With national unemployment hovering above nine percent the United States census says one in six Americans are classified as poor.
Here in Kansas, the census says that number's one in seven.
Open, honest, and clear that's Tracy Reeves take on living in poverty and dealing with addiction.
"Honestly it does not surprise me...and it's been years since living above poverty level”, says Reeves.
Her road to recovery starts at the Ashby house in Salina. Reeves says rehab has taught her all about setting goals.
Recently, she's found a job...had a chance to be what she calls a better mother and even has her sights on a home someday.
Over at the local united way chapter, they think the recently released Kansas poverty numbers could be even higher.
In an effort to help everyone in the community the Salina chapter is setting a 75 day goal of raising more than a million dollars.
"I will tell you that makes our goal that much more important", says Kristy Balthazor.
It’s the highest goal the Salina chapter has ever set - knowing the need is greater than ever.