Every 44 minutes achild is borninto povertyin Kentucky.
Kentucky ranks 44th out of the 51 states and PuertoRico for the percentof children who are poor.
The Departmentof EducationEstimates that60% of adultscan not betrained fortoday’s jobs dueto illiteracy.
Fifteen percent of households in Northern Kentucky are considered “food insecure.”Food insecurity is the “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.”
Low-income families pay more of theirincome for basic necessities such ashousing and utilities.The home energy burden for familieswith incomes below 50% of thepoverty level is 43% of their annualincome—just to heat and light theirhomes.Even households with incomes up to185% of the poverty level ($37,000 fora family of four) have utility bills higherthan what is considered affordable.
Low-income families struggle with health care costsAlmost 30% of two-year-olds in Kentucky are not fully immunized. More than 30% of non-elderly Kentuckians with incomes below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level are uninsured.
Effects of poverty on childrenAdverse health:• Low birth weights• Growth stunting• Lead poisoning• Asthma• Recurrent ear infections• Cognitive delays and learning disabilities• Teen pregnancies• Hunger
In the Clay County Area 35.40% of families and 39.70% of the population live in poverty.• The federal Poverty level for a family of four is $23,050 .• As of the most recent census, the median income for a household in the area was $16,271.• A single parent who works full time making above minimum wage could still be living below the US poverty level.• Although working full time, Many find themselves unable to pay for basic necessities for themselves, their children and family members.
Poverty also affects the elderly• In Eastern Kentucky, one in three elderly women who live alone are in poverty, often because they outlive their spouses.• For the elderly and disabled, life on a fixed income can be one of difficult choices, deciding between medication, food, or heating.
Economic opportunity has hindered Kentuckians from being able to pull themselves out of poverty• As the demand for high- • Workers without high- tech jobs increases tech skills find worldwide, Kentuckians themselves working low without the ability to paying jobs that dont afford higher education afford them the basics and training find in life. themselves further and further out of place in the digital divide.
Kentuckys lower-income working families often pay apremium for goods and services, making it difficult forthem to build wealth, save for their childrens futures, and invest in their upward mobility
How can RLM help?• Provide food to families in need• Provide clean drinking water• Provide clothing and other necessities• Provide a women’s health clinic• Provide a spiritual partner to the community• Provide educational resources, such as GED courses• Provide drug and alcohol recovery resources• Share Christ with the communities
How can I help RLM?• Pray daily for the staff• Send donations – Click the Donate link to the left – Visit our wish list at Amazon.com and search for Red Letter Missions• Volunteer your time You can contact the staff by clicking on the Contact link to your left
We would like to thank the following:Black and White Photos by: Color Photos by:• William Gedney • Mario Tama Photographs and Writings • http://mariotama.com/• Duke University David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library Statistics information:• http://library.duke.edu/digit alcollections/gedney/ • www.communityactionky.com Produced by RLM 2012