Why Dorica Watson Fights Poverty in Muncie
By Katie Grieze
The first time Dorica Watson had the chance to work alongside people in poverty, she was not excited.
Dorica had grown up in poverty herself and was able to overcome it. This experience made her believe that anyone could do the same thing if they tried hard enough.
“I lived by that old work ethic: If you don’t work, you don’t eat,” she said. “So if you have the ability to work, you should be out there working.”
But as she got to know the impoverished people of her community, this idea shifted. She began looking past finances and stereotypes to see who the people were.
“If I create a relationship with someone,” she said, “what makes me different no longer matters.”
Now that she’s adjusted her own perspective on poverty, Dorica wants to help others do the same.
Members of the Delaware County Circles program at Second Harvest Food Bank work to increase independence for people in poverty. For the last nine years, Dorica has been working with this organization to guide individuals toward self-sufficiency while helping the community understand the prevalence of poverty.
Dorica says every organization or person needs a “why”— a reason they get up every day to do whatever it is they do. Her motivation is to live with integrity, following her passion and being led by her faith.
For the Facing Project festival in July, Dorica is writing the story of Circles coach Stacy Britton. With the resources and relationships Stacy received from the Circles program, she was able to escape poverty and come full circle by joining the coaching team herself. Dorica is grateful for the chance to build a relationship with this woman and watch her grow.
You can hear Stacy’s story performed on July 8 at A Midsummer Night’s Narrative: A storytelling festival brought to you by The Facing Project.
This inaugural event will feature eight local celebrity writers who will shine the light on eight stories of Delaware County residents on the theme of home. Actors will bring the stories to life on stage at Morrow’s Meadow, starting at 7 p.m.
Celebrity writers will include: Bibi Bahrami, Steve “Brownie” Brown, Wil Davis, Angie Howell, Kelly Shrock, Scott Truex, Dorica Watson, and Stephanie Wiechmann.