Reading the signals of the American economy is a challenging task. The numbers run hot and cold but new census figures bear out the common belief that the middle class is eroding and were trending toward a nation of haves and have nots.
You can find evidence of the numbers in the faces of real people at the Omaha Open Door Mission. Some of those faces are unfamiliar to those at the Mission who help the needy.
Tiffani Strack is one of those new arrivals. She says she feels, "like I'm a failure because why should I be here? I should be able to take care of my kids."
Tiffani and her daughter Katie were forced from their home. The drug-centered environment was too dangerous.
The Strack family isn't alone. Staff members say they're serving 28 percent more people today than they did at this time last year.
The situation isn't improving at St. Vincint De Paul. Just last Thrusday we showed you empty shelves.
And back at the Open Door Mission Tiffani is still trying to reclaim her other two children - all part of plan that means moving from the shelter and moving on with their lives.