Poverty Awareness Week : March 16-22, 2014

What is it like to live in poverty? What are the barriers that keep people in poverty? What resources are available in Troup County? How can you help people move out of poverty?

In 2014, Circles of Troup joined with LaGrange College Servant Scholars and United Way of West Georgia to host Poverty Awareness Week. Events were hosted by 11 local organizations that included opportunities to learn about, discuss and participate in the solutions to end poverty in our community.

Events held included:

Sunday, March 16
7 p.m. LaGrange College Servant Scholars hosts a showing of the film, Poor America. LaGrange College Assembly Room.

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Noon, Empty Bowl Lunch, sponsored by Circles of Troup County. Hear from Circles participants who are moving toward self-sufficiency and from volunteers who are making a difference. Cost is $5 and includes lunch and a handmade pottery bowl. Del’Avant

6:30-8 p.m. Prevent Now informational seminar. While sexual abuse crosses all economic lines, everyone needs to be aware of the facts and the best ways to respond. This seminar, led by McKenzie Jackson of Twin Cedars, provides information about the problem and training that is offered in Troup County. Troup Baptist Association, 1301 Washington St. RSVP at dottie@troupbaptist.com or at 706.884.1975.

Tuesday, March 18

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Open House and 25% off sale at Habitat ReStore. ReStore sells new and used household items, furniture, appliances, building supplies and more. Stop by for the first-ever 25% off sale. Some restrictions may apply. 333 Main St.

Wednesday, March 19
7:30-9:30 a.m.First Choice Women’s Center. The 27-year-old organization provides mentoring, parenting classes, free ultrasounds, abstinence education, maternity and baby items and support for pregnant women and their families. Meet volunteers and staff and join the conversation. 300 Harwell Ave.

Thursday, March 20
9 -11 a.m. Open House, Baptist Tabernacle food closet. Join volunteers and staff from the new LaGrange warehouse of Feeding the Valley Food Bank for coffee and cake and an inside look at a food ministry that distributes 10,000 pounds of food a month, 849 S. Davis Road.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Volunteer Open House and tour, Emmaus Women’s Shelter. Learn about the homeless shelter for women and children and the variety of ways you can volunteer. 321 Greenville St.

6:30 p.m. Circles of Troup County graduation. Hear the stories and celebrate with members of the third class of Circles participants, at Troup Baptist Association, 1301 Washington St.

Friday, March 21
10:30 to 2 p.m., Open House and bus tour at DASH for LaGrange. Lunch is provided. Call 706.298.0585 to register.

Saturday – Sunday, March 20-21
4-6 p.m. Boys and Girls Club Afterschool Priority Registration for new location at Cannon Street School. Registered members will begin attending BGC at its new location on April 7. Priority registration is $5 and will be at the current club at 623 Juniper St.

Monday – Friday, March 17-21
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Emma’s Attic Indoor Yard Sale. Emmaus Women’s Shelter accepts donations that are used to help families set up housekeeping or are sold to provide support for the shelter. Stop in for a great deal and a way to support the shelter, 321 Greenville St.