A voice for others: Area residents help those in need

From left, Thea Nietfeld, Roberta Hickman and Jan Swartzendruber talk recently at Mojo’s Coffee in North Newton. Wendy Nugent/Newton Now
By Wendy Nugent, Newton Now Thea Nietfeld became concerned about poverty after seeing how the criminal justice system can contribute to it. “I have been working for Offender Victim Ministries the last two years in Newton,” she said. “So I work with a lot of offenders who are also often poor. I’ve come to see I’ve had the wrong story between the relationship between incarceration

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