Poverty is one of the greatest challenges for the more than 16,000 residents of the 61605 zip code. Residents of this zip code have a 49% poverty rate compared to 17% for the county. Through numerous transformational, Christ centered, ministries South Side Mission strives to lessen the effects of poverty moving people from dependency to a self-reliant life.

Some resources to better understand and solutions for poverty are below.

National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative

Listen to Mayor Ardis & Dr. Kherat chat about the initiative on the Greg & Dan Show – WMBD 1470.

Bridges Out of Poverty – City of Pekin

Poverty USA

Poverty in Peoria