For Miami Valley Today
PIQUA — Congressman Warren Davidson was in Piqua on Tuesday, April 16 visiting the Piqua Compassion Network. He was invited by Rebecca Sousek, executive director of the PCN, to learn more about what PCN is doing to help people rise out of poverty and obtain self-sufficiency.
Also in attendance were Piqua Compassion Network’s board of directors, current Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison, who is planning to retire in late spring, and Lieutenant Rick Byron, who was announced as the new chief of police for the Piqua Police Department.
“We are so grateful that Congressman Davidson was able to take time from his busy schedule to learn more about what we do here. I think it’s important for us to be able to keep our lawmakers in the loop about what goes on behind the scenes to address issues such as poverty, opioid abuse, and reemployment,” Sousek said.
She went on to say that since PCN opened, more than 1,500 people who have come through the facility. The group discussed the PCN’s programming which includes a “Getting Ahead” program that provides tools and mentors for people seeking to escape generational poverty. PCN provides five basic programs for men and women facing crisis situations or need life-coaching.
Congressman Davidson, who recently introduced legislation to address poverty, commended the facility.
“These are people who are living by loving their neighbors. Unfortunately, despite spending nearly over $900-billion per year on 92 means tested (welfare) programs, the federally funded safety net fails them. Thankfully, people like the Piqua Compassion Network are there to help. Their efforts, and the efforts of others, are making a big impact in the community for people who have fallen on hard times,” Davidson said.
In January, Congressman Davidson introduced the People Centered Assistance Reform Effort (People CARE) Act in Congress. The bill would establish a bipartisan commission to review all our nation’s means-tested welfare programs and formulate concrete solutions to reform them.