Given our national obsession with work, employment means a lot for not just our pocketbooks, but also our dignity and place in society. From my perspective, the bottom line for the American Dream is inclusion in the workforce.
Kindness runs in Blair Israel's blood. As a young girl, Blair and her triplet brothers, Brett and Blake, were told stories about how her grandmother and grandfather took homeless people off the streets and welcomed them into their home in Ohio.
Seems like it's only been a moment since Alan Graham first invited me to Austin to see the amazing work he is doing. Since then, I have visited Mobile Loaves and Fishes more than any other nonprofit homeless services. The reason for that is simple: Alan and his team place people first!
The mental health industry works very hard to convince government to throw money at "mental health" problems that are very broadly and loosely defined, instead of having a clear focus on delivering basic services to the seriously ill.
As my mailbox becomes inundated with flyers advertising extravagant Labor Day sales, I can't help but think about all of the people who became unemployed in the recession. How have their lives transformed over the last six years? Where are they now?
The answers to ending homelessness in this country have changed dramatically since the days of setting up shelters. Programs, such as Housing First, Rapid Re-Housing, Prevention, are the new solutions to this entrenched social problem.
For someone who is homeless, planning means coping with the immediate future. From where is the next meal coming? Will he find a safe corner in which to shut his eyes that night?
While this water bond, assuming passage at the polls in November, may or may not lessen the need for the Delta tunnels in future years, Brown is thinking much further ahead many decades in fact, to a much larger California.
One boy told me that drivers here despise homeless teens and constantly try to run them down. He said that male drivers would take off their belts and beat him. A girl I spoke with said she quickly learned to dress like a boy, to avoid being assaulted.
Where is the good news to get us out of this funk of no growth and the pain of the recession still lingering for businesses and individuals?
While waiting for my grandson Stephen to return from day camp today at the Tynan School, in South Boston, everybody was talking about how Robin Willia...
It's sad when you think about it to see people living on the streets and in shelters for long parts of their lives. Yet we live in a world where profit is placed over people. Here in the West we will never see housing as a human right, something that builds family and community.
We are getting a crystal clear understanding of the world these children live in. We're asking two key questions -- and the answers are providing insights that are more profound than we imagined.
The eight representatives from DC faith communities are engaged in a fierce debate over whether or not to buy an expensive pair of NIKE shoes.
The notoriety of the Tuskegee syphilis study is unparalleled in the field of bioethics. Last week marked the 42nd anniversary of the horrific experiment's termination, and many people took the opportunity to recall Tuskegee and examine its relevance to the treatment of human research subjects today.
I have spent 25 years advocating for the homeless. And I know that if the solution to homelessness were as simple as taxpayer supported homes, one of the thousands of smart, passionate advocates working on this crisis would have already come up with that answer.