Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It)
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself
--- "Helping Without Hurting" the movement ---
The Chalmers Center - a research and training organization that equips churches with economic development strategies that holistically empower people who are poor
Study God's heart on these issues by searching scripture for anytime "the poor" are mentioned. The more we know about God's response to those in need, the better prepared we will be in our own response. This is of utmost importance, before anything else. If we see with His eyes, we will be generous by default instead of skeptical, cynical, guilty or anything else.
1) Look for opportunities to volunteer with organizations that are engaged with the poor and hurting around us (see list of who we partner with)
2) Teach your kids about the realities of the world and invite them along with you to serve your city. "Don't let your right hand see what your left is doing", but maybe let your children see
3) Struggle with uncertainty and guilt when people ask you for money on the street? Be prepared next time: make and carry around a simple bag of basic necessities (soap, socks, toothpaste, maybe even a little bit of cash or a gift card, etc.) to give to those that ask. We cannot "end poverty" but we can be generous in little things while we work towards long-lasting solutions