By Marylouise Sholly For The Lebanon Daily News
The newly revamped "Palmyra Circles Initiative," an anti-poverty force, is expanding into Lebanon city.
By way of making connections to and relationships with middle and upper-class folks, the poor are being helped on their way to a better life.
With the Palmyra group's expansion into Lebanon and the larger geographic perspective comes a new name, "Support Connections of Lebanon County."
Started about four years ago, the goal of the non-profit group is to build relationships across class lines to help low income people break out of the prison of poverty.
The first step is to make others aware of the problems facing those families.
One observation from Lee Smedley, one of the founders of the Palmyra Circles Initiative, and volunteer executive director of SCLC, is that people in society who make the economic decisions that affect others aren't in the trenches with the people who are struggling to make it through every day.
Families may be working hard, he said, but still not be able to break out of poverty.
Poverty in Lebanon County is real, Smedley said, with one out of three families in Lebanon not being able to meet their basic living expenses.