Showing posts with tag: Poverty

Catholic Campaign for Human Development immersion experience to learn about poverty
1 FEBRUARY 2017

Learning From the Empowered Poor

These days we don’t talk to each other enough, especially across economic class. If you wanted to talk with someone who is poor, where exactly would that happen?  Growing up middle class, high school might be the last time you walked alongside people who haven’t shared the perks of your income strata. Then college and […]

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20 NOVEMBER 2016

Five Ways to Support the Mentally Ill

Mental illness is not just a personal issue, but also an issue for congregations and their communities. Approximately one in five adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year, according the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Despite its invisibility, it’s safe to say that every family and every congregation has members […]

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20 OCTOBER 2016

Circles: Group Support for Low-Income Families

  Just as “it takes a village to raise a child,” it takes a group to raise someone out of poverty. That seems to be the lesson of Circles, a program that moves beyond individual mentoring to surround the individual with encouragement. The Circles approach stresses education and training built on a platform of group […]

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Video: From “Helping” to Building Relationships

In this video, Kevin Frank explains why it’s important for congregations to move beyond direct assistance, such as feeding, clothing and building homes for low-income persons, to building relationships with the people we serve and working together to strengthen the common good.  Frank is the Executive Director of the Brady Faith Center in Syracuse, NY.

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17 JUNE 2016

Serving the Poor: The Importance of Dialogue

Ann Morisy tells the story of a group of Brazilian Christians several years ago that visited church projects for homeless people in London. They were shocked by the fact that homeless people were: Treated as recipients of aid rather than partners Not substantially involved in the decision-making process about the project Were assisted individually, not […]

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How To Mentor Someone in Poverty

If you or your team currently provides cash, food, shelter or transportation assistance for families in poverty, then you know how vital such a ministry can be. What’s next? Recently, more faith-based communities have turned to counseling or mentoring as a strategy to build on already existing ministries of providing food, clothing and shelter.

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