End hunger, homelessness,


To the Editor:

“Eric” (not his real name) gets up at 5 a.m., walks an hour to get to his job early, works his shift, and then walks home. “Eric” is homeless and works 40 hours a week and does not make enough to pay for food, medicine and housing.

He is not alone, nationwide, an estimated 553,742 people experience homelessness daily (https://endhomelessness.org/).

Locally, a new United Way ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Con­strained, Employed) Report has revealed that nearly two out of every five Clinton County households struggle to afford basic amenities and services. These are people who work at low-paying jobs, have little or no savings and are one emergency away from falling into poverty. In Clinton County, 38 percent of households live below the ALICE threshold.
Twenty-five percent are unable to afford life’s basic necessities despite having income above the Federal Poverty Level (www.unitedwayalicereport.clinton). These are families and neighbors who make up our community.


Nov. 12 -15 is National Hunger Awareness Week. Join with others for an Oxfam Hunger Banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 6-8 p.m. RSVP to Lori Freudenberg at (563) 242-7611 or lfreudenberg@ clintonfranciscans.com by Nov. 12. Tickets are $10 and a food item.

A free movie “Storied Streets,” featuring real people’s own stories, will be shown Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at 841 13th Ave. N., Clinton. Providing insights about our local Clinton area will be guest speaker Cheryl McCulloh, executive director of the United Way. For more information, visit www. ClintonFranciscans.com or call (563) 242-7611.

Lori Freudenberg
Community Outreach Director
Franciscan Peace Center, Clinton

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