The divide between the haves and have-nots in southern Nevada has swelled during the Great Recession. One in 9 families are living below the poverty line on less than $24,000 a year. For many, it’s not enough to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table.
While feeding the hungry at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in downtown Henderson, Tom Johnston counts himself among them. He serves food this day, but knows he may fill a seat on another day. A cook by trade, his job search has yet to boil.
Embarrassed, a 14-year-old said he came to the church with his mom. She’s pregnant and his dad can’t find a job.
For 66-year-old Mary Egelski, it’s even less. She, her daughter, her son-in-law and their baby all live on her Social Security monthly payments of $1,400. She said took two buses to get to the church and plans to take her plate of food home.