The first session of the Local Poverty Matters Study Group free discussion series will take place on Wednesday, October 1, from 7-8 pm at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant Street, Newburyport. Deborah Smith, Executive Director at Pettengill House, Inc., the community-based social service agency in Salisbury, will speak about the effects of poverty and homelessness on school-aged children in Newburyport, Amesbury and Salisbury.
Ms Smith, a licensed social worker with a Masters of Education in Counseling and Psychology, heads Pettengill’s School Link Service Program, which is designed to break barriers and provide support and interventions by acting as a liaison among home, school and community.
The Local Poverty Matters Study Group is jointly sponsored by the Social Action Committee of the First Religious Society and Pennies for Poverty. The Study Group explores different aspects of poverty in Greater Newburyport in its meetings on the first Wednesday of the month. From October through May professionals from local anti-poverty agencies share their information and insight. Discussion following the presentation is often lively as attendees seek to understand what they can do to help those in need.