Generational Poverty

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By: Tyshameka Hollins

Generational Poverty is defined as a family having lived in poverty for at least two generations. It is important to understand the difference between generational poverty and situational poverty. The word “Poverty” produces different images in a person’s mind. One could look at it as a financially difficult situation while others will define it by how and where one lives. What causes poverty: Hopelessness, surviving rather than planning and counterproductive traditions?

Economic situation of the country, lack of education, overpopulation, epidemic diseases or even environmental problems? It’s not a secret that the effects of poverty are serious, those who are living in absolute poverty, meaning having no homes, don’t receive proper nutrition and immunization which leads them to develop health problems. Apart from health issues, other effects of poverty include: crime, hunger, illness, illiteracy and unemployment. There are ways we all can help fight against poverty daily and the Mooresville Soup Kitchen is asking for any professional assistance if possible.

June 24, 2017 we are going into the 7 top areas of poverty in Iredell County. We have found that we have 12% of seniors without food who have been living this way since they were born, 6% of men and women of all ages who have served our Country who are living on the streets without medical attention and are going hungry. We have found 40% of unemployment in these areas are reaching a high level without real job training to successfully succeed. We also found that 44% of this county get food assistance and still don’t have enough to feed their kids 3 meals a day.

Getting this information with the help of UNCC was the first step. Phase two is physically going into these areas and ask how we can help. No matter what has occurred in anyone’s past or what one may feel right now, Gods love has always been freely given to us and Mooresville Soup Kitchen has been blessed with a mission of pouring out free assistance to those willing and strong enough to come out of Poverty.

Unity and Power Within the Community

By: Tyshemeka Hollins

During the month of June, Mooresville Soup Kitchen will be doing a community survey to see what the needs of our neighbors are. We, as a whole, need to stop assuming we know what someone needs to survive and instead, just ask.

We have teamed up with University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s AGIS Center to provide maps of Iredell County to see where the hot spots of poverty are and how we can better assist those who have lost hope.

We are looking for a divers set of community leaders, church organizations and youth council to bridge the gap of information to our future leaders and to better serve those truly in need.

The primary goal of Unity in the Community is to serve by developing and educating people in order to create safe, healthy, and working communities.  Carefully selected individuals (non-violent) who have sought or are willing to seek, to increase his or her knowledge base and to improve his or her life as a whole are who we are looking for.  We are developers that are reconciling, restoring and building better lives and communities.

Treating others as we want to be treated is what builds the deep, satisfying connections that all people desire. Without significant relationships, life lacks meaning, regardless of how many possessions or acquaintances we have. Are you treating your community the way Jesus modeled?

P.O.W.E.R. means Preparing Overcomers to Win Every Race. Overcomers are men and women coming over on the other side of life’s challenges. These individuals and families need to receive educational, personal, social, and spiritual help.

Come join Mooresville Soup Kitchen on June 24th, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for Community Outreach Time.

LobsterFest Was A Success!

Mooresville Soup Kitchen hosted it annual fundraiser LobsterFest2017 this past weekend on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017.  It was a sold out event and attendees enjoyed great food, music, and fellowship with friends.  It was a beautiful Saturday evening and guests enjoyed the lovely venue as well as tours of the estate.  Randy Marion was the presenting sponsor for the event and brought a van to assist with raising funds for another MSK vehicle to pick up food from community partners.  The Mooresville Soup Kitchen raised funds, from this event, to support it's mission of feeding and supporting our neighbors.  Thank you to everyone who attended and we'll see you next year at LobsterFest 2018!