after they get out of poverty. The group said lawmakers need to change that, so losing public assistance is a more gradual process.

"It could be a major car repair that could set them back for a few months or a few weeks," said Larry Billingsley of Circles of Support. "So it's just those things that, until they really have longevity at their jobs and can get those increases, it just takes a while."

Circles of Support started in 2004 by helping six families. Now, it's helping 25 Sedalia families. The group said it wants to have a similar organization in each Missouri county.

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