Completing the Census at Emmaus

Every person counts. Emmaus Ministries is helping to ensure that its guests get counted in the 2020 Census. Since the end of July, representatives from the US Census Bureau have come to both the food pantry and soup kitchen to help guests complete the census online.

Linda Treese is both a census staff member and Emmaus volunteer. She helped to coordinate the effort to be on site, saying: “We are only at a 60% completion rate in the county, and the section of the county with the lowest engagement is right here in the city. We are trying to push participation because of the money received per person through the census. It’s used to serve the citizens.”

Emmaus Ministries serves a population that often goes unnoticed and uncounted. With the presence of census representatives on site, the guests served by Emmaus are being acknowledged and included. “Person by person we are getting there,” Treese added.

Photo: Linda completes the census with a soup kitchen guest.

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