Organization raises awareness for poverty in Alabama

Organization raises awareness for poverty in Alabama

(WTVM) - There are more than 100 families in the Lee and Macon County area alone that need vital repairs to make their homes safe, warm, and dry this season.

In order to bring attention to the struggles of these families, Alabama Rurual Ministry, also known as ARM, has been simulating what life is like by living in a shack in Auburn for the past week.

ARM Director Lisa Pierce has been living outside the Auburn Wesley Foundation on Gay Street since last Thursday in hopes of educating the public about poverty awareness and raising $50,000 for resources that will be applied to the home repair efforts in Lee County and Macon County.

"The families that we serve typically are elderly, they have a disability and they are in need of a roof, or a wheel chair ramp, or maybe a floor, and those repairs can cost anywhere from $500 to sometimes $2,000," explains Pierce. "On a fixed income they just don't have those resources, so volunteers come in and this a way we help resource those volunteers."

So far, the team has risen just shy of $25,000 and is hoping to raise $30,000 before the end of Thursday.

Pierce will be in front of the shack until tomorrow, November 2, talking with people about poverty in Alabama and ways they can help.

If you are unable to stop by the shack tonight or tomorrow, you may also donate through their website at

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