How to Use Digital Tools to Get Kids Reading and Writing

Last month, I described the connection between illiteracy and poverty. Without the ability to read and write, millions of people in the United States are unable to fully function in society and achieve their potential. Luckily, there’s a new tool to encourage and enhance reading skills: technology. Whether they are utilized in school or at home, digital tools for literacy offer kids of all ages fascinating ways to increase their reading and writing skills. How can Read More…

Understanding the Relationship Between Illiteracy and Poverty

Good for You! It’s probably no big deal: reading these words, sounding them out in your head, and interpreting their meanings. To you reading is an instinctive routine. Unfortunately for too many people it is not. According to statistics from the Literacy Project Foundation, 50 percent of American adults can’t even read an eighth-grade level book. Such a widespread lack of literacy skills significantly contributes to the number of persons Read More…

No Justification for Welfare Shaming

Okay. So this blog’s topics aren’t sporty, sexy, star-studded or cute—but neither is a life lived in poverty or on welfare. People struggling to survive while in a constant state of lack face countless obstacles to fulfilling their basic human needs. And as if that isn’t trying enough, recipients of safety net benefits such as food stamps, or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or cash assistance, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Read More…

We Need SNAP and Child Nutrition Programs Strong!

“Got Milk?” As a first grader in Mrs. Henry’s class, every day I fidgeted in my seat as “milk time” drew near. My stomach had a clock. It would always start churning at about the same time. For 22 cents a week we students were provided a half-pint carton of milk as a mid-morning boost. I needed it. By then the breakfast I’d had at home seemed long gone. As the moment Read More…

Time Out for “A Day at the Fare: One Woman’s Welfare Passage”

Greetings PWOUS Readers… As many of you know, I have been working on my book, “A Day at the Fare: One Women’s Welfare Passage” for quite some time now. Well, I am finally nearing its completion. As a result I am taking a much-needed hiatus from Poverty and Welfare in Our United States (PWOUS) in order to step up my game as I execute the book’s final stages. I’ll be Read More…