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About This Event

According to Child Trends, many children living in poverty have gaps in learning, knowledge and socio-emotional development that begin as early as infancy and get progressively wider over time. In Central Indiana, one in three families is financially unstable, meaning the family spends more than 30 percent of their income on housing.  

Join us for this interactive presentation “Real Life. Real Choices.” to experience what it might be like to be a part of an Indiana family living in poverty. This deep dive into real life family scenarios will help participants better understand the problems, issues and challenges that real families in Indiana face daily.  

During this event, attendees will discuss ways to address the needs of low-income families and how to become involved in the fight to help reduce poverty. You will hear ALICE data (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) for Boone County, and learn about the ALICE Threshold – households that earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living for the county. 


  • Indiana DCS – Boone County Office

  • Boone County Guardian Ad Litem/CASA

  • Community Foundation of Boone County

  • United Way of Central Indiana – Boone County


  • Margie Worrell

    Immersive Learning Initiatives Manager, United Way of Central Indiana

    Margie Worrell strives to take community members into the lives of citizens who are living in poverty, helping them develop an understanding of the complex issues surrounding poverty and empowering them to join in the fight for self-sufficiency for every person in Indiana.

  • Aaron Gore

    Area Northwest Director, United Way of Central Indiana

    Aaron Gore is an advocate for the Boone County community, working to assess community needs, to acquire necessary resources in of support programs and services, and to measure outcomes to ensure effectiveness – all to create a positive impact toward self-sufficiency.