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Handcrafted recovery

Effective Compassion | An Indianapolis furniture shop is a place of healing and job skills training for former addicts
by Russ Pulliam
Posted 8/30/18, 11:29 am

Jesse Slaugh sees his time behind bars in Indiana as one of the best events of his 42-year-old life.

He wound up free of opioid abuse, with a new outlook on life and a job building handcrafted furniture.

These days he works at a small business, Purposeful Design, which makes custom furniture and offers work for formerly homeless men who have been through rehab at an Indianapolis rescue mission. Purposeful Design assumes that Christian faith and work opportunity are as vital for the opioid crisis as a top-notch medical response.

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Training Americans to work

Education | Trump touts a technical education funding bill amid push for apprenticeships and vocational courses
by Leigh Jones
Posted 8/08/18, 03:01 pm

David Thompson ran track in high school, and that athletic talent might have paved a path to college. But an injury his senior year created what he described as “a new opportunity.” Four years after his graduation in 2014, Thompson returned last week to his alma mater, Tampa Bay Tech in Tampa Fla., to describe what happened after that injury forced him to “fall back” on vocational training.

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Technical difficulties

Compassion | Bureaucracy could get in the way of low-income customers using their SNAP benefits at farmers markets
by Rob Holmes
Posted 8/01/18, 04:51 pm

A symbiotic relationship between farmers and low-income produce buyers is at risk thanks to a technical glitch.

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