In your opinion, which of the following is the single biggest human service challenge our community faces today?
28% Violence and unsafe neighborhoods
21% Students not prepared for school/low graduation rates
16% Poverty/low income
8% Drug abuse
8% Impact of uninsured population on health care system
Poll conducted 1/7 – 1/8/08
As long as citizens feel unsafe in their own neighborhoods, little else can be accomplished.
-Colin Garwood, LDA Life and Learning Services
Our agency, Catholic Family Center, deals with all of the above issues. From our perspective, poverty is at the root of the struggles of our clients. Poverty creates an addition hurdle for anyone dealing with all of the challenges listed above.
-Carolyn Portanova, president and CEO, Catholic Family Center
Success in teaching the very youngest in our community, from birth to 3 years old, to learn and to read will ultimately eliminate the current issues of today including poverty, violence, homelessness, drug abuse, etc. The unfortunate fact is that such efforts will take many years to see results.
-Karen Kall, On Kall Marketing
The plight of the working poor who cannot afford health insurance is an ethical blight on our society. … The class of people working without the ability to afford health insurance either results in the neglect of their medical care, or mounting debt in the case of a severe illness. We owe it to society to bring about changes to protect these individuals.
-Greg Reynolds, project manager, Hillside Family of Agencies
01/11/08 (C) Rochester Business Journal