For the past five years, I have been attending the graduation ceremony of the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency. It used to be called Samaritan House, when my beautiful friend Dr. Green was leading the organization. I was invited years ago to attend the graduation to help understand the goals of the organization for a potential partnership, but found myself drawn to the people there.
Sometimes, what's on the outside can count.
In the decades since returning home from service, U.S. Army veteran Jim Wolf has faced poverty, homelessness and alcoholism. But with a bit of physical transformation, he finally found a way to turn things around.
Inspired by Dove's "evolution" ad series, Rob Bliss Creative and Degage Ministries, a charity that works with veterans, created a video that showed Wolf getting a haircut and new clothes to help transform his life.
One Sunday evening when I was browsing Facebook, I saw this marvellous idea shared by my very kind and considerate friend, and it certainly flicked my light on, but the dark side was looming within me and I had to consider a hard truth, and so I thought to myself, in the UK this would be taken for advantage, probably not by the business owners either, but by others not in need, surely something is wrong when I doubt my own citizens like this, but I would like to see this option to donate here, even if it meant proof of homelessness was necessary, but why do I believe so strongly about this?
Stephen Lurie of The Atlantic covers the decline of homelessness in America and notes the surprising lack of coverage in the news media of the remarkable 17% decline in homelessness from 2005 to 2012 (7 years). It's interesting to note some of the major points here are:
- Federal action has been a major funding source for programs
- Innovative programs have focused on putting homeless into housing before treatment and therapy…