GETTING TO WORK
Poverty ties in with all kinds of social ills - low grades in
expectancy. But poverty is about more than money. Poor people can't get at
the opportunities and services middle-class Americans take for granted. So
the poor often sink into a cycle of day-to-day survival, which often
ensures that their children will be poor too. In West Virginia, that's one
of every five people.
This year's Kids Count Databook compiled a list of opportunities and
Count report, the Gazette chose five of these topics to explore in coming
weeks in the Community section.
This week, staff writer Scott Finn explores the problems of families
who struggle to find a ride to work or to a doctor's office.
A few months ago, Tonya Dillon couldn't get a job, go shopping or even
go to the doctor. All because she couldn't drive.
"I could either pay someone to take me," Dillon said, "or go on the
weekend," when her trucker boyfriend could drive her. The 22-year-old from
the isolated Lincoln County community of Spurlockville felt like she had
to depend on other people for everything.
"Even as a mother, I felt like I couldn't take care of Jonathan," she
doctor, he couldn't go."
When Dillon needed to take her son to the doctor a month ago, she
couldn't find anyone to take her, not even the people who charge $7 for a
trip to the county seat of Hamlin.
Then, she found out about the bus.
"A boy who lives up holler told me about the bus," she said. She took
her son to the doctor on the bus. She learned that the bus would travel
the half-mile off the main road to pick her up at the door, and that it
ran on the hour, every weekday. She could finally do STORY INCOMPLETE