Realty ONE Group Premier is hosting their 2nd Annual ONE Night to Give, featuring a “Denim and Diamonds Benefit” for SECOR on October 29th, 2017. SECOR is a community outreach program for suburban poverty in Douglas, Elbert and Arapahoe Counties. The Krodel Team is proud to give back to our community and to be a sponsor of this important event in raising money to support this wonderful program.
The evening will include dinner, drinks and a silent auction all to allow Realtors and guests to come together, give back and raise money SECOR needs to be successful in providing the care and food for the community. Many people and companies have donated goods and services to the auction and we hope more then double the amount raised last year. The event will be bright and shiny, but the cause is anything but.
SECOR has a food bank in Parker that is helping thousands of families and children. Over the years, we have seen first hand that life events can change a family situation very quickly. Job loss, divorce, illness, or loss of a loved one can change lives overnight. This can result in lost income, getting behind on bills and even loosing a home to foreclosure. SECOR can help feed a family going through these tough times. Suburban poverty is a serious hidden problem that leaves many kids without enough to eat.
According to the Food for Thought program at SECOR “For the first time in history, 3 out of 4 public elementary school teachers say they see students regularly come to school hungry, and experience anxiety when it’s time to go home on the weekend or over vacations because they are not sure if they will get to eat.”
The Impact on Our Children
- Hungry children exhibited 7 to 12 times as many symptoms of aggressive behavior than their at-risk or not-hungry peers.
- Hungry children were significantly more likely to receive special education services, to have repeated a grade in school and to have received mental health counseling.
- Hungry children suffer growth impairment that greatly hinders their full physical potential.
- Hungry children are sick more often, and more likely to have to be hospitalized.
Realities of Suburban Poverty
- For the first time ever, there are more people living in poverty in the suburbs than the urban centers in the US. https://goo.gl/iEvg1d
Nationally, 51% of employed people are living on less than $30,000 a year.
- The national poverty level for a family of 4 is right at $25,000.00. http://bit.ly/1kwy6dH
- Suburban poverty is the fastest growing segment of poverty in America growing at 10% annually.
- Douglas county is in the top 5 most affluent counties in America.
- There are currently 45,000 families in Douglas, Elbert, and Arapahoe counties (where SECOR serves) living in poverty.
- More than 30,000 children in Douglas and Arapahoe counties are not eating on the weekends due to Suburban Poverty.
- It takes a full time job paying $23.00 an hour to live in a 2-bedroom apartment and be self-sustainable.
- The average pay in the 42 zip codes SECOR serves is $15-$17 an hour, if you can find work.