Christmas is quickly approaching, and for those in the Christian community, excitement is building for the holiday. Without going into the Christmas story as written in the Bible, let’s take it back to focus on the beginning: Joseph traveling to Bethlehem to be counted in the Census. The Census, which can be verified by a quick Google search, was also repeated in what would have been the year of Jesus’ 10th birthday. Let that sink in: the Census dates back to the Bible and th
As Thanksgiving approaches, we may consider what we are thankful for. One thing many families will thank this year is the food on their table. But we can’t forget about the other sources of food that nourish our families. For our children, one of the most notable sources is the breakfast and lunch they are provided during school. These meals are often dependent on funding from the federal government. Justification for this funding primarily comes from data collected by the U.
“The 2020 Census is coming. For the large part of my life, the Census played like background music. I knew it was there, but I didn’t pay much attention to the lyrics. The Census drops in every ten years as this big thing. But honestly, I hadn’t spent much time thinking about it in my own neighborhood. Yet as 2020 nears, and the Census conversation picks up, I began connecting the dots between the Census process, taking the Census, and my life. I’ve learned that funding deter
“Do you want to be able to save a life in the event of an opioid overdose?” This is one of the questions that Joe Solomon, a volunteer with SOAR WV (Solutions Oriented Addictions Response) and a social worker with Cabin Creek Health, asks business owners across Charleston when trying to teach people about the life-saving effects of Naloxone. Naloxone is a medication that can counter the effects of an opioid overdose. It literally saves lives. SOAR is trying to spread the word
“I lost twenty-five pounds in a few months. I would go to class and lack focus, falling asleep sometimes because of the fatigue. At work, they would ask me if I needed a break because of the tiredness they saw in my eyes, my body, and my performance. But I couldn’t turn down a shift of work; if you worked for so long you would get a free meal. That was sometimes my only guaranteed meal. I am a college student in West Virginia. I have struggled with hunger. I still struggle wi