Poverty & Hunger
Crisis Ministry of Mercer County
food & financial assistance for low-income individuals
- The Crisis Ministry is seeking input on study design, data collection, and analysis for tracking outcomes within its programs. This is a large and long-term project for a class or group and would likely require ongoing faculty participation.
- Aside from basic eligibility criteria (proof of threat of homelessness, ability to afford housing going forward), how are decisions made in the homelessness prevention program? What is the pattern of amount of aid awarded relative to income sources, cash on hand and amount owed in arrears? Based on these findings, how might Crisis Ministry rationalize decision-making?
- What is the impact of Crisis Ministry’s License to Succeed program (providing financial assistance to restore suspended licenses) on employment opportunities and other aspects of their clients’ lives?
- What are best practices for linking hunger and nutrition education programs to health outcomes? How is the healthcare industry taking on the issues of hunger and nutrition to improve outcomes for patients? How can food pantries be helpful in this effort, particularly give then health disparities that exist across socioeconomic lines?
Crisis Ministry's website
Mount Carmel Guild
food pantry, service referrals, home health services
For more than 90 years, the Mount Carmel Guild has worked with local parishes, families, and children, to provide assistance to people in need. Over time, the “face” of people who need assistance has changed, along with the people helping the Guild to provide that assistance.
The downturn in the economy has especially impacted those living at or below the poverty level, those on fixed incomes and those living in urban areas. The people who come to Mount Carmel Guild's Emergency Assistance Office for food and/or financial assistance, etc. make up this very demographic.
Potential research projects could include assessing through surveys and/or client interviews what impact, if any, coming to the agency has had on the lives of individuals (and their families when relevant) either physically, financially, emotionally or even spiritually. Mount Carmel Guild would also like to identify the current pressing needs of the people they serve that are not being met.
Mount Carmel Guild's website