The economic problems of Pulaski, Va. — where one-third of residents live in poverty — haunt Denise Hancock’s office. Here, the spiraling number of clients seeking money for basic necessities meets the shrinking resources of her community service organization. And now, with the group’s funds nearly exhausted, Hancock worries about her job, too.
April 14, 2011 Denise Hancock, a community service worker at the New River Community Action center in Pulaski, spends a moment relaxing after work on her bed with her dogs, from left, dachshunds Bouncer and Stormy, a yorkie named Goldie and a chihuahua named Layla. She bought the dogs to keep her company after the death of her son. Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post Buy Photo