Workshops Planned to Turn Tide on Poverty

Leaders of a pilot program to combat poverty met for a training session Thursday in Meridian.

Neshoba and Lauderdale counties are participating in "Turning the Tide on Poverty". It's organized by the Mississippi State University Extension Service, which is looking for individuals to share their ideas for solutions.

Participants are being sought for a study circle to meet once a week for 5 weeks.

"There are so many people out there from all walks of life who have never had a voice in expressing their opinion in what causes poverty and what can be done about it in the local community," said Susan Cosgrove of the MSU Extension Service.

Leaders trained Thursday for two workshops being held next month:

Kick-Off Event for Lauderdale County will be held Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at EMEPA on Hwy 39 N in Meridian. Free. Public is invited.

Kick-Off Event for Neshoba County will be held Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia. Free. Public is invited.

Contact: Susan Cosgrove, (601) 635-2268

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  • by John Location: Okemah, OK on Feb 1, 2010 at 08:00 AM
    I agree with Ms. Semmes to a certain extent. It is a shame that we citizens of the most prosperous nation in the world have to live on the brink daily. We need to wake up those who think they have no voice in society. This nation always creates programs for the elderly and youth, but seem to exclude those over the age of twenty-five. This segment of the populace is the ones who participate in main stream society. These are the men and women who are involved in setting the standards for the care of the young and elderly. This is the area of the demographics that need assistance and motivation. Apathy is the idol we need to abolish. Are we a nation of people who just don't care about our neighbors? Lastly, a woman does not have a child by osmosis. Men need to be held responsible for the children that are a part of their lives too. We need programs to motivate the over 25 in our society.
  • by Shayla Semmes Location: Meridian on Jan 29, 2010 at 12:49 PM
    There are all kinds of situations that people get into, some avoidable and some not. I have been on food stamps and medicade, while I was in college. I needed the help for my son and myself. Everything is so specific you get help or you don't. The system should be set up to help those who are trying to help themselves, and to make the ones who get assistance do something other than just get assistance. There are plenty of places that need volunteers to help; they are helping others and simply have very limited funds.Make the people who get assistance volunteer and gain experience, maybe they just might like it, and want to do better.When my son was a baby I could not find a job that was worth having; because I did not have a car and by the time I got paid I would have had to spend all my money just getting back and forth to work.I couldn't afford a babysitter or a car. The system did help me "Thank God", they paid most of my daycare and life changed for us.Prayer N Jesus are the answer!
  • by Guy Gyverson Location: Meridian on Jan 29, 2010 at 10:10 AM
    Blessed what are your two degrees in?
  • by Shelia Location: Meridian on Jan 29, 2010 at 06:52 AM
    I agree anonymous. Of course, there are a few situations that are out of our control (layoffs, no one hiring etc). But, we use the welfare system as a way of living. It should only be for just a few months not the rest of someones life. The women continuing to have children and live off welfare should be ashamed. My husband and I take care of our children on our own. We should not have to pay for someone elses child. Get off your butt and find a job!!! Enough said.
  • by EXACTLY Location: Mississippi on Jan 29, 2010 at 06:07 AM
    I agree with Anonymous 100%
  • by Blessed Location: Meridian on Jan 29, 2010 at 02:42 AM
    I have (2) degrees, I am a Christian and I work in a locale fast food chain. I have never been arrested or in any kind of trouble. Hello!!! things are not that easy nor simple. The economy is not that great at the moment if you have not already noticed. Jobs are scarce and few and far between. I looked for 6 months to find a job in my job fields, with no luck. I am just happy and very blessed to have a job!!!
  • by Jay on Jan 28, 2010 at 10:48 PM
    Anonymous Jan 28, 2010 at 06:55 PM don't be so judgmental most people are doing the best they can. It's hard to find a job worth having out there right now most would have to work two to make ends meet. What does being moral have to do with making money and fighting poverty?
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Jan 28, 2010 at 04:55 PM
    Here's a novel idea....go to school (it is compulsory now)get an education, learn some morals (go to church), get a job, become a productive citizen of society and pay taxes like everyone else. What's so hard about it?
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