It’s been almost 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson declared a “War on Poverty.” But today, the poverty rate in the U.S. is the highest it’s been in 17 years, affecting some 46 million people.
The economy is partly to blame, but even in good times, millions of Americans are poor.
That’s been a longtime concern for Maurice Lim Miller. He ran social service programs in the San Francisco Bay Area for 20 years. Then one day, the painful truth hit.
“The very first kids I had trained back in the early ’80s, I saw their kids now showing up in my programs,” he says.
He asked himself, “What am I actually accomplishing?” He knew he helped people, but he says, “I had wanted to see people get permanently out of poverty.”