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Ballpark lessons

Poverty | Baseball history as a guide to welfare
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/23/18, 02:47 pm

Bookstores now display literary efforts with titles like A History of the World in 6 Glasses—and I’m up to a challenge. Here, in honor of the splendid 2018 major league season, is a history of helping the poor in America in terms of three ballparks.

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Martin or Matteo?

Poverty | A historical look at Protestant and Catholic poverty-fighting
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 4/26/18, 03:36 pm

James Whitford, 48, founder and director of the Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission in Joplin, tells stories of rescues from poverty. He tells of Jon, once a homeless addict, who via the help of a mentor gained and keeps a full-time job. Whitford and his volunteers help each lodger at the mission set goals: “He has to be working toward those goals. The end goal is to eliminate homelessness in that individual’s life.”

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Work first, train later

Poverty | Successfully moving people out of government dependency and into self-sufficiency
by Peter Cove
Posted 2/24/18, 10:25 am

I’ve written books on poverty-fighting history based on library research, but Peter Cove has lived that history: His introduction to Poor No More: Rethinking Dependency and the War on Poverty—WORLD’s 2017 Book of the Year in the Understanding America category—begins, “Nearly half a century ago, I dropped out of graduate school and enlisted as a foot soldier in America’s War on Poverty.” Cove once embraced conventional government-centric solutions, but he realized their inadequacy and founded

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