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Paving a Way Out of Poverty

We offer both short-term solutions and long-term strategies
to help people in need.

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Poverty Isn’t Always Apparent

More than 12 percent of Newton residents live below the federal poverty line. And yet, we don’t always recognize poverty, even when it’s right in front of us. 

We come alongside individuals and families who are suffering from the effects of poverty, offering compassion and support, as well as short- and long-term solutions to alleviate both the obvious and the subtle impact of poverty.

How We Help Overcome Poverty

Rent, Utility and Prescription Assistance 
No one should ever have to choose between paying the electric bill or refilling a prescription, which is why we help low- to no-income individuals and families close the gap when there is a financial shortfall.  

Material Assistance and Back-to-School Supplies 
We provide clothing vouchers and household goods year-round, as well as new school supplies for families with school-age children every August.

Medical Equipment Loan Closet  |  Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - noon
424 S. 2nd Ave. E. (note: this is not our main location at 301 N. 2nd Ave. E.)
Walkers, canes and other healthcare items can be cost-prohibitive for those living within a strict budget. Anyone in need of such items is welcome to drop by our Medical Equipment Loan Closet, complete a simple waiver and borrow what they need for as long as they need it. We also welcome all donations that can be used for these purposes.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Assistance
Because the holidays can put an even greater strain on an already-tight budget, we provide food baskets at Thanksgiving and toys and food at Christmas to families in need. 

Our partnership with the Newton Correctional Facility enables inmates in the work release program to help with holiday food basket and gift distribution. 

Food Programs
Hunger is one of the most crushing effects of poverty, which is why we offer a daily food pantry, bread and sweets two days a week, and a community produce and food giveaway one day a week. Learn more about how we help cure hunger in Newton.

Pathway of Hope
The goal of Pathway of Hope is to guide families with children 18 years and younger through crisis and instability to a place of security in order to ultimately break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. We offer strengths-based casework, providing services such as:

  • financial counseling and planning
  • goal setting with manageable action steps
  • job training, referrals and employment assistance
  • assistance with securing housing and child care
  • emotional and spiritual support 

Pathway of Hope works with people where they are, offering practical guidance to help families overcome obstacles and achieve their big-picture goals, one step at a time.

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