Generational Poverty: Penny Appeal
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At Trinity Cafe we do what we do best, we serve all who come to our doors hungry. A commonality amongst many of our guests is the fight to escape the confines of generational poverty.
Generational poverty is hard to shake. To be specific, “generational poverty occurs in families where at least two generations have been born into poverty. Families living in this type of poverty are not equipped with the tools to move out of their situations.”
Trinity Cafe has a wide variety of volunteers that represent many different businesses and interest groups. This past week, we had the privilege of having a wonderful group of young people from Penny Appeal, a non-profit development organization that focuses on addressing generational poverty both in the United States and in thirty-three other countries around the world.
Our approach to combating poverty and hunger is unique from that of Penny Appeal. We provide sustenance to those who find themselves in difficult situations, referring those in further need to partnering organizations. In contrast, for the last two years of their existence, Penny Appeals has sought to address poverty at the interstice between generations, between parents and their children.
Generational poverty is a relentless and unforgiving condition. Non-profits, like Penny Appeal and Trinity Cafe, seek to break the cycle of generational poverty through many different methods. As one of our team mates pointed out, “Some people are just one meal away from finding the strength to make that push and find their way out of the cycle of poverty.”
Considering the persistence of generational poverty, I would like to encourage you to reflect on the possible affect the contribution of your time, talents or treasures to Trinity Cafe might help a parent’s life change for the better, so that their children might have a brighter future.
Chad Radwan – VISTA Communications Specialist