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A Closer Look at Poverty's Challenges for NC Women

March 21, 2012

FLETCHER, N.C. - One in five women in North Carolina lives in poverty, according to the University of North Carolina School of Law. A statewide campaign aimed at confronting poverty is working to change that - and raise awareness about the gravity of the issue in the Tar Heel State.

At age 26, Casey Norman of Fletcher found herself homeless with no education after her husband left her. She is one of thousands of North Carolina women living below the poverty line. That was three years ago - and now, after participating in a Self Sufficiency Program sponsored by a community action agency, Casey has a full-time job, a home and transportation.

"Oh, it was rough. I had a spouse with some issues that I couldn't get him fixed up. It was hard to function, but I had to do it. It was just something I had to do."

The Face to Face with Poverty campaign is encouraging organizations and citizens to offer resources to people living in poverty - in the form of donations of their skills, resources and communitywide support.

Donna Forga was left alone with two children and no formal education to support herself. She found herself baking biscuits at a fast-food restaurant. But like many women, she found that wasn't sustainable when one of her children needed her.

"If you get the low-end, low-wage job if you're a woman with children, when chicken pox comes along, there's just no room for you to be able to keep that job. "

Forga attended school to receive her law degree and is now a district court judge.

More information on the campaign is online at nccaa.net.

Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service - NC