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Monday, November 13, 2017
Twelve percent of Quad Cities adults report that their mental health is "fair" or "poor."  For low-income Quad Citizens, however, that percentage is much higher: 50%.   Tom Bowman, CEO of Community Health Care (CHC), sees this as a serious service gap. "While there may technically be enough programs and resources in the Quad Cities to meet the community's mental health needs," he says, " not enough of them focus on serving low-income...
Sunday, November 12, 2017

If you have a good education and a good job, it’s easy to take your financial security for granted. Most people don’t realize how quickly and unexpectedly that security can disappear.

One such case is Tiaira Walls. Two years ago, she was a graduate  student at Kaplan University, living in Davenport. But then the relationship she was in became abusive. Tiaira made a difficult decision: she and her three children left home.

In the...

Sunday, November 5, 2017
In today’s economy, having a job by no means guarantees that you earn enough to pay for basic needs. In the Quad Cities, for example, a single person living alone needs to earn more than a dollar an hour above the federal minimum wage to afford necessities such as rent, food, transportation,  and health care. For families, living expenses are so high that, even with two paychecks coming in, many households still struggle to pay their bills.  ...
Sunday, October 29, 2017
When a student drops out of high school, the impact on the student’s future is easy to measure. But dropping out of school affects not just the student, but the Quad Cities as a whole. High school dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, be teen parents, abuse drugs and alcohol, commit crimes, and have more chronic health problems – all of which is a drain on community resources. In all, it’s estimated that each high school dropout in the Quad...
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Studies show tutoring is one of the most reliable methods for improving reading outcomes.    As such, United Way piloted Vello, an online tutoring and reading program, to provide one-on-one reading assistance to help build confidence and reading skills students need to make the most of their potential. As part of the pilot program, 60...

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