Katie Bates, Canyon, Idaho

Interview By Sasha Abramsky | Posted Wednesday April 25, 2012

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Katie Bates - poverty - Canyon, Idaho

Pregnant at the age of fifteen, Katie Bates dropped out of high school. Over the decade that followed, she had four children and developed a methamphetamine addiction. In 2009, she went through drug court, got clean, and began volunteering at the Western Idaho Community Action Program. Today, she works at WICAP’s food pantry. Here she discusses addiction, poverty, abuse, and how she retains her optimism despite the hardships she has lived through.

Tags: criminal justice, healthcare, hunger, idaho
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