Poverty
Moody Publishers

An 'assets-based' approach to church benevolence

Poverty | Acknowledging the gifts, resources, and abilities of a low-income person seeking help
by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
Posted 4/16/16, 09:42 am

Many pastors, deacons, and secretaries don’t know how to react when individuals walk into their offices and ask the church to help them pay their car repair or electric bill. In Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence, Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert offer a biblical approach and provide a practical guide to walking with low-income people. Here’s one segment. —Marvin Olasky

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White poverty and me

Poverty
by Cal Thomas
Posted 3/10/16, 11:16 am

In his continuing effort to pit races and classes against each other, Democratic presidential candidate and self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has said that if you are white, "you don't know what it's like to be poor."

He should drive some of the roads I've driven in West Virginia, among other places. Some of the homes of the white poor look like throwbacks from an earlier time.

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Welfare, yes; work optional

Welfare | Changes in New York since Mayor Bloomberg’s departure show local bureaucracies can make or break welfare reform
by Emily Belz
Posted 2/05/16, 01:00 am

Two years ago, when New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the appointment of Steve Banks to head the city’s Human Resources Administration (HRA), Banks joked that his HRA would be “the first one I’m not going to bring a lawsuit against.” The new mayor laughed, but nobody doubted a major philosophical change was underway at the city agency that administers public benefits.

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