VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Fifteen percent of children in Vermillion County live in poverty.

That’s according to a workshop presented Wednesday called Bridges out of Poverty. It helps education, social, health, and legal professionals re-design programs to better serve their clientele.

It also helps build skill sets for management to guide employees and increase the chance of moving from welfare to work.

Participants looked at poverty statistics and ways to help people move out of poverty.

“Not only does poverty affect all parts of the community, but also rural parts,” Health and Human Services Educator from Whitley County Brittney Schori said. “We were asked to come here because it is a drastic need and there is a high poverty rate.”

The Vermillion-Parke Health Coalition’s Poverty Working Group teamed up with Purdue Extension for the workshop.