Poverty

The demise of compassion

Politics | A political history of the last 20 years
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/29/20, 04:31 pm

July 31 marks 20 years since a Philadelphia evening beckoned well for both Republicans and a grand old country that needed a new birth of freedom and compassion. Instead, these 20 years gave us big-donor tax reform, war, recession, Black Lives Matter, and ego.

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A broken system

Poverty | Supporting those struggling to escape poverty can be a blessing for Christians
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/06/20, 01:46 pm

Since I started reporting on homelessness three years ago, I’ve been learning a lot about poverty—who it affects, why it happens, and how it keeps someone there for a long, long time. One common thread I’ve seen among people experiencing homelessness is a lack of social support. Without consistent, empowering, dignity-giving help, it’s almost impossible for someone to lift themselves out of poverty, because the entire system works against them.

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Is working for welfare benefits a SNAP?

Poverty | What cuts to food stamps mean, and how churches can fill the gap
by Charissa Koh
Posted 12/11/19, 06:15 pm

At a homeless shelter in Joplin, Mo., a wall by the coffee pot is decorated with food stamps cards. Residents who give up the government benefit add their cards to the wall, symbolizing the way of life they are leaving behind. Jocelyn Brisson, now the shelter director for Watered Gardens, grew up on food stamps and took part in the program from when she was 18 until she turned 50, sometimes trading her card for cash to buy drugs or cigarettes.

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