Social Work Program to Host One Read Panel Discussion

Did you know that one in every five Missouri children lives in poverty? Has anyone told you that the need for shelter and food for many of Fulton’s working poor has drastically increased?

If you would like to see this situation change or just learn more about it, William Woods University is providing a way. WWU’s social work program is sponsoring a panel discussion Thursday, Sept. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium.

The event is in conjunction with the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s annual One Read program, which encourages residents to read one book and participate in thought-provoking discussions.

The library’s selection this year is “Nickel and Dimed” by Barbara Ehrenreich. The author worked under cover at minimum wage jobs to learn how the working poor try to make ends meet.

Thursday’s program is titled “Missouri’s Social Welfare System—Children, Families and the Struggle to Survive Poverty in Missouri.” It will provide the most up-to-date facts and stories of Missouri and Callaway County families and their battle with poverty.

Experts from the state government, community service providers and clients will discuss the causes of poverty in Missouri and the possible solutions. Panelists include Denise Cross, director of the Missouri Family Support Division; Ruth Ehresman of Citizen’s For Missouri’s Children; Linda Clemons, director of Haven House, and Julie Landers of SERVE.

The program is free and open to the public. It will include a question and answer session, along with tips on how to get involved. For more information, contact Jerrie Jacobs-Kenner, director of WWU social work program, at (573) 592-4271.