Peel away all the layers of “how” and you get what it really means – and feels like – to live in poverty.

Loneliness, shame, alienation and hopelessness.

Ann Godderis still wells up as she recalls the raw emotion attached to feelings of isolation that 60+ low income locals – 38 men and 25 women – expressed during a meeting in Trail last week.

“It was the emotional content of the day that really affected me,” said Godderis, an event organizer. “There was no ‘blaming’ anybody, it was just how they felt. That sense of shame, guilt and of being cut out, not included.”