State Poverty Numbers Grim, but Local Student Advocates See Signs of Hope

Part of the Series 'The Burden of Poverty: A Backpack of Heartache'

by Charles Honey

Lynn Heemstra has been working to improve the lives of Grand Rapids children since 1998. As executive director of Our Community’s Children, a nonprofit advocacy agency, Heemstra has seen some success in getting youths into after-school programs and other means of preparing them for college and careers. But when the Kids Count Data Book comes out each year, she is reminded of how much work...