Longview — Deena Shelton and Leila Thompson came from different backgrounds, but both overcame the same obstacle — poverty.
The two women spoke Tuesday to more than 350 people during the first Poverty Conference at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center.
The conference — aimed at creating solutions to community poverty — was sponsored by The Longview United Way, Partners in Prevention, East Texas Council of Governments, Workforce Solutions East Texas and Region 7 Education Service Center.
LeTourneau Professor John Feezell organized the conference with students’ assistance.
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