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Harsh reality of poverty exists here

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There are, of course, success stories that boggle the imaginations of those of us who have lived above the poverty line. People continue to show they can come from modest or meager beginnings and progress into positive and stable lives.

We contend those kinds of stories are made possible at least partly by the services that are offered to help those with low income. Even Start family literacy programs are one example — helping parents and their children simultaneously to learn and foster an environment more conducive to that pursuit.

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