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A headcount of the homeless

Compassion | The coronavirus makes a challenging aspect of the U.S. census even more difficult
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/23/20, 01:51 pm

Census takers wearing reflective vests, face masks, and bug spray are spreading out in groups of four on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week to count the U.S. homeless population.

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Tiny houses, big hearts

Hope Awards | Chris Wilson runs the Dream Center to help people escape homelessness, but fighting client discouragement is a constant battle
by Charissa Koh
Posted 9/10/20, 12:26 pm

One night in 2013, too few people were on hand to serve meals at the soup kitchen that operates out of the Dream Center. Founder Chris Wilson saw a client who’d been coming for about a year and asked her to help out. The woman, 37, said no, she didn’t want to help serve plates, but Wilson insisted. At the end of the night, she surprised Wilson by saying, “I wish I could do this every night.” 

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“Become like little children”

Immigration | A pastor ministering to migrants in Mexico sees the wisdom of children’s faith
by Sophia Lee
Posted 9/02/20, 04:46 pm

About two months ago, I interviewed a 55-year-old single woman who pastors a church in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Mexico. My interview with her didn’t make it into a story, but my interactions with her left a deep impression on me as my church begins praying about how to help the marginalized in our community.

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