Denver and San Luis Counties have always had poverty issues, but the newest rising population for poverty resides right here in our suburbs. On top of that, the gap between children that achieve and children that don’t is wider than ever. If we aren’t educating these children as well as we can, is there really a chance for them to lift themselves out of poverty? If they are not nutritionally equipped each day, how can the even learn?
Evidence of this increasing poverty is widespread. For instance, the number of uninsured patients that come to Doctors Care Clinic has nearly doubled since 2010. The number of children qualifying for free or reduced fee lunch programs in Arapahoe County Schools is nearly 41%. Homelessness has also risen and it includes a growing number of children.
These children may be your neighbors, or they might be the child that sits next to your child in the classroom. A lot of families are new to poverty and may not be savvy enough to know how to navigate all the wonderful programs that are available to help them. They may also simply be too scared or embarrassed to ask for help.
Together, let’s fight this terrible Colorado statistic. Start by acknowledging that poverty is around you and learn to recognize it. You can help. Donate, participate, educate and volunteer.
I promise it will make a difference in someone’s life!