Compassion
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 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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Facebook/Foster the Bay

Fostering families

Compassion | Churches find creative ways to alleviate the foster care crisis
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/04/19, 03:38 pm

Philip Pattison credits the longevity of his family’s relationship with the California welfare system to their babysitter. Their second foster child was especially difficult—a 7-year-old girl who had suffered abuse and regularly acted out by hitting and kicking people and breaking things around the house. Hiring a teenager to look after her wasn’t an option.

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Strike two for Seattle tiny houses

Effective Compassion | A no-strings strategy to provide for the homeless falls short
by Charissa Koh
Posted 11/27/19, 01:41 pm

Seattle plans to stop funding another tiny house village for the homeless after months of fighting with the property’s managers. It will be the second time the city has closed down a tiny house development.

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