Tag: poverty

Welcome To “30 Days And 30 Ways”

Welcome to “30 Days And 30 Ways Of Doing Good.” So, what is “30 Days And 30 Ways Of Doing Good”? It’s actually several things.           A Book. “30 Days And 30 Ways” is a book of daily articles and thoughts about making our community a better place by solving problems, meeting needs, and serving others. The book’s subtitle sums it up this way: “Your 30 Day Guide To Issues, Answers And Serving Others.” The simple goal of the book is to “educate, motivate and inspire” you to …

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What Would “Homeless Jesus” Need?

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.” – John Wesley “We cannot change what we do not love; we cannot love what we do not know; and we cannot know what we are unwilling to invest with our time, our effort and our resources.” – Maurice Smith   What Would “Homeless Jesus” Need? It first appeared in …

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Real People, Real Needs

Listed on this page below are actual requests for help recently posted (early 2018) on the list-serve of the Spokane Homeless Coalition by case managers working to help people who came to their agencies for assistance. Each posted request appears as it originally appeared, edited only to remove identifying information (to protect privacy). The needs listed here were very real at the time they were posted. We are listing them now in order to ILLUSTRATE the kinds of practical needs and practical service opportunities which arise on a regular basis. In …

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The Night They Shot Aaron

The Night They Shot Aaron By Maurice Smith (Editor’s Note: I originally wrote this article following the shooting of Aaron D. Johnson in 2016 outside the West Wynn Motel in Spokane. His was the second of two shootings (the other being Michael Kurtz, shot outside the House of Charity) involving mentally challenged and homeless individuals in Spokane. I share it because the interaction of homeless/mentally challenged individuals with local law enforcement is an issue with both local and larger implications. For an excellent personal/professional perspective on this issue, see Day 18 …

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