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Woman tells her story of homelessness to crowd in Rapid City

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An audience in Rapid City got to hear a woman tell her story of moving from 28 years of homelessness to achieving a doctorate.

Dr. Donna Beegle speaks, writes, and trains across the nation to educate people about homelessness and ways there can be better outcomes for people in poverty.

The John T. Vucrevich foundation helped put on the talk at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center as part of their Prosperity Initiative. Those involved with today's event say it's important people realize those in poverty are in a crisis situation.

"We need to be able to build the skills, the opportunities for people to stay out of that crisis situation in order for them to reach their potential," said Beegle.

"If we can align all the resources and have everybody working in the same direction then we are hoping to truly move people from poverty," said Sandy Diegel, Executive Director of the John T. Vucrevich Foundation.

In Rapid City, about 16 percent of people live in poverty.

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