if you want to stay poor, then no, no party should be interested in your input.
You make the same mistake everybody else does, believing the lie:
"... Instead, Republicans must convince the electorate that they are just as concerned about the plight of the poor and downtrodden as Progressives,..."
the socialists who call themselves "progressive" are not "concerned" about the "plight" of anybody but their own elections.
THERE IS NOBODY WHO CARES ABOUT YOUR PLIGHT more than you do, and that is as it should be. YOU NEED THE FREEDOM TO CORRECT YOUR SITUATION. Nobody else can or should do it for you (if you are incapacitated then your family, friends and church are there for the purpose).
Charity can not be done by government.