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Oct 28

Paycheck to Paycheck

Dir. Shari Cookson & Nick Doob USA 81 min Not Rated


Presented in collaboration with Women’s Fund of Omaha and Coalition for a Strong Nebraska, the screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

Filmed over the course of one year in Chattanooga, Tenn., PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK follows Katrina Gilbert, a 30-year-old single mother of three working as a certified nursing assistant in an extended-care facility, while striving to address her own health-care issues. Overworked, underpaid, uninsured and lacking support, she chooses daily between purchasing her own medication and paying for the needs of her children, which often leaves her struggling to make ends meet.

Said executive producer Maria Shriver, “We all know Katrina Gilbert – she’s our friend, our sister, our daughter, struggling to make her way in the world. Understanding what challenges she faces, and seeing how optimistic she is in the face of such challenges, is the key to building woman’s economic empowerment.”

Following the film, a panel moderated by Tiffany Seibert Joekel, Director of the Coalition for a Strong Nebraska, will provide insights into struggles faced by families surviving paycheck to paycheck and what we can do to better support working families in our state. Panelists will include Nebraska State Senator Tanya Cook, Heart Ministry Center Self-Sufficiency Programs Facilitator Ericka Guinan, and Heart Ministry Center SNAP Outreach Specialist Aja Alfaro.

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