This week we are reflecting on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty”. Think about our national discomfort as we disengage from a ten year war in Afghanistan / Iraq – can you imagine if this war – or any war – was still going on after 50 years? So why is it STILL going on? Because the battle hasn’t been won. Which leads one to ask, “then why not?” For 68 years LSS has been actively engaged in serving those in need, in poverty and in vulnerable stages in life. Today we serve about 250,000 clients and many of them fall into the categories of chronically or generationally poor. That is why we are focusing on sustainable permanent solutions to moving people out of poverty.
We are now engaging a comprehensive wrap-around initiative called Circles of Support. Check out our web site under this tab for more information. It is vitally important that we address the burden of poverty in new ways – because it is clearly obvious that the money and methods we have been throwing at it – like ordinance in a fighting war are not effectively accomplishing the mission. Today if we work together we CAN win the war on poverty IF we adjust our strategy and re-double our resolve.