“My ultimate goal is to create a space where artists and creators feel comfortable displaying their work and meeting other cool people in the Valley.” Continue reading Faces of Change: Clientele
I dream that one day, I’ll have just enough. My bills will be paid, my kids will be fed, we will have our own space to watch them grow. Continue reading Ashley Ramsden: Poverty in Perspective
I know the people who have dirt under their fingernails from climbing up from the bottom and I have the privilege of throwing them a rope. Rock bottom is the foundation on which I’m building a movement. Continue reading Amy Jo Hutchison: Poverty in Perspective
We are living in a society that assumes we are lazy, poorly educated, and entitled. That I need welfare and safety net programs because I don’t want to work, or I’m too senseless to seek a job that pays more, or worse—I expect everything provided without the effort. Of my working years, I’ve spent more time working more than one job than I have just one job. Before I had my first son, I worked 3. I helped manage a gas station, I was a home health aide for a terminally ill elderly woman, and I often worked shifts at other gas stations for the chain. During that time, I worked an average of 112-120 hours per week. Continue reading Being Millenial: The Struggle of Being Hard-Working, Educated, and Skilled in a Society that Assumes You Aren’t
My ability to serve should never be determined by my gender identity. America is a place where anyone desiring to serve their country can do so and is encouraged to. When did that change?
Writers Note: I met Jasmyn King years ago through her work at Later Gator restaurant in Wheeling – I immediately admired her spirit and energy. Jasmyn’s story is nothing short of inspiring. She has worked hard to overcome many challenges all without losing her optimism and sense of humor. She is known at Later Gator … Continue reading Jasmyn King: Poverty in Perspective
I first met Ellen in July of 2017 at the inaugural Ohio Valley Pride Parade. I met her again almost exactly one year later as a new addition to the OVP Board. I have been astounded by her courage, wit, and passion for advocacy. Ellen’s community leadership and perseverance have made indelible marks on the Ohio Valley. I … Continue reading Faces of Change: Ellen McCroskey