Who are the Missourians to End Poverty?
Missourians to End Poverty is the coalition of various individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies who have come together around the following vision:
As Missourians, we envision a just society of shared responsibility by individuals, communities, business, and
government in which all individuals are respected, have opportunities to reach their full potential and to
participate in thriving, diverse, sustainable communities.
Missouri is a state rich in beauty and prosperity, in education and opportunity, in security and health, in values and vision. Yet, within our richness lies poverty and fear, hunger and the homeless, unmet potential and despair.
The scope of poverty is vast. For each individual struggling with poverty there exists a unique set of circumstances and issues that make a single solution to poverty, as an issue, impossible. Think of poverty as a net with strands trapping individuals and holding them down. Each individual has different strands that must be cut in order to help them move forward. This report exists to identify some of the key issues surrounding poverty in our state and identifies some potential solutions to those problems - solutions that could cut poverty significantly in Missouri.