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    The Conversation Begins - P2P 5/4/17

    On Thursday, May 4, over 400 citizens met at the E. C. Glass auditorium to talk about poverty and its effects on the Lynchburg community. The night consisted of opening remarks from Mayor Joan Foster, Vice Mayor Treney Tweedy and Assistant City Manager John Hughes. Following the remarks, the attendees participated in one of nine discussion groups. The discussion groups were based on the identified barriers that make it difficult for people to succeed in the journey out of poverty including:

    1. Poverty 101: Margaret Schmitt & Kevin Camm: Basics of poverty in Lynchburg and learning about methods to have a community : dialogue on poverty through concepts such as study circles and Thriving Communities 
    2. Education: Laura Hamilton & Pat Price
    3. Childcare: Lisa Darby & Jane Gerdy
    4. Transportation: Brian Booth, Mary Winston Deacon & Dr. John Salmon
    5. Workforce Development: Bob Leveque, Wade Lynn & Jan Walker
    6. Health/Mental Health: Michael Elliott & Tabatha Robertson
    7. Food Disparity: Dr. John Abell, Dr. Bob Brennan, Liza Dobson & Jeanelle Smith
    8. Housing: Denise Crews, Dr. Ken West & Megan Wood
    9. Legal System: Dr. James Camm & Steve Monetti

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