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Exiting Homelessness Requires an Individual Journey
Exiting Homelessness Requires an Individual Journey

By: Jon Kuhrt
While ministries and charities can provide support, stability, consistency and resources to homeless people, only each individual can take the steps leading down the hard road of recovery.

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God's Glorious Invitation to Envision a Better World
God's Glorious Invitation to Envision a Better World

By: Michael Manning
Churches spend a lot of time meeting peoples' day-to-day needs but seldom focus on addressing why broken systems persist. We need to see the vision of a better world that God holds out for us.

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It Matters: The Ethics of How We Treat Other Bodies
It Matters: The Ethics of How We Treat Other Bodies

By: Guy Sayles
Everything that happens to us - that is, to our bodies - matters to us and to God. In many ways, ethics is about how we treat bodies, our own and the bodies of others.

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Handing Out Cash Won't Help People Who Beg - Part 2
Handing Out Cash Won't Help People Who Beg - Part 2

By: Jon Kuhrt
When interacting with people who beg, Christians are often seen as soft touches. While we should help people in need and be as human and kind as possible, Christians need to stop being doormats.

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Handing Out Cash Won't Help People Who Beg - Part 1
Handing Out Cash Won't Help People Who Beg - Part 1

By: Jon Kuhrt
Pope Francis recently said it's "always right" to give money to people who are begging. While helping people in need is always right, it must be done in a way that actually helps them.

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Role of Faith-Based Homelessness Initiatives Often Overlooked
Role of Faith-Based Homelessness Initiatives Often Overlooked

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Faith-based groups play a significant but often overlooked role in addressing U.S. homelessness, a new report says. And the impact of these groups is likely greater than the report indicates, an expert says.

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U.S. Homelessness Declines; Emergency Food Requests Up
U.S. Homelessness Declines; Emergency Food Requests Up

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Emergency food requests increased in 2016, even as overall homelessness rates continued to decline, a new report said. The leading reasons for the increase? Low wages and high housing costs.

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Half Million in U.S. Remain Homeless, Report Says
Half Million in U.S. Remain Homeless, Report Says

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Nearly 565,000 people were among the U.S. homeless identified during a one-night count in January 2015, says the National Alliance to End Homelessness' 2016 State of Homelessness report.

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Ministering to Rural Homeless - If You Can Find Them
Ministering to Rural Homeless - If You Can Find Them

By: Jonathan Davis
Homelessness is a significant problem in rural settings. And identifying those rural homeless presents multiple challenges, especially when mandated government strategies get in the way.

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Faith-Based Homeless Programs Among Organizations Receiving HUD Grants
Faith-Based Homeless Programs Among Organizations Receiving HUD Grants

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Local programs working to end homelessness were awarded $1.6 billion in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Churches Bear Gifts, Address Multiple Needs During Christmas
Churches Bear Gifts, Address Multiple Needs During Christmas

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Churches are a pipeline for gift-giving throughout the year. Here are more reports on what local churches are doing to support the common good in their communities during this Christmas season.

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Churches Bear Gifts, Address Multiple Needs During Christmas
Churches Bear Gifts, Address Multiple Needs During Christmas

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Churches are gift-giving institutions during the Christmas season. Here are how a few churches are enhancing their communities and advancing the common good this holiday season.

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Report: U.S. Homelessness Declines, But Numbers Still High
Report: U.S. Homelessness Declines, But Numbers Still High

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Homelessness declined by 2 percent from last year; the numbers of homeless kids declined by 6 percent, and 18- to 24-year-olds by 9 percent. But well over a half-million remain homeless each night.

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How Should You Respond to People Begging?
How Should You Respond to People Begging?

By: Jon Kuhrt
In most large cities, it's common to cross paths with someone begging for money, but giving money is often "killing with kindness." Here are four things you can do to help instead.

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Homelessness Unites Range of Social Issues
Homelessness Unites Range of Social Issues

By: Jon Kuhrt
Homelessness brings together a whole range of social issues - the political issues of material poverty, the moral issues of families and relationships and the personal issues relating to a person's inner identity.

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3 Types of Poverty Often Leading to Homelessness
3 Types of Poverty Often Leading to Homelessness

By: Jon Kuhrt
The number of homeless people living on the streets is a social barometer indicating wider levels of poverty and exclusion. At least three factors lead to someone becoming homeless.

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British Charity Urges Churches to House Vulnerable
British Charity Urges Churches to House Vulnerable

By: Fiona Spence
Ed Walker wanted to do something about Britain's homeless so he and his wife bought a house and rented it out to an ex-offender who had been living in a hostel. And Hope into Action was born.

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Ministering to Homeless by Restoring Right to Choose
Ministering to Homeless by Restoring Right to Choose

By: Hugh Hollowell
Homeless people first and foremost have lost their right to choose. Instead of denying them the ability to make choices, even bad ones, we should love them enough to restore their right to choose.

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Homeless Ministries Begin with Dignity, Respect
Homeless Ministries Begin with Dignity, Respect
By: Hugh Hollowell
Homelessness is more than losing a house and job. It's a series of losses. Churches that want to minister to the homeless should begin by restoring dignity and respect before housing and jobs.
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Winter's a Wonderland Unless You Have No Home
Winter's a Wonderland Unless You Have No Home

By: Hugh Hollowell
Many of us pray for snow. It provides beautiful landscapes and fun times for our children. For others without homes to protect them from the night's frigid temps, the weather is life and death.

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Real Joy Ensures Everyone's Basic Needs Are Met
Real Joy Ensures Everyone's Basic Needs Are Met

Each year, thousands of people pitch tents outside stores awaiting the promise of joy through low prices. Yet if a homeless person tried to sleep outside the store any other night, they'd be run off.

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Jesus’ Inaugural Address, Part 1
I encourage you therefore to trust Jesus’ message. Accept it as a gift. Live in its reality. Proclaim it to the world!
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Second-Graders Know How to Respond to Homeless
Second-Graders Know How to Respond to Homeless
Homeless people are in every community in our nation. Homeless children are in our schools. How should we respond? Some of the best advice comes from second-graders.
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British Churches Work Together to Help Homeless
British Churches Work Together to Help Homeless
A Baptist church in Great Britain is partnering with other churches to open their doors to provide the homeless a place to sleep instead of spending the night outside in the freezing winter.
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One-third of Shelter Residents are Newly Homeless
WASHINGTON (RNS) Nearly one in five clients of Christian rescue missions said they were victims of physical violence within the past year.
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Under Pressure, D.C. Shelter Ends Church-service Requirement
WASHINGTON (RNS) A taxpayer-supported homeless shelter in the nation’s capital will no longer require its clients to attend religious services.
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Will We Take Action to Help Those with No Homes?
Will We Take Action to Help Those with No Homes?
Thousands turn out for housing voucher applications in Atlanta. Hundreds seek shelter in the tunnels under the Las Vegas strip. When will Americans re-evaluate our commitment to society's most vulnerable?
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Hot Topics Make Up 'Sweet Justice' Series
Hot Topics Make Up 'Sweet Justice' Series
Some churches fear controversy, but not Second Baptist of Little Rock, Ark. Their Sweet Justice series tackled hot-button issues and offered first steps on how to get involved.
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No Homeless in Your Back Yard? Think Again.
No Homeless in Your Back Yard? Think Again.
The homeless issue is all around us if we choose to see it. More than one in four homeless people, for example, are children. Will churches work with others to achieve solutions?
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