The Advocate: Newark Think Tank focuses on poverty

NEWARK – Calling all oppressed: The unemployed, or seemingly unemployable. Those struggling to pay rent, buy food or keep gas in the car.

The newly formed Newark Think Tank is seeking experts on poverty — those experiencing it — to try to solve it. The think tank had its third meeting Saturday, and the fourth is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 6 at the Licking County Library.

At least for now, the meetings are for people experiencing some type of poverty or joblessness, said Lesha Farias, group facilitator. Too often, focus groups center around the haves trying to help the have-nots; the goal of the think tank is to work with those who are struggling rather than for them, Farias said.

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