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Workshop Helps Families Transition Out Of Poverty

Oct. 20, 2011

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When Aimee Weller arrived in Waco last year, she was a single mom with no job, little familiarity with the area, and three boys to care for. While her parents provided her with support and helped her get to know the Waco area as best they could, it was still overwhelming for Aimee, who needed work, needed prospects, and needed some way to make sense of what her options were.

Enter Jodi Stacy, event coordinator for L.I.F.T. Aimee and her family were the target audience of last year's annual event, which takes place again this Saturday. Jodi Stacy's passion is to provide low-income families with an idea of what tools are available to them, and then provide them with a means to discover them in an easy way. Stacy said the idea for the workshop came about when she and others realized how much work struggling single mothers had to miss to take advantage of the options available to them.

Jodi Stacy said that L.I.F.T. always features that educational piece-encouraging families making, for example, minimum wage, to think about how they can earn more than that. Families are pre-screened so that L.I.F.T. volunteers understand their needs and ensure that attendees' time is spent most efficiently. Stacy hopes the event helps them think long-term in addition to getting short-term needs met.

L.I.F.T. takes place this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Baptist Waco with more than 30 non-profit agencies and dozens of attendees. Tomorrow, we'll hear more of Aimee Weller's story, as she works to improve her family's overall situation since arriving from Utah. For KWBU News, I'm Derek Smith.

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