Plan helps people out of provery

Meeting Dec. 6
Dec. 04, 2012 @ 12:10 AM

Davidson County Community Action plans to target 60 families to help them get out of poverty in the next three years, said the organization's director Charles Holloway.
"We promote self sufficiency," he said.
To help people understand the process, the organization will hold a public hearing at 5:40 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Davidson County Community Action office, 15 E. Second Ave. in Lexington.
This hearing will allow citizens and interested applicants an opportunity to express views, proposals, suggestions, recommendations and priorities for the elimination of poverty, said Holloway.
Among the individuals selected, the organization will do a profile to determine specific needs.
On the website (www.dccommunityaction.org), Community Action profiles a mother of two who had left her emotionally abusive husband. She was behind on rent. She enrolled in the Self-Sufficienty Program, set attainable goals. while the agency assisted with emergency needs. Through budgeting sessions, she learned that she could pay her monthly bills and save for the future. The efforts put her above the poverty level.
"We help people change their lives, change their lifestyle to become better citizens and support their families," said Holloway.
The organization assists "quite a few folks in Thomasville," Holloway added.  If transportation is a concern, contact Davidson County Action at 249-0234.
The organization is a private, nonprofit created by the federal government in 1964 to combat poverty in geographically designated areas.
According to a five-year estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, some 23.6 percent of all families in Thomasville are below the poverty level.

Community News Editor Kathy Stuart can be reached at kstuart@tvilletimes.com or 888-3590.