800 Lafayette Ave
Middletown, OH 45044
Following the film, local leaders will participate in a panel discussion about the psychological impacts of poverty and the challenges they create in promoting upward mobility in Middletown. City Manger Doug Adkins, who will be sitting on the panel, believes that successful efforts to address poverty and penetrate a mentality of hopelessness must be collaborative, holistic, and understanding of the circumstances in which people live. Adkins adds that, “poverty has its own culture and lifting families out of poverty takes faith, community resources, education, reliable child care, transportation and job opportunities. Only when all of those needs are simultaneously and continually met will families see ongoing success.” Joining Adkins on the panel will be Jackie Phillips (Middletown Health Commissioner), Suzanne Prescott (Early Childhood Program Director, Butler County Educational Service Center), and Jeffrey Diver (Executive Director, Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families [SELF]).