Livable communities, access to healthy food, coping with addiction and getting good prenatal care are among the topics of the New York State Poverty to Opportunity Tour, making a stop on Thursday in Salamanca at the Allegany Community Center and the Allegany Reservation. The Seneca Nation of Indians and Cattaraugus Community Action are hosting the event.
The purpose of the tour, which has been visiting communities since April, is to broaden the discussion about poverty in New York and to find solutions for those in need. Caregivers, service providers and people who are in financial hardship are taking part.
Thursday’s sessions, open to all, begin at 9 a.m. with registration and coffee and conclude with a community dinner with entertainment at 5:30 p.m., sponsored by the Seneca Nation. Among the topics being presented are health care for the homeless, the relationship of literacy and good health, and the three-step suicide prevention program known as QPR, Question, Persuade and Refer.
On Friday there will be a guided tour of the Seneca Nation Museum from 1 to 11 a.m.
For more information, go online at nyspovertytour.org.