COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Some citizens in Columbus County are trying to use a new organization to target the county's high poverty rate.
Last year, the North Carolina Justice Center put the county in a "persistently poor" category, which means it had high poverty rates every year for 30 years.
Sixteen people who come from different backgrounds, but are all involved in the community, are coming together to form Circles of Hope in Columbus County.
There are currently 14 Circles of Hope agencies in the state, and the one in Columbus County is the first on the eastern end.
Organizers say that they will select a dozen families living in poverty, using referrals from agencies like the Department of Social Services and the school systems.