So I would like to start this blog post with a brief history lesson on the history of the American Welfare System. As a response to the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt created the New Deal in the mid 30’s, which was relief for the unemployed and poor. Our current welfare system, which we know today, dates back to the mid 60’s and “The War on Poverty.” The War on Poverty...

PiN started when my wife and I asked a simple question, “Do we love poor people?” Families helping poor people is central to what PiN is all about. I believe most families want to help homeless people; however, life is busy. Our kids have activities, I have a busy work schedule, and I even need to relax some times. So how can I help the homeless? We often think about the homeles...

Being a facilitator for the Recovery for Life groups has been an amazing and invaluable experience. Between myself, Carrie, and Chris, I cannot count how many times we have all said to each other, "Such great things happen in recovery meetings.I wish we could film THOSE or tell people about all the things happening in the meetings!" Obviously, to protect our clients' confidentia...

 

Part 1: Why Should We Help the Poor?

 

So why should we help the poor? The answer initially seems obvious…Yes, it’s the right thing to do.  However, I would like to spend a little time talking about why we should help the poor. Often we are in a rush to help without a full and complete understanding of why we should help the poor. Helping the poor is extremely important to God; t...

When new volunteers come to PiN, they meekly approach me, and begin to dance around a question; I already know what they are going to say. They ask things like, “How is it that he can afford a phone? I mean, how do you even pay a bill when you live on the streets.” Sometimes they ask, “Where do they take showers? Where do they sleep exactly?” Or they say, “I’m sort of struggling...

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