Victims, advocates help pull human trafficking out of the darkness (APRIL 02, 2017 12:16 PM)

  Four victims talk about their own experiences of human trafficking and how they overcame them. Three Stanislaus County agencies last year received a two-year, $685,970 grant from the California Office of Emergency Services to provide assistance to human-trafficking victims including counseling, case management, shelter, transportation to and from appointments, legal assistance and other supportive services….

Census shows Central Valley areas among poorest in nation. Sept 20, 2012

“Experts say the poverty problem in the nation’s agricultural powerhouse is deeply ingrained. The most important barrier is the valley’s lack of economic diversity. There are simply too few good nonagricultural jobs around and jobs in agriculture tend to be low-wage ones — except for those who run agribusinesses.” “’It’s a pretty ag-heavy region, so the…

Poverty in America (documentary) -repost

Is the 2008 financial crisis still affecting Americans today? Follow the documentary as it aims to answer this question and reveal many more secrets and truths of the reality of poverty affecting Americans and the world today. Poverty in America 2017   -MW

Count turns up 1,661 homeless in Stanislaus County, including 243 children

MAY 25, 2017 11:19 AM Volunteers — armed with surveys — interviewed as many of the homeless as they could. Some of the survey results: ▪  When asked about the issues they faced in getting help, the top three responses were lack of transportation (594 responses), not having identification, such as a Social Security card,…

The Best Items to Donate to a Food Pantry (Sept. 14, 2017)

 Ensure your contributions are making a positive impact! Hunger and obesity are often two sides of the same coin. People who have low incomes and who rely on food assistance also tend to be at a higher risk for diet-related diseases.This is not a group who can afford to eat unhealthfully, especially if their financial…

Why does California have the nation’s highest poverty level?

With all the recent hoopla about California’s record-low unemployment rate and the heady prospect of its becoming No. 5 in global economic rankings, it is easy to lose sight of another salient fact: It is the nation’s most poverty-stricken state. Read the full story here Blogged by Alicia Villegas

What a homeless man did after making an odd discovery in a burned-out house

A man staying in a burned-out house in southwest Modesto said he made a curious find there Tuesday: an ornate metal urn containing what appear to be cremated remains. “I’m homeless, and I live with homeless,” Alberto Vacquez said Wednesday morning. “Sometimes we just see pretty things (in abandoned structures) and take them.” After finding…

Americas’s Poor Kids (Child Poverty Documentary) – Real Stories

  Published on Jun 28, 2017 In the United States, child poverty has reached record levels, with over 16 million children now affected. Food banks are facing unprecedented demand, and homeless shelters now have long waiting lists, as families who have known a much better life have to leave their homes, sometimes with just a…

UNITED WAY & WALMART FILL THE BUS FOR STUDENTS

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/01/2017 – 9:54pm   United Way and Walmart have formed a strong national partnership on a number of large endeavors for over 10 years. With the start of the school year just around the corner United Way of Stanislaus County and local Walmart stores have come together to FILL THE BUS at…