Cash for the homeless?

Effective Compassion | What one nonprofit learned from giving handouts
by Charissa Koh
Posted 12/22/20, 03:59 pm

A Canadian charity got unexpected results when it decided to test whether giving a hand up really is better than giving a handout.

Foundations for Social Change recently released the findings of a study in which it gave homeless people thousands of dollars and followed them for a year. News outlets said the results contradicted stereotypes about the harms of cash payments to the homeless, but those reports overlooked some important features of the study.

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Visions of hope amid pandemic

Hope Awards | The coronavirus challenged compassion-providing ministries in new ways
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/10/20, 01:14 pm

This is year 15 of WORLD’s Hope Awards for Effective Compassion, and the strangest. The 100-plus ministries our readers nominated had to adjust their programs in the face of COVID-19. We had to adjust our process of choosing winners. 

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Relearning how to live

Hope Awards | Gilgal helps women leaving addiction and homelessness. But some leave before they’re ready, and staff members have to cope with disappointment
by Charissa Koh
Posted 9/10/20, 12:10 pm

In the spring of 2017, a shelter worker handed Rachel Dowdell, 51, a list of recovery programs near Atlanta. “I looked down the list, and I’d heard of all the other places, except Gilgal,” Dowdell said. When she called, case manager Deborah Moore explained that the 12-month program was Christ-centered and for women only. “Her voice is so kind. It’s like she wanted me here,” Dowdell remembered. She agreed to go, but while waiting for an opening, Dowdell relapsed into drug use. 

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