Compassion
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An economic boom for some

Poverty | A thriving job market is good for those with the right training, but manual jobs are harder to find
by Charissa Koh
Posted 1/22/20, 08:01 pm

While serving on the board of a homeless shelter in Indianapolis between 2002 and 2012, David Palmer sometimes led Bible studies for the people staying there. He regularly heard a similar refrain.

“When I would go, I would typically ask people, ‘How are you doing?’” he recalled. “And the answer was so often, ‘I’m looking for a job.’ And I heard that over and over and over again.”

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‘When I was sick …’ 

Effective Compassion | Churches partner with a creative organization to tackle the problem of medical debt
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/15/20, 05:35 pm

When the pastor of Christian Assembly Church in Eagle Rock, Calif., told his congregation members they could erase more than $5 million of medical debt for struggling families in and around Los Angeles, they rose to their feet in applause.

Church member Jean Kellett told the Los Angeles Times that she cried when she heard about the plans to pay off families’ debt over Christmas.

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Getting in the poverty-fighting zone

Compassion | A program to encourage development of blighted areas makes slow progress
by Charissa Koh
Posted 1/08/20, 03:18 pm

A Texas town with a population of about 10,000, is growing wildly just northeast of Austin. The capital city’s high housing prices have pushed families away from downtown to places like Manor, where they can afford a decent house and avoid a lengthy commute.

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