This is a tough subject to share in light of the many wonderful things that make up Des Moines, Iowa. However, according to the numbers, the capital of Iowa is a tale of two cities. One full of opportunity, both personal and professional, and the other that is rife with issues that can distance families from living an enjoyable life. In this, the first of two parts of an interview with Elisabeth Buck, President of the United Way of Central Iowa and Seth Johnson program director for OpportUNITY, we lay out several of those significant issues impacting a number of Iowans in the Greater Des Moines Metro. From housing to child care to transportation to wages...all within the shadow of what many of us see as a thriving community. We usually don't extend our interviews into two parts but, because so much is here...we thought it better to split up our conversation. Here is Part One:
Here I continue my conversation with Elisabeth Buck and Seth Johnson from the United Way of Central Iowa as we discuss some possible ways to ease the pain of Central Iowans caught in crippling poverty and having to deal with housing, education, transportation and child care. "If you had a magic wand, what would you do?" It's worth listening...
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