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Connections for the Homeless invites the community to INSPIRE, a fundraising luncheon, on Sept. 27, featuring H. Luke Shaefer, co-author of the book “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.” That amount, $2 a day, is one of the thres-holds for extreme poverty that the World Bank uses in its work around the globe.   

Most people would assume that a World Bank threshold for poverty would apply
primarily to poor or third-world countries, but Mr. Shaefer and his co-author Kathy Edin write, “In early 2011, 1.5 million households with roughly 3 million children were surviving on cash incomes of no more than $2 per person, per day in any given month. That’s about one out of every 25 families with children in America.”   

The Sept. 27 luncheon, catered by Curt’s Café, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Woman’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Ave., and will be followed at 1:30 p.m. by a panel discussion including Mr. Shaefer, a former participant in Connections programs, and several Connections staff members. Moderated by the Reverend Patricia A. Efiom, the panel will discuss the strategies that people use to survive with little to no income and provide real-world experiences about the very poor here on the North Shore.  

Tickets to INSPIRE are $100 per person, $1,000 per table of 10, and are available at www.connect2home.org. Tickets will not be sold at the door.