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My Mother's Influence: Why We Must Recognize Personal Relationships

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

In a three-part series I posted a few weeks ago, I shared the story of Myong, a refugee mother whom I tried to help when I ran a social service agency in the '80s.

Helping Should Strengthen Relationships, Not Hurt Them: 3 Perspectives (2 of 3)

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

The more I have learned about the hundreds of families I have tried to help in my 35 years in the social sector, the more I realize that most low-income parents or guardians should be approached with admiration and respect.

The State of State (and Local) Finances

Milton Ezrati | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
Milton Ezrati

State and local governments as a whole have kept spending growth in line with revenues growth and so have contained the flow of red ink. This is good news, even with all the caveats. There are, however, longer-term concerns.

What the Michael Brown Case Tells Us About Women, Fear, and Black Males

Eternity E Martis | Posted 09.02.2014 | Black Voices
Eternity E Martis

In our daily interactions with news and pop culture as well as anti-racist movements and protests, Black men become the representation of violence in America. However, Black women seem to fade into the background, as do the women who have raised them, cared for them, and loved them.

Helping Should Strengthen Relationships, Not Hurt Them: 3 Perspectives

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

It was 1983 I was running a counseling program for refugees from the Vietnam War. My social worker and I had just left what I thought was a great counseling session with Myong, a single mom from Vietnam who raising three kids on her own.

Expanding a Culture of Service

Kirsten Lodal | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Kirsten Lodal

Service is an essential part of our nation's DNA. Throughout our history, volunteers across the country have stepped up to fill a range of critical needs.

Why Are These Indian Children Being Torn Away From Their Homes?

Stephen Pevar | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Stephen Pevar

Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978 in an effort to stop American-Indian families from having their children removed by state and local officials. Yet 36 years later, Indian children in South Dakota are 11 times more likely to be removed from their families and placed in foster care than non-Indian children.

Where Are the Bridges to Opportunity?

Irv Katz | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Irv Katz

All kids come into the world with pretty much the same raw material. Each has a body, a brain, and is hard-wired to learn and develop. And let's not exclude kids with disabilities -- they have these assets as well. So on what dimension do kids differ?

What I Realized When I Finally Decided To Sign Up For Food Stamps

Dennis Powers | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Dennis Powers

These were not the dregs of society looking for a handout. These were working people, just like me, who just needed some help. This was a shocking reminder of what has become of the middle class.

How One Boomer Transitioned From Prison To Philanthropy

John Tarnoff | Posted 06.22.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Personal reinvention can be achieved through service to others. This is Susan Burton's experience, and hers is an inspiring story of determination and dedication. As an African-American woman from South Central Los Angeles, Burton was incarcerated six times over 20 years for drug-related offenses. Her young son had died accidentally, and the system seemed to be working against her at every turn.

Poverty and the GOP's Redefining of Christian Values

Thomas White | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Thomas White

It's not against the law to worship a free market, compassionless, capitalist society or to pretend that charity is a reasonable substitute for social services. But it is backwards. And it's wrong to worship this fantasy and try to persuade others that it's tantamount to the Christian God written about in the Bible.

Quality Care As a Driver for Health System Change

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

To fundamentally engage the American public in the future of the health care delivery system, we need to see value through their eyes as people endeavor to live their lives to the fullest, despite limitations. This can best be achieved by putting quality of life measures on the same level with quality of health measures to truly drive health system change.

When Health Care Outcomes Are Determined Outside of Health Care

Brad Stulberg | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

It's time to start thinking about innovation in health care not just as some new fancy machine or surgical technique, but also as how we identify, approach and work with vulnerable people so there is less need to treat them as acute patients.

Violence Against Women Lurks Everywhere!

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 05.10.2014 | Impact
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

On the occasion of International Women's Day, which was celebrated March 8th, it is sad that violence against women and children still lurks in the developed countries.

Giving Back to Our Returning Veterans

James R. Knickman | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
James R. Knickman

We have crowds with signs and balloons and yellow ribbons and cameras welcoming veterans home as they step off that plane; we have parades and sales at the mall a couple of times a year in honor of their service. But as veterans and their families settle back into life at home together, I fear we still fall short.

A Rationality Shutdown

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We're continuing to raid, bomb and terrorize Fourth World countries and pointlessly harvest global metadata. We're still "completing our mission" in Afghanistan. We're just phasing out the government functions that have value.

Ranking Colleges by Student Earnings Doesn't Make the Grade

Dr. Alan Kadish | Posted 12.03.2013 | College
Dr. Alan Kadish

While preparing students for successful careers is part of our mission, the notion of ranking schools by earnings' of new graduates creates a major problem for educators.

No Food Stamps for the Unemployed? NYC's Been There, Done That, and Its Not Pretty

American Anthropological Association | Posted 11.27.2013 | New York
American Anthropological Association

Cutting meager food stamp benefits to Americans who are out of work or requiring them to attend dead-end job placement training and Work Experience programs will do nothing to improve the over-all economy. It certainly hasn't in New York.

Happy Birthday Social Security! More Important Than Ever

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

The truth is that Social Security has not contributed one penny to the federal deficit. Retirees have been paying into Social Security for all of our lives. We are not asking for any handouts, only for the benefits that we have fairly earned.

Aging Out of Foster Care: The Costs of Doing Nothing Affect Us All

Gary Stangler | Posted 09.27.2013 | Impact
Gary Stangler

As parents, we know that our role in our children's lives goes far beyond providing them with the basics of food, clothing, and shelter. We also nurt...

Mayor Bloomberg's Legacy: Dismantling Our Communities' Social Service Infrastructure

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 08.26.2013 | New York
Melissa Mark-Viverito

Mayor Bloomberg has made privatization a hallmark of his administration, which has been most salient in his administration's rampant contracting out of municipal services. But in this final year, we are watching as this agenda goes into overdrive.

When Doing Good Isn't Good Enough

Dan Cardinali | Posted 08.16.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

When was the last time you heard someone use that old aphorism, "The perfect is the enemy of the good"? On its face, this sounds like sage advice. At the same time, I think there is a danger in this approach.

Boston Best v. Boston Strong: A Lesson for Service Organizations

Bob Hildreth | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Bob Hildreth

A key lesson from the recent tragic events in Boston is that building a community may be more important than striving for excellence.

Getting Better With Age

Donna M. Butts | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

Imagine a world without neighborhood centers, the Red Cross, the YM's and YWs, and hundreds of other human service agencies. What would happen in a disaster? Where would neighbors gather?

A Conversation on Data in Homeless Services

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.30.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Homeless services is starting to adapt the use and sharing of data. HUD has now even mandated all service providers use HMIS (Homeless Management Information Systems) as a requirement to funding! That's all great, but to make data really work we need policy and cultural changes!