Lori Ayala blog 3

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What do we think when we think or the word “Poverty?” Many of us may think of a homeless person asking for money on the corners, or a person who hasn’t showered in days with dirty clothes. People who don’t have jobs, who don’t have a homes and who don’t have families. Possible even a person who live in “the ghetto.” All those images would most likely pop into someone’s head (like the image above)  when they thought of the word poverty. However, is that the true definition of poverty? To the US poverty is calculated by how much money a person/family earns to be able to survive. In the United States, the 2013 poverty line is shown in the chart below.


Persons in family/household Poverty guideline
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,020 for each additional person.
1 $11,490
2 15,510
3 19,530
4 23,550
5 27,570
6 31,590
7 35,610
8 39,630

But what happened if there are people who make the border income have debt to pay, bills to pay, or for some reason have extra expenses to pay for. Like a saying in Spanish says “personas conosemos, corazons no savemos” meaning that we may think we know someone but don’t know what they are really going through. How do we simply set these limits without taking into consideration what these people could be going through? Do we do this to keep these people poor?

We need to let all these people know that there are resources available to them. There are resources that can help prevent leading “effects” of the poverty, like violence, alcohol, and drug abuse. The main key is to teach these people that they can get help to stabilize themselves. If they deny at least they were given the information. Teaching is the best way to help solve this problem. We don’t have to label who is poor and who is not. We need to observe who needs help and guide them to a better life; not only economically but also with their health, their relationships and the way they live life because they all tie together.


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