October 2, 2013
The number of people in poverty in America stagnated in 2012, according to a recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau.
This comes as no surprise. Since the government launched its War on Poverty 50 years ago—and has now poured nearly $20 trillion into a massive welfare system—poverty numbers have barely budged.
In contrast with the welfare system’s failure to empower individuals and families to rise from poverty, grassroots leaders in low-income neighborhoods throughout the country have achieved notable success in helping people move upward toward self-sufficiency. These men and women work with shoestring budgets but have firsthand knowledge of the problems they address and an impassioned commitment to make a difference. Their approach differs substantially from the government’s conventional approach and can provide guidelines for ways in which the nation’s welfare system can be reformed to truly make a difference in the lives of the people it serves.
A key element of community-based outreach is promoting marriage and strengthening families. Promoting marriage and healthy relationships is crucial to uplift from poverty for numerous reasons. Many of the cases of entrenched poverty in America stem from broken relationships.