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Faith leaders in Tallahassee tackle the issue of poverty in Big Bend

Posted at 6:33 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 18:33:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Faith leaders in Tallahassee are tackling the issues that they say could tear apart the community they serve.

The Village Squares God Squad Project brought the community to Temple Israel to discuss everything from poverty to racial inequality.

The event bringing those of various faiths to the table to offer solutions.

The main issue is poverty. The people attending came with specific ideas about the impact of poverty on the Big Bend.

One person concerned with helping former felons get back into the work force so they won’t be on the streets.

Others feeling their volunteer efforts at local shelters just aren’t enough. Bart Bibler says the conversation is long overdue.

”We need to address this as a community this is not something we can continue to ignore or allow to persist any longer," said Bibler.

One minister suggests the key to solving these issues is self education.

Rabbi Michael Shields says these issues will not be solved in one day. He's hoping that by addressing them now, the community can become a better place.

Panelists told those attending, the way to reduce poverty is to acknowledge it exists and find a way to help.