SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Dakota will host a public forum about poverty called “The Real Cost of Poverty.” The forum takes place in Sioux Falls from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
According to a Census Bureau report, 11.3% of Sioux Falls residents live in poverty.
The free community forum will address poverty in three sessions.
Jan. 30 – 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Below the Surface: The Depth of Poverty
The session features Matt Gassen from Feeding South Dakota, Suzanne Smith, director of the Augustana Research Institute, and Candy Hanson from Thrive Sioux Falls.
Feb. 6 – 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. On the Surface: The Impact of Poverty on our Community
The session will be led by a panel of Sioux Falls experts, including Jamie Nold, assistant superintendent of Schools in Sioux Falls, Jim Schmidt, Lincoln County commissioner, Kari Benz, director of Minnehaha County Human Services, and others.
Feb. 13 – 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Above the Surface: What Can We Do to Get our Community Out of Poverty?
This discussion will be led by local attorney Kasey Olivier, who will tell her personal story of rising from the grasp of poverty. She’ll be joined by others from the area who found hope and assistance in Sioux Falls.
For more information, call OLLI at 605-274-9528.