Hope Award
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One man’s kindness spurs a city’s change of heart

Homelessness | After shutting down homeless ‘slumber parties’ at a suburban Chicago home, Illinois officials work to find new shelter space amid record-breaking cold
by Rob Holmes
Posted 1/11/18, 01:42 pm

City officials last week ordered an Elgin, Ill., man to stop using his home to host “slumber parties” for the homeless. But this week, the city wants Greg Schiller’s help to find new ways to fill gaps in services for the homeless.

Though his suburban Chicago home remains off-limits as a temporary shelter, Schiller said the city’s new attitude about how to house people on cold nights is “like an answered prayer,” according to WMAQ-TV in Chicago.

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The Hope 95: Examples of what Christians do

Effective Compassion | A directory of 11 years’ worth of finalists for WORLD’s Hope Award for Effective Compassion
by Marvin Olasky & Molly Hulsey
Posted 8/20/16, 02:35 pm

WORLD has reported on Christian poverty-fighting groups since the magazine began in 1986, but our coverage increased when the effective compassion movement began in 1995 and increased once more in 2006 when we began presenting the Hope Award for Effective Compassion. Our goal is to honor a few of the self-sacrificing Christian helpers in neighborhoods throughout the United States and to profile groups that have built replicable programs—we hope others will go and do likewise.

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Anchoring families

Effective Compassion | Alaska center helps reunite foster children with their parents
by Sophia Lee
Posted 7/08/16, 01:00 am

Northwest Region winner: Beacon Hill

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Parents and children often share an expression of wonder when they enter Beacon Hill, a foster care/adoption community resource center in Anchorage, Alaska. Their eyes widen as they scan the room popping with colors, textures, and sounds of children laughing and squealing as they pretend to drive a toddler-sized plastic school bus or flip through storybooks.

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