'Profiles of Poverty' exhibit stops in Columbus

'Profiles of Poverty' exhibit stops in Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The face of poverty is changing and The Society of Saint Vincent DE. Paul said it's not the usual man under a bridge you might think of.

The "Profiles of Poverty" exhibit at the Columbus library attempts to show you what the face of poverty looks like; whether it's a mom struggling to feed her children, or a family living check to check, or someone who just lost their job.

John Berry is asking people in the community to get out of their bubble and help make the lives of those less fortunate better.

"We just want people to be aware that the issue exist, and get people to talk about it. I think a lot of people hope if we ignore the issue of and ignore the dependence it will go away," Berry said. "And as we come into an election year, frankly, we want to create a dialogue so they people running for public office in this country will be forced to talk about this issue."

Berry is the CEO and Executive Director of Saint Vincent DE Paul. This organization, along with Georgia Power, have helped put this message out by getting more residents involved in helping their neighbors.

He said 1.8 million Georgians currently are living in poverty; in the Fountain City, statistics show almost 48,000 people are living in poverty.

Matthew Gay, a local photographer, has two pictures in this gallery, saying he noticed poverty everyday on his way to work in uptown Columbus

"One in five Georgians are homeless, and if we all chip in and we all help out through non-profits or anyway we can we can make it zero in five quite possibly," Gay said. "What if it was you, put yourself in their shoes, and we can help end poverty one person at a time, one city at a time, one state at time," Gay said.

This exhibit will be available to residents at the Columbus Library until the end of August.

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