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Last in the series: Beating poverty

One Marietta resident proves that determination can pay off

January 25, 2014

Going back to school for job training. Finding a full-time career path. Purchasing a home. These things can seem like discouragingly distant dreams for the 46....

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Jan-26-14 6:08 PM

Good for you Ms Thompson on working your way out of poverty and into a home of your own. Wonderful story!

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Jan-26-14 12:16 PM

This is exactly what public assistance was (should be) intended for! Great story and more people should follow suit instead of making public assistance a career choice!

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Jan-26-14 12:05 PM

We need to remember that not everyone has the same ability to cope with life and to make the changes this woman has. She was poor and with few job skills, but she had a drive to improve her life and ability to make those changes. She also had the mental stability necessary to seek out the programs that could help her. Not everyone is able to accomplish what she has, but I am so pleased that she was able to.

Contrary to what some want you to believe, when a person accesses a program (eg. SNAP), they aren't handed a guidebook to other programs that may benefit them. They are often left to find their one way, which has it's own benefits. But if the person is one who can't find their way they fall further and further. And that's where the cycle of poverty comes in. It isn't easy to be poor and to not have the ability to organize ones thinking and actions.

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Jan-26-14 9:23 AM

A revealing study by the CATO Institute - **** downsizinggovernment****/labor/employment-training-programs

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Jan-26-14 9:22 AM

See some research and analysis: "More important than the complexity, there is little evidence that federal employment and training programs actually work very well. The GAO report concluded that "little is known about the effectiveness of employment and training programs we identified."17 Only 5 of the 47 programs the GAO examined had done detailed impact studies. The GAO found that "the five impact studies generally found that the effects of participation were not consistent across programs, with only some demonstrating positive impacts that tended to be small, inconclusive, or restricted to short-term impacts."

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Jan-26-14 9:20 AM

This is a nice story. It may also be a good chance to ask if it is typical, or an anomaly in the "system". What are the options? Is this the best way to handle the way America helps those who are trying to help themselves?

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Jan-25-14 10:34 AM

She should feel very proud of her actions, and more importantly the lesson she has taught her son! She got a hand-up, and was able eventually to refuse the hand out. Very good outcome, so many could learn from this woman's determination!

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Jan-25-14 8:40 AM

What a great example of using help wisely. Best wishes for the future.

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Jan-25-14 7:05 AM

Good for her! I admire her determination and hard work.

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