Too often people in the United States see individuals like Glynda Jackson and Tamara Daffron and completely misjudge them. They associate low income or receiving eligible benefits with laziness as if living in poverty was a choice. “I don’t know anyone who would choose to live in poverty.”
Despite — and possibly because of — the struggle and vulnerability in Kentucky’s rural communities, the images that truly endure are those of strength, resilience and the grace to still discover both within yourself.
View the photo gallery from Southeast Kentucky
Watch the interview with Scarlette Jasper who reflects on the compassion of a family in need
Watch the interview with Scarlette Jasper who reinterprets rural poverty
Watch the interview with about what makes Glynda Jackson angry
Watch the interview about Tamara Daffron who finds stability through financial health mentorship
Every June, that work culminates in the wildly-popular Swim Camp, where children and teenagers not only learn to swim but learn to pursue leadership through lifeguarding, volunteering and interning with Together For Hope.
With a precise focus on literacy and leadership development, Together For Hope continues to build children’s imaginations for what is possible beyond the limited view of poverty.