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Not Good Enough: What Philanthropy Can Do to Fix Social Services

Willa Seldon | Posted 11.01.2016 | Impact
Willa Seldon

This past September, when four- and five-year-olds across the U.S. entered kindergarten, more than one million of them weren't ready to be there. Some...

The Purple of the Rainbow: Domestic Violence in LGBTQ Relationships

Tory Smith | Posted 10.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Tory Smith

As many of you may know, October is domestic violence awareness month. Every year, those of us who find passion in working to end domestic violence co...

Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council Victorious in PA; Incoming Georgetown Freshman to Thank

H. Caleb Simmons | Posted 08.30.2016 | Impact
H. Caleb Simmons

Siddarth Narayan wants the president's ear. He knows many young adults are cynical about politics -- they don't believe their opinions are heard and they aren't sure how to enter the political process. But he's working to change that.

Celebrating Those Who Serve our City's Most Vulnerable

Christine C. Quinn | Posted 07.06.2016 | New York
Christine C. Quinn

A few days before this past holiday weekend I had the opportunity to meet with the men and women who run our Win shelters and permanent supportive housing for homeless families. The timing - just before Independence Day - was so appropriate.

Improving Human Rights and Welfare in India

Noam Schimmel | Posted 06.10.2016 | Home
Noam Schimmel

Recent articles on bonded labor and human trafficking in India highlight the all too easily overlooked fact that democracies often sustain egregious human rights violations within their own borders.

Don't Panic: There's No People Shortage

John Seager | Posted 06.09.2016 | Home
John Seager

From climate change to Zika to ISIS, it can seem like there are more global challenges than there are people (which is a lot). Clearly, there is no need to create imaginary problems

The Fair Tax: Illinois Cannot Get "Out" Without It

John Bouman | Posted 04.15.2016 | Impact
John Bouman

The "Fair Tax"--an income tax system under which people with higher incomes pay a higher tax rate and people with lower incomes pay a lower tax rate--...

Making Europe Safer

Jamil Jivani | Posted 04.05.2016 | Home
Jamil Jivani

"I can bring my kids here" is a profound statement about the progress seen in the district of Borgerhout, located in Belgium's second-largest city, An...

Creativity -- Therapeutic Uses and Therapy -- Alike and Different

Ronna Kaplan, M.A. | Posted 03.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Ronna Kaplan, M.A.

Creativity is a good thing on many levels! And, most importantly, creativity belongs to everyone, as do the arts. Where things get complicated is along a continuum of the use of creativity and the arts between and among arts and health, arts education, and arts and social service professionals.

A Community Regroups After Police Shooting

R.J. Marx | Posted 02.24.2017 | Crime
R.J. Marx

Probably the most controversial aspect for us at the newspaper was coverage of Goodiding's alleged killer. Phillip Max Ferry, 55, was a longtime county resident when he wasn't incarcerated. Ferry was well-known -- for criminality, addictions and demons.

Why the VA's New Tune About Services for Homeless Vets Is Music to My Ears

Steve Peck | Posted 02.04.2017 | Los Angeles
Steve Peck

VA Secretary Bob McDonald was in Los Angeles last week to unveil the much-anticipated master plan for the West L.A. Veterans Affairs campus and sat fo...

A Solution for Ending Family Homelessness

Ellen L. Bassuk | Posted 01.14.2017 | Impact
Ellen L. Bassuk

As the number of families without homes continues to increase, more attention is being focused on their plight.

The Top Five Religion Trends to Watch in 2016

Megan Sweas | Posted 01.05.2017 | Religion
Megan Sweas

Below are five trends that we are watching, paired with headlines you might see in The Onion in 2016. In other words, don't take our "predictions" too seriously. But there's often great truth in satire.

Laurel House Makes Higher Education Possible for the Mentally Ill

Katherine Du | Posted 11.26.2016 | Teen
Katherine Du

Gregg Pauletti, Laurel House's Thinking Well Coordinator and Education Counselor, in Thinking Well's program space in Stamford, Connecticut. Credit: K...

If You Really Loved Me, You Would...

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 11.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

Knowing that someone has good intentions doesn't mean you have to put up with their craziness. In fact, a clear-eyed view of the difference between their intent and their actions may be the very thing that gives you the courage to walk away.

Runaway Teens At Large: Greenwich Commissioner Alan Barry's Answer

Katherine Du | Posted 10.04.2016 | Teen
Katherine Du

Teenage runaways fall into two categories: chronic and episodic. Chronic running away is a routine power ploy that could involve substance abuse, while episodic running away involves isolated incidents in which a humiliating event, such as a pregnancy or fear of parental disapproval, triggers a teenager to flee home.

Families, Not Services, Lead Change

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 09.28.2016 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

Programs cannot replicate the innovation, ingenuity and cultural appropriateness of what families do for themselves. Further, programs cannot provide the ongoing emotional support that peers provide.

They Don't Know the Life of a Foster Child

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 09.21.2016 | Impact
Sophia Williams-Baugh

Prejudgment, false conception, and assumptions are a few of the many things that foster kids deal with on a constant basis. Unless they have lived it, breathed it and endured through it, many don't know what a lot of foster kids go through.

Know Before Who You Stand

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

In truth, this work is not limited to a few people who dedicate their lives to serving others. We all have the ability to pause and reflect on who is standing before us at any given moment. And at that moment we are given a choice. We can choose to turn toward them rather than away.

Disability Housing: Living, Supporting, and Loving Intentionally

Micaela Connery | Posted 08.27.2016 | Impact
Micaela Connery

A leisurely conversation-filled dinner with not a single phone on the table. Religion that was welcoming and inviting (and-not-even-a-tiny-bit-divisive). Morning greetings of "Wow, looking good!"

Judge Says State of Illinois Could Be Held in Contempt of Court if Comptroller Doesn't Pay Social Service Providers

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.27.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If Munger and the state can't figure out a way to pay those social service providers, some of them will have to stop providing help to Illinoisans who need it.

44 Ways the Young Old (Boomers) Can Help the Extreme Old and Make Money

Carol Marak | Posted 08.13.2016 | Fifty
Carol Marak

If you don't work in the industry, you might not "get" why someone would spend cash on learning about older people. But if you're in the private sector, I recommend that you have a change of heart. I know that growing older is not an attractive phase in our culture, and the general public would rather ignore it altogether.

Has Rauner Finally Found Effective Union Reform Rhetoric?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.11.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rauner has said he would be more willing to talk about passing a budget if legislative Democrats were more willing to talk about these union deals.

Map: Where the Illinois Budget Shutdown Is Felt the Most

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.27.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

As Illinois' budget impasse continues, the lack of funding for government agencies and the organizations they support is starting to take a toll. Chec...

Money That Could Be Going to Social Services and Schools Is Instead Going to Illinois' Pension Debt

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.24.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois state elected officials are working on creating a budget for the new fiscal year. But even once that budget is agreed upon, there won't be ne...