Warm: Beds in the St. Lawrence Catholic Worker basement accommodated some in KCK until commissioners moved forward with opening a warming space at the former Reardon Convention Center.—Photo by Charles Carney

PeaceWorks members help thwart attempt to shutter homeless shelter

Several members of PeaceWorks-KC joined an ad hoc coalition to stop the abrupt closure of a cold-weather shelter for unhoused persons in the Kansas City, KS, area recently.

The Flint Hills Nature Trail took Charles past these cows Sept. 4, but throughout his Peace Walk, Charles has also seen reminders of rural America’s poverty.—Photo by Ann Suellentrop

Wichita-to-KC Bob Lavelle Memorial Peace Walk, pondering poverty, 9/6

Hank Williams Jr.’s signature country classic, “A Country Boy (sic) Can Survive,” extols rural independence. While I certainly revere pastoral ingenuity, it is a fact that a greater percentage of rural people suffer poverty, and for longer periods.