WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - The Catholic Charities of Fort Worth hosted tonight’s 3rd annual Poverty Summit in Wichita Falls at The Forum on Speedway Avenue.
Economic prosperity is vital to ending poverty, especially in rural areas. Issues like transportation, living wage job opportunities and an educated, job-ready workforce all contribute to the health and success of the communities we call home.
“We want to do more to collaborate, to really make a mark on changing poverty, the face of poverty in Wichita Falls,” Emily Klement, executive director of Catholic Charities Fort Worth said. “The ones we get here tonight will talk about how we can best to learn about poverty, the working poor, and how we can get together, how do we collaborate to make things happen, how to pull people up.”
The night started with a keynote presentation by Cara Crowley, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Amarillo College about how they addressed student’s poverty issues and tripled graduation rates.
She leads a panel of local workforce experts in an invigorating discussion on the best strategies to end poverty in rural Texas.
“Amarillo college worked with our Amarillo community from nonprofits, businesses, industry, community leaders, to really address poverty barriers in our community,” Crowley said.
Other community workforce panelists include:
James Frank, Texas House of Representatives, District 69
Stephen Santellana, Mayor, Wichita Falls
Henry Florsheim, CEO/President, Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce
Dusty Johnston, Ed.D., President, Vernon College
Ronna Huckaby, CSO and VP of Operations, Catholic Charities Fort Worth