Effective Compassion
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COVID-19 behind bars

Compassion | Prisons release inmates early to prevent disease nightmare
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/01/20, 04:03 pm

While the rest of the United States practices social distancing, most prison inmates live in quarters where they physically cannot stay the recommended 6 feet apart. They usually have at least one cellmate, and some live in dormitory-like housing with close-set bunks. They eat together and exercise together. Many prisons ban hand sanitizer because it has alcohol in it.

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Changing the way they help

Compassion | WORLD’s 2019 Hope Awards winners cope with the COVID-19 outbreak
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/25/20, 05:27 pm

As the new coronavirus pandemic extends into another week, many Americans face reduced hours and pay or no jobs at all. Communities need the assistance of nonprofit groups like the winners of WORLD’s 2019 Hope Awards for Effective Compassion even more at this time. The spread of the disease makes it harder to help the poor, but the ministries’ reliance on God provides hope and clarifies their purpose.

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Inside the outbreak: On the streets

Compassion | COVID-19 upends the way ministries care for the homeless
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/18/20, 05:12 pm

Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission used to have open doors with people moving in and out, but now it has checkpoints at every entrance. People going in have to stop and disinfect their hands, and a worker checks everyone’s temperature as they enter. Staff, volunteers, and even guests at the homeless shelter have learned how to identify symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

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