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Why we will no longer be a welcoming church
We’ve decided to quit being a welcoming church. No kidding. We’re giving it up. Like so many congregations, we’ve sunk an amazing amount of time and energy into becoming a welcoming church. We changed worship styles, trained greeters and ushers, wore name tags, brewed coffee, went to workshops on hospitality and put our friendliest people …
What happens to thrift-store donations? A behind-the-scenes look
You’ve finally done it. You’ve gone through your house and purged the belongings you no longer need: baby clothes the kids have long outgrown, the “I love Cancun” T-shirt that’s
How to Start a Residential Program
This workshop will give you an overview of how to start your very own residential program. You will learn about the different types of residential programs, zoning, licensing, permins, documentation needed, funding, and more!
Why I joined the Junior League of Boston
- Haley McCraven is the Director-Elect of Strategic Management and Planning for the Junior League of Boston. In the fall of 2010, I had just moved to Boston to start a new job at a large law firm downtown. A few friends from college lived in the city but I felt my circle of friends was just too small and something was missing. Although I loved my job and was enjoying being a young twenty-something in the city, I missed having a volunteer…
Senior Living Care 101: What Options Are Available?
If your parent or loved one is getting older and is having a difficult time caring for themselves, you may be looking into different forms of senior living care. There
Why I Lie to the Food Pantry
I admit it. It's true. I lie to the people running the food pantry. But before you get out your pitchforks and righteous indignation, before you diatrib...
How to Fight Homelessness
If we don’t want more people on the streets, let’s stop kicking them out of their homes.
The State of Homelessness in America: Trends in the Homeless Assistance System
On any given day, hundreds of thousands of Americans experience homelessness and interact with the homeless assistance system. Fortunately, many of them will become housed. Though the end point—housing—is the most important part, the process of accessing housing can vary greatly from person to person The homeless assistance system offers a variety of interventions: emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, and rapid re-housing. While some…
Ending Homelessness: What is Housing First?
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- During his years as a homeless teenager, Colton Hughes lived in underground tunnels and group shelters similar to the Missouri hotel, both left him feeling more alone and somehow still... less independent.
Homeless Shelters Should Be a Place to Heal
The trauma, emotional and physical pain that comes with homelessness can only be addressed by employing love and compassion.
How To Help Homeless Families
Seeing Dasani Coates standing alongside the dignitaries at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration earlier this month was a heartening sign. In December, the 12-year-old girl’s struggles living with her family in a decrepit city shelter had been vividly captured in this newspaper in Andrea Elliott’s series “Invisible Child.” Dasani’s story struck a chord.
What Is It Like to Stay in a Homeless Shelter?
The quality of homeless shelters varies by region and by shelter. Some are run by great people while others are run by malicious people.
How to Help Homeless Families
There are programs out there, in the city and around the country, with an encouraging success rate.
Why Hike for the Homeless? — Safe Haven
There is the event itself: The Hike for the Homeless is a Nashville favorite for its heavy dose of outdoor time, friends, family, food and fun. The event includes hiking on two paved trails, a complimentary lunch, children’s activities a climbing wall, live music and more. This is a fun family/community event which brings everyone together to support the mission of Safe Haven Family Shelter. The Hike provides a space for the community to learn more about Safe Haven Family Shelter, engage with…
Why Youth Homelessness Is on the Rise
They are the nation’s invisible homeless population, undercounted for years, hiding out in cars and abandoned buildings, in motels and on couches, often trading sex for a place to sleep.
10 Facts About Youth Homelessness
Learn the facts about youth homelessness and how you can help.
Here's How to Use Vacant Property to House the Homeless
There's a shockingly sensible and little-known federal program designed to answer one of the most vexing issues in American cities.
This Building Is Redefining What A Homeless Shelter Means
Eva’s Phoenix is a like a city within a city in downtown Toronto.
Architects were asked to design appealing homeless shelters on a $1-million budget. Here's what...
The Urban Land Institute is offering Los Angeles officials help finding sites for homeless shelters and has enlisted a group of architects and landscapers to design them.
What more than housing could homeless families need?
HOUSING'S ONLY PART OF THE ANSWER. Giving each homeless family we serve a safe, stable place to live is important to what we do at Family Renew Community. But it's not what we're all about. We're about offering every mother, father and child who stays with us the opportunity to change their lives. This involves spending time with the families - guiding them to explore their needs, talents, stumbling blocks and desires, helping them plan their path out of homelessness and connecting them…