This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.
No one need look at a bar graph to know Pierce County families are hurting – just drive down a residential street peppered with homes in foreclosure or visit a job fair where the line snakes out the door.
Cold, hard data cannot accurately capture the pain of those losing their homes or their jobs, but it can help get them help. That’s where the United Way of Pierce County’s recently unveiled “community indicators” come in.
The indicators are the product of an impressive and exhaustive three-year effort to collate every scrap of reliable data to provide a comprehensive picture of the community’s well-being.
United Way calls it “the global pulse of the most vulnerable among us.”