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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. The Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT® Data Center reports the child poverty rate in Madison County is 24.7 percent, higher than the state rate of 19.1 percent. In Central Indiana, one in three families is financially unstable, meaning the family spends more than 30 percent of their household 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. Also learn about local programs and services available in the community as well as area resources and initiatives.


  • Jane Pauley Community Health Center

  • Madison County Health Department

  • Madison County System of Care


  • 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.