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Howard County Executive Ken Ulman Attends Morning Press Conference on Poverty

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman one of the many gov't officials in attendance at this morning's Press Conference held at the Franciscan Center of Baltimore.

Howard County Executive is one of the government officials in attendance at this morning's Press Conference organized by the United Way of Central Maryland & Harvest for the Hungry, held at the Franciscan Center of Baltimore.  Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown are also in attendance.

At the heart of the matter at this morning's 9:30 am press conference is poverty.  One in eight Americans struggle with hunger.  A staggering one in four Baltimorians live in poverty.

The Franciscan Center, host of the event, serves over 400 people Monday through Friday, hot, healthy, free meals, provide emergency groceries, clothing, and assistance with utilities and eviction.  The Center has been offering hope and support for a sustainable future in Baltimore City since 1968.  It's not just about taking care of day to day needs, the Center is about helping people grow, get back on their feet again, all while keeping their dignity through the process.  Some of the additional services that the Franciscan Center offers are: counseling, basic computer skills classes, Attire-4-Hire (suit program for men, recently featured on ABC2NEWS), prescription and dental assitance, and help securing birth certificates and state issued ID's.

To learn more about the Franciscan Center of Baltimore, visit their web site, Facebook page, Twitter account, or blog.

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bill bissenas March 06, 2012 at 02:00 PM
The policies of the Dems have resulted in record numbers of poor people. Thank you Obama, O'Malley and Ulman.
jj March 06, 2012 at 04:12 PM
A very sad state of affairs and the current elected leadership has contributed to the problem. Allowing impoverished people to flow into our country --- some illegally and others legally. Now we wonder why the poverty rate is so high. Also, record numbers of young people drop out of high school and many don't get married before having children. These choices drive the problem. Time for new leadership.
JJ March 09, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Another JJ! Yes, you are correct about the flow of "freebie" seekers, though there are some institutions that still do need our support (like those included in the article). I have to reassess my income level - perhaps if I quit my job I can get a free (and upgraded) house, electric, food, healthcare and discounted cable and internet access. It happens every day in Howard County and there is no incentive for people to actually work.

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