Group Workcamp Rushville, Indiana
In Rushville, the statistics have faces. You’ve heard a lot of talk lately about the decline of the American manufacturing industry. You’ve heard the numbers. Well, in Rushville the numbers come alive—as real people, with real needs and hopes.
Rushville is very much the typical small Midwestern town, located about halfway between Indianapolis and Cincinnati. And like so many small Midwestern towns, it is still very focused on agriculture. But again, like most of the Midwest, many of the people there once made a good living at manufacturing facilities that have moved away, downsized, or simply closed.
Those who choose to stay either struggle to find work or accept what few low-paying jobs remain. Because so many younger people have moved away in search of work, the community is aging. In fact, 15 to 20 percent of the families that live there now depend upon various food assistance programs to survive from one month to the next.
For ages 14+