Courtesy of Watered Gardens

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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A back-row seat

Q&A | An atheist says class divisions have contributed to despair—and he sees secular solutions have not worked
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/10/19, 12:01 pm

Back in the 1990s, photographer Chris Arnade worked as an analyst on Wall Street, and he would go on long walks to relieve his stress. The walks got longer and longer, to the point that he quit work and began documenting the stories of the people he met on his walks in New York’s downtrodden neighborhoods.

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Biblical hope and international poverty, Part 2

Poverty | An opportunity to bring real help to a broken world
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/07/19, 11:56 am

What precisely do the poor of Brazil and Bangladesh, or the reporters at The Milwaukee Journal who write about them—see my previous Saturday Series essay—need to be taught? I learned a lot at our Villars conference three decades ago, particularly from Udo Middelmann, president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation. A number of understandings have remained with me all these years.

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