Charissa is a WORLD reporter who often writes about poverty fighting and prison reform, including profiling ministries in the annual Hope Awards for Effective Compassion competition. She is also a part of WORLD's investigative unit, the Caleb Team. Charissa resides with her husband, Josh, in Austin, Texas. Follow her on Twitter @CharissaKoh.
| 2019 Hope Awards Northwest winner Watered Gardens | At a gospel rescue mission, men have a chance to escape the spiral of drugs, homelessness, and joblessness. But it isn’t easy, and many do not make it to the end
| 2019 Hope Awards Southwest winner Little Light Christian School | This Christian school’s mission is to love the children of prisoners—but traumatic backgrounds make the work a marathon of trusting God
| How ministries are working to alleviate the migrant crisis
Charissa Koh | 7/10/19, 05:02 pm
Immigration debates can divide Christians, but compassion for migrants suffering at the U.S. southern border can unite them, and some faith-based organizations are working toward that end by finding ways to help with the flood of asylum-seekers.
| What observers really saw at the Border Patrol station in Texas holding migrant children
Charissa Koh | 7/03/19, 05:05 pm
Conflicting descriptions of the care of child migrants at a U.S. Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, are emerging as journalists, pastors, and lawmakers tour the facility where terrible conditions were reported two weeks ago.
| New study finds overdoses went up in states that legalized pot for medical uses
Charissa Koh | 6/19/19, 02:00 pm
Opioid overdose rates have increased in states where medical marijuana is legal, according to a study that contradicts previous findings released last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
| Despite enormous spending on housing, homelessness rises in Los Angeles
Charissa Koh | 6/12/19, 04:25 pm
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) announced last week that between 2018 and 2019 the county’s homeless population increased by 12 percent and the city’s increased by 16 percent despite massive government efforts and spending.