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Do you worry about your financial security?

Do you worry about job loss, the spiraling cost of healthcare,

or putting food on the table? If so, there are many resources available to you to bring greater financial security to your life, and to the lives of your loved ones.

 

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.

                                                                                                     Proverbs 22.7 (NIV)

JOB SECURITY

If you fear job loss, there are many resources available to help you find a new job or develop skills to become more marketable. The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services provides a wide range of services to help you obtain unemployment benefits. If you want to apply for benefits, you can determine your eligibility here. If eligible, you can apply for unemployment benefits by following this Step-by-Step Guide.

 

Another agency that can help you with financial assistance due to job loss is Impact, which will connect you with a variety of resources.

 

If, however, you want to search for a new job, pursue a better job, or learn new skills to make your life better, then OhioMeansJobs can help. OhioMeansJobs assists job seekers, employers and youth with job search assistance, employee recruitment, job training, and more.

 

VOCATIONS & OTHER

EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS

According to the latest U.S. census, 32.1% of Americans 25 years old and older have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree. While a college degree can provide enhanced job security and a higher income, a college degree isn’t necessarily the right choice for everyone. There are many other paths, however, that can lead to a fulfilling life. To get there, however, you will still need an education. You may need to attend a trade school, earn a certification or complete an apprenticeship.  Dave Ramsey has identified the 25 high-paying jobs that do not require a four-year degree.

HEALTHCARE INSECURITY

If you have challenges with health care, there are resources to help you:

 

Columbus Public Health offers services to help you many needs, including women’s health, children, smoking cessation, and dental services.

The City of Columbus can connect you to many resources, including health care for adults and children with low income, the Health Insurance Marketplace, a list of community clinics, and much more.

 

FOOD INSECURITY / HOMELESSNESS

If it’s hard to put food on the table at the end of the month, there are resources that can help:

Mid-Ohio Foodbank: The Mid-Ohio Foodbank provides enough food for about 140,000 meals each day. Email them at info@midohiofoodbank.org, or call 614-277-FOOD (3663).

 

Many local churches can assist you in

obtaining food or finding shelter

Diocese of Columbus (Appointment required, call 614-241-2530 or 614-241-2531): The Joint Organization for Inner-City Needs (J.O.I.N.) provides material needs for low income families in Franklin County and functions under Catholic Charities of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus.

 

Faith Mission is one of the largest homeless shelters in Columbus, Ohio. Each year, Faith Mission provides more than 90,000 nights of shelter to men, women and veterans and serves three meals a day to anyone who is experiencing homelessness.

 

Holy Family Church operates a soup kitchen and food pantry where they serve over 300 people each day, Monday through Friday, and provides groceries weekly to over 125 families.

 

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul assists with food, clothing, housing and other needs.

Everyone goes through challenging times, but the true challenge is to persevere and create a life that is bountiful and fulfilling, a life where you are self-sufficient and can take care of yourself and your family. Only then can a person feel free. Unfortunately, many people who start accepting government assistance find it hard to stop receiving assistance.

WAR ON POVERTY 1, 2

President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a War on Poverty in 1964, when the poverty rate was 17.3%. The poverty rate fell to 14% during the next three years, but has not budged since then. Despite the 100+ programs at the local, state and federal level, and the hefty price tag of $23 trillion—yes, that’s $23,000,000,000,000—spent on the War on Poverty, the poverty rate has remained at 14% for the past 55 years.

Perhaps that War on Poverty has failed because the recipients have opted for a hand-out rather than a hand-up.

Perhaps that War on Poverty has failed because the recipients have opted for a hand-out rather than a hand-up. The actual living conditions of the “poor” no longer resemble those experienced in 1964.  Consumer goods and services that were once considered luxuries, are now very affordable and readily available. The recipients of these programs own multiple cars, air conditioning, computers, cable TV, and wide-screen TVs.  In terms of nutrition, a USDA survey showed that 96% of poor parents stated that their children were never hungry at any time during the year because they could not afford food. In fact, most poor children today are supernourished and grow up to be, on average, one inch taller and 10 pounds heavier than the GIs who stormed the beaches of Normandy in World War II. For the poor adults, 82% reported that they were never hungry at any time in the prior year due to lack of money to buy food.

 

THE WAR ON POVERTY FAILS

Lyndon B. Johnson contended that the War on Poverty would be a one-time investment to eradicate poverty, however the program created conditions that fostered the breakdown of the recipient’s habits and norms of self-reliance. The anti-poverty programs created incentives that resulted in the loss of productive social norms. The programs also have had a devastating effect on marriage, as the unwed birth rate has skyrocketed from 7% in the 1964 to over 40% today.  The expanded welfare state has eroded the recipient’s ability to take care of themselves and destroyed families, all of which has resulted in the birth of generational welfare.

 

THE WAY FORWARD

After nearly six decades of the War on Poverty, the program has proven to be an expensive failure.  Not only has the program cost taxpayers three times more than all U.S. military wars since the American Revolution, it has ruined the lives of the people it intended to help. Recipients of the programs have lost the ability to take care of themselves. Children grow up in broken homes.

...it has ruined the lives of the

people it intended to help.

These people are the victims of the War on Poverty. In order to avoid this fate, people must realize that temporary setbacks happen, but long-term security and independence must be the goal. People need to embrace the fact that hard choices—to finish school, develop a skill, cultivate a strong marriage, nurture your children—are needed for a fulfilling life. The hard choices set the foundation for a rich and satisfying life, a life free of debt and full of choice. This is true freedom.

 

 

  1. https://www.heritage.org/poverty-and-inequality/report/the-war-poverty-after-50-years
  2. https://www.cato.org/commentary/whats-missing-war-poverty

 

 

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