Letter to the editor

Letter to the editor

A Concerned Student

Letter to the editor 

Ending Poverty and Homelessness in Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge is a community that has many important values. We value all citizens as equal and take pride in the community that has been created. Currently in Fort Dodge, we have a poverty rate of 16% and an approximate homeless population of 40 citizens. Fort Dodge lacks the needed resources that should be given to the less fortunate citizens, but we can change that by doing what we know how to do best: coming together.

There could be fundraising events such as auctions, food drives, and even just plain donations. The best way to get people to come together in Fort Dodge would be to get the people in the positions of power to use their platform and get involved first to show the citizens that it is an important cause. With the money that has been raised from these events, shelters would be updated and given more food to feed the homeless people better. Currently there are not many options for food at the shelters in Fort Dodge since they are donation funded and the community has been less involved with the homeless issue in the past years. ¨I was very disappointed. The lady went back to pick food out for me. Only two bags, mostly snacks, in which were expired. open turkey meat, chops were torn open and chicken had also been thawed and frozen again. The carrots and vegetables had mold on ends.¨ (Constable) : A review on the food from the Beacon of Hope in Fort Dodge. Other ways to help the homeless citizens would be for businesses to volunteer to give out petty jobs like cleaning up. This helps give them a small income to get them on their feet. Jobs rarely hire people without a place of residence and an address, so if some local businesses were willing to give them an opportunity to make money that way, it would help tremendously. 

Sincerely,

A concerned student