Nearly 60 people participated in role-playing exercises at an event Thursday to experience what it is like to live in poverty. The Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities (CEDD) – part of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission – provided materials for the hour-long poverty simulation and facilitated the subsequent debriefing session at Golf Course Road Church of Christ.
May is Mental Health Month, during which organizations across the country strive to raise awareness about mental illness. Midland is no exception. The first Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day — hosted by the Midland County System of Care — is set for 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Midland County Public Library Centennial branch.
Midlander David Gutierrez certainly has a story to tell. He grew up in a gang-infested neighborhood in the greater Los Angeles area, his mother was an alcoholic, his dad wasn’t around. His brother was in and out of prison and his sister was a drug addict.