Hoping For Better

Report Says Childhood Poverty On The Rise

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Posted: August 2, 2014

Amanda Branam, 10, pushes her sister Alicia Brumfield, 2, on the swings at Mercy House on Wednesday. A report released this week indicates that Harrisonburg’s child poverty rate has reached a high. Around the Shenandoah Valley, which stretches from Winchester to Roanoke in the study, the poverty rate stands at 17 percent. (Photos by Jason Lenhart)
Dawn Branam hugs her daughter Alicia Brumfield, 2, as her partner, Bill Brumfield watches over their other daughter, Amanda Branam (not shown), 10, on the front steps of Mercy House on Wednesday. The family came from New Jersey and now lives in Mercy House while looking for a permanent home.

HARRISONBURG — Danger lurked around every corner of the Mercy House playground, or so it seemed from the viewpoint of Bill Brumfield and Dawn Branam.

Watchful parents that they are, the couple…

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