Category Archives: Awareness

“Ten Things The Working Poor Truly Understand And One Harvard Just ‘Discovered’”

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This June 16, 2017 piece by Jen Froderman talks about things that the working poor know all too well.  This group is one where they often make too much money to receive many of the low-income benefits, but at the same time are barely making enough to survive with almost nothing left over by the time the next pay check comes and bills are paid.

Examples of luxuries in this piece include things ranging from taking a ride to look at scenery, dropping kids off to visit friends, being able to get all the supplies for their kid as required by the school, to even the problems that are faced simply by having kids come to your house to play and the hidden costs that many with greater incomes don’t even bother to consider.  There are other things like the stigmas faced by those who fall into the heading of “Working Poor”  that those with higher incomes will likely never face unless they are faced with a catastrophic even that causes them to lose their financial security.


“This Is How Homeless Women Cope With Their Periods”

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This October 18, 2016 article and video by found on the website talks about the reality of what it is like to be a homeless woman trying to take care of themselves during their period with almost no money, unsheltered, and lacking access to a shower.

“EXCLUSIVE: City schools to offer free feminine hygiene products”

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This March 14, 2016 article talks about what is happening in 25 New York City Schools in an effort to aid female students in having access to feminine hygiene items while they are at school.

“How the poor pay more for diapers”

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This March 14, 2016 article I found on the Reading Eagle website talks about why diapers are more expensive for low-income families than they are for those with higher incomes.

“Life Deconstructed: Giving without judgment”

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This April 8, 2016 column on the Times Leader website talks about the writer’s experience with giving to others and not pre-judging them.


“The high cost of being poor”

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This March 28, 2016 article on talks about the multitude of fees faced by low-income people, but not incurred by those in higher income brackets.  fees range from check cashing fees to higher interest rates on loans to higher cost for a parking ticket and even more expensive toilet paper.

Daylight Saving Time 2016

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Just a friendly reminder that for folks in Pennsylvania need to remember to “spring ahead” and set their clocks ahead 1 hour before they go to bed on Saturday, March 12, to make sure they are on time for whatever plans they may have for Sunday.

“Canned Peas or Tampons?”

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This February 22, 2016 NY City Lens article talks about the difficult and sometimes costly choices made by women on food stamps in need of feminine hygiene items.

“Food for Thought initiative underway at Beth El in South Hills Read more: The Jewish Chronicle – Food for Thought initiative underway at Beth El in South Hills”

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This article written circa January 14, 2014 by Adam Reinherz, Staff Writer for The Jewish Chronicle, talks about a food stamp challenge combined with a call to action that is being done in the Pittsburgh area to raise awareness of the struggles faced by people who receive SNAP benefits.

“‘I still don’t have a sense of self’”

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This January 19, 2016 article on the Madison Commons website, written by Samantha Silverman talks about one woman’s personal experiences with life as a homeless person trying to blend in and make the best of a bad situation while trying to attend college.