While you might only think about going to your local homeless shelter or soup kitchen during Thanksgiving or on Christmas the people who are utilizing the programs offered by these organizations are in need well after your decorations are back in the attic and December 25th has come and gone.
Every person deserves a safe, stable place to call home. But in the wealthiest nation in the world, more than half a million Americans sleep on the streets or spend their Thanksgiving in a homeless shelter. Many of them are children.
Supporting the work of Bread for the World is one of the most effective ways we can help stabilize our world. If you're one of the many who have responded so generously, thank you. Consider sharing this challenge with your friends so we can further leverage our concern.
Help us to love and respect and protect and welcome them all on this day of Thanksgiving as we affirm the sacredness of every child in our own country and all around the world.
It's impossible to make sense out of the news these days, because we have a feeling that we cannot impact on such matters directly. Things happen too far away and out of our control. But, changing the world can start locally.
Ending homelessness is not about waving a magic wand so no one becomes homeless ever again; rather, it's working hard to make sure the processes and systems are in place so that when a person or family enters homelessness, their housing needs are quickly and appropriately identified, met and sustained.
The image we remember when someone has climbed a mountain is the photo at the top: the exhausted and exhilarated climbers planting the flag at the summit. What we don't often think about is the long descent back to safety.
Here in Washington, DC, we have created an organization called Casa Ruby, committed to creating new possibilities for the most vulnerable. Casa Ruby offers transitional housing, a safe place, and meals for the most vulnerable in the LGBTQ community.
Homeless service providers, advocates, people experiencing homelessness, and our colleagues in federal, state, and local government have spent far too long trying to subdivide a pie that is too small to meet the need.
I'm not sure if the idea of shuttling those in need of shelter is genius or unrealistic. One thing is certain: It's never been done before in Portland.
The District of Columbia is a wonderful place to live -- if you can afford it. The high cost of housing makes ending homelessness in our city more of a challenge. No District resident who works, or who has spent a life working, should be in poverty and homeless.
If you were like many Americans on November 12 of this year, you did take time to honor those who have fought - and still fight for - our country. Perhaps you were there personally to watch the parades that day which took place in the largest and smallest cities.
I have a pretty enthusiastic American Literature professor here at the University of Southern California. Actually, enthusiastic might not be the right word for it; I think the words "intellectual agitator" best describe his personality. He's one of those guys that want you to question everything that you know and believe, but in a good way.
To add meaning to the holiday season, every Christmas I help raise funds for Bread for the World, which gives hungry people a voice in our halls of go...
If we let fear guide us, then we have already lost. The United States of America was not founded on the principles of fear and fright. Our ideals should not be to enclose ourselves, shutter mosques, reject Arabs and Muslims or let the world fend for itself.
It was a chilly October evening as I walked through a bustling Times Square on my way home from work.