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A Path Out of Poverty

We offer the hope and help for individuals and families in greatest need.

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Fighting Poverty One Step at a Time

 More than 16 percent of Norfolk residents are living below the poverty level, meaning even our own neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances may be living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet every day. 

Poverty can be isolating. Those who suffer often feel alone. We are here to provide community, help and hope. 


How We Help Overcome Poverty

Rent, Utility and Material Assistance
Often the largest bills each month are for rent and utilities. Getting help with a daunting bill payment even just once can turn the tide and help an individual or family reach financial stability again. 

No one should have to choose between heating their home during the frigid winter months and putting food on the table, and yet, sadly, many are forced to make that very choice. That's why we are grateful to work with Black Hills Energy to offer utility assistance via HeatShare funds. Learn more about HeatShare.

We also provide gas vouchers, diapers and other household supplies for those who need help making ends meet.   

Back-to-School Supplies
Families living within a limited budget often find the back-to-school season particularly challenging. The costs of school supplies can add up quickly, which is why we are happy to help kids get what they need to start the school year off on the right foot.  

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. 

Food Programs
Because hunger is one of the most significant effects of poverty, we offer several food programs, including a nutritious community meal six days a week, a food pantry and lunches at area parks for hungry kids during the summer. Learn more about how we help cure hunger in Norfolk.

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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