Changing the way they help

Compassion | WORLD’s 2019 Hope Awards winners cope with the COVID-19 outbreak
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/25/20, 05:27 pm

As the new coronavirus pandemic extends into another week, many Americans face reduced hours and pay or no jobs at all. Communities need the assistance of nonprofit groups like the winners of WORLD’s 2019 Hope Awards for Effective Compassion even more at this time. The spread of the disease makes it harder to help the poor, but the ministries’ reliance on God provides hope and clarifies their purpose.

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Inside the outbreak: On the streets

Compassion | COVID-19 upends the way ministries care for the homeless
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/18/20, 05:12 pm

Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission used to have open doors with people moving in and out, but now it has checkpoints at every entrance. People going in have to stop and disinfect their hands, and a worker checks everyone’s temperature as they enter. Staff, volunteers, and even guests at the homeless shelter have learned how to identify symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

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A sobering task

Compassion | Cities help alcoholics and addicts sleep it off, but not necessarily get well
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/11/20, 06:00 pm

On the edge of downtown Austin, Texas, The Sobering Center occupies the first and second floors of a blocky building with cameras above the entrances. Ambulances pull up to the front, and police enter through the side.

Just past the lobby, the center’s paramedics evaluate intoxicated clients in a lab before admitting them to one of the single-sex dorms—large rooms with 24 green cots for clients to sleep in until they are sober. Behind a one-way mirror, a paramedic observes and types notes.

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