Kathy Ellis, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District, is joining with Ste. Genevieve County organizers Elaine Belovich and Joan Wilson to host a community forum on Social Security at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, at the Progress Sports Complex on the campus of the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center.
Panelists/facilitators include Liz Yokley, assistant public information director at the Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging; Stephanie Schenck, administrator at the Ste. Genevieve Care Center; and Ellis.
The event is free and open to the public, and is a space to ask questions of panelists, share experiences of using and applying for Social Security, and begin to work together to identify ways to protect and expand social security. All are invited, regardless of party, affiliation or opinion on the topic.
“Traditional company pensions have been largely done away with over the last thirty years, so Social Security has become more vital than ever to the elderly’s livelihood and well-being,” Wilson said. “Additionally, Social Security provides income to the disabled who are unable to work, so we must protect it and work to expand it.”
Ellis has worked as a licensed clinical social worker and addictions counselor for over 35 years. In addition, she serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including a committee on cultural diversity, a local community health center, and an organization providing services to victims of domestic violence. Ellis currently lives in Festus with her spouse, Ann. This forum is the seventh in a series of community-led forums throughout the district.
(Information from Kathy Ellis’ campaign.)